Tested on: iPad 2 (iOS 4.3.2)
I'm pretty sure you've seen a lot of comic books (or graphic novels) apps on the iPad these days. But, I can assure you that Be Confident in Who You Are is not your everyday interactive graphic novel. And depending on who you are, you can find this iPad app to be a great value to you or your loved ones.
This graphic novel is illustrated by Matt Kindt and is based on the award-winning Middle School Confidential series written by teen expert Annie Fox. Be Confident in Who You Are is the first book of the series. This series is specially written for middle school students to help them to get along and overcome challenges in their schools.
With middle school students in mind, this story is wonderfully illustrated and carefully designed as an interactive iPad app. The app includes music and sound effects to enhance the experience while reading the story. Each part of the story can be zoomed (by double tapping) to highlight the focus. And, to get the best experience with the music and sound effects, I recommend you read the story while in zoomed-in mode. From the technical perspective, I think this app is thoughtfully designed for maximum reading experience.
But the real value of this app is not in its tech-savviness, rather in its storyline and how it's able to resonate with our kids and remind them to be confident in who they are. There's no better way in getting a teen's attention than to be empathic with their struggling minds. Teens are exposed to new challenges everyday in school and in their environment. Getting an inspiring story like this into their hands can have a great impact on a teen's life.
I really appreciate what Annie Fox is doing here with the stories and this app. Using the iPad as a medium to speak to young kids are very valuable, especially for parents. If you're a parent or if you have friends/family who are struggling with their kids, there's no better gift than this app. Get it now and spread the word. You'll never know how great the impact you're making.
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