Thursday, June 23, 2011

Noah’s Ark

imageNoah’s Ark – An Interactive Children’s Bible Tale
Produced by TabTale

About the App

This classical biblical storybook of Noah and the ark provides hours of pleasure through its beautifully told storyline, sublime graphics and fascinating interactive activities and scenes.

God tells Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for the great flood that will cover the earth. God also instructs Noah to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, along with every kind of food to be stored while on the ark. Noah obeys everything God commands him to do.

After they entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for a period of forty days and nights and flooded the earth. As the waters receded, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Noah and his family continued to wait while the surface of the earth dried out. Finally, a dove came back with an olive branch, in sign of dry land. Noah and the animals disembark and disperse over the earth.

The story book re-enacts this beautiful bible tale with engaging interactive activities on every page. Help Noah build the ark. Help the animals embark and listen to their names. Guess which animal it is in the dark from the sound it makes. Navigate the ark, and many more interactions to keep the entire family engaged.

Bible Tale - Noah's Ark is part of a line of rich interactive storybooks by TabTale.

Our Thoughts

imageFirst and foremost, I am happy that TabTale is making apps based on stories of the Bible.   The colorful pages have help my daughter to stay attentive during the story.   The creators have also included many special interaction throughout the story.

However, I am disappointed that the story is not told the way it is mentioned in the Bible.   God has brought the animals not Noah’s family.   God has close the door of the ark not Noah.   The story mentions that the ark was built in two days – such a construction would have take longer than that and the Bible doesn’t mention the length of time associated with the construction of the ark. And the story mentioned that Noah’s helped people around him.  There is no such mentioned in the Bible but it does says that Noah was

a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.  Genesis 6:9

While you go through the story, you can see the corruption of the people at the beginning of the story. But the text doesn’t go with what you see.   I am disappointed that some information was added to the text of the Bible.  Personally I would have preferred that the story be accurate and not changed as I find important to teach the truth to my children.

As I mentioned earlier, interaction is present in all the reading options you have on this app – Auto Play, Read it Myself and Read to Me.   I am quite pleased with the quality and the level of interaction included on each pages.   It is impressive to see that the creators behind this app have thought of putting a long list of imageanimals to go in and out of the ark.  There is even a guessing game where you have to name the animals in the darkness of the ark by the noise they make.   When you are done, click on the lamp to discover which ones were there. 

The Read to Me will automatically read each page of the story to your child.   The Auto Play automatically reads the book to you and turn the pages.   It is perfect for younger children.    The Read it Myself however will allow the child to control the reading himself.

This app is well done and will be entertaining.   As a Christian parent, I will sit down with my children and point out the disparities between this story and what is written in the Bible.  

Noah’s Ark is available directly from iTunes for the price of 99 cents.

The whole story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis 6:1-9:17.

Disclaimer: I received the app for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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