**The products for this review were provided at no cost to me to facilitate the review. However, all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Going to school for the first time was such an exciting time for Kaelyn! Between new friends, a great teacher and getting to ride the bus home every day...she was (and still is) all smiles every day! I'm thankful she enjoys school, but I know there are possible downsides as well..including bullying which we hear more and more about these days.
Thankfully, moms have a new tool to guide their children in case of bullying and it's in the form of a lovable green frog! Naturally, in this iPad/Kindle age, there's an App for that!
Huggable Melodies is a new company formed by two moms who are also trained educators. They wanted to bring something new to the App and cuddly toy marketplace that speaks persuasively and truthfully to both parents and children alike through music and uplifting messages.
We were given the opportunity to review Picked-On Poindexter, an illustrated 26 pg interactive digital book with uplifting messages. We were also sent Poindexter the frog, a 13" plush that's huggable and comforting for children, and enhances the story for them as well!
We received a free version of the Picked-On Poindexter App. Just a note, it will not work on iPhone, only iPad (any generation, iOS 5 or later) and Kindle!
The kids were excited to check out the story, and so was I. Once we had it downloaded, we sat down together. I was impressed right away, and appreciate the fact that users are given the chance to either read the story themselves or listen to the story. This makes it a great option for both young children who can't read, and older children who can.
My kids prefer to listen to the story, but I've also read it to them as well! Either way, the same positive, uplifting message gets across to children and parents. I love it, and so do my kids!
The great illustrations and storyline about how Poindexter deals with his first day of school and Bonky the bully, allows kids to see that everyone is unique and special in their own way. It's also a great lesson on how to deal with bullying and making the right choices.
My kids enjoy reading/listening to this story often. They love Poindexter and talk about what they learn and how they would handle similar situations with friends. It's a great way for them to learn and most importantly, remember that everyone is unique and made special. They enjoy the story and being able to interact with the story, making things move such as birds and hearing sound effects, by simply touching the screen.
They also enjoy the 5 one-minute fun and original songs written by Huggable Melodies' creators that celebrate being a little bit different. They're catchy tunes with a great message that help teach kids how to face and cope with bullies.
To enhance the story and really bring it to life, we were also sent the 13" plush Poindexter frog. This cuddly guy is adorable and such a nice size for snuggling. The kids take turns having him in their bed at night, and always want to sit with them as they read the story.
The quality of this plush frog is excellent, which lets me know it will hold up well even though it gets played with on a daily basis. I love having this in addition to the app, and would recommend it to anyone who buys the app as well.
Buy It: Picked-on Poindexter can be downloaded on iTunes or Amazon.com. The App on Amazon is for the Kindle Fire and the App found at the Apple iTunes App store is designed for the iPad. It's $0.99 (a special introductory price) and recommended for ages 3+. The Poindexter plush can be purchased at HuggableMelodies.com for $19.99.
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