Miniwalla the forest story

Category: English / Literacy

Ages: 3-5 5-7 7-11
Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free
This book-style app weaves a series of tales around animals, the environment and personal development. Accompanied by sing-along tunes and beautiful artwork, children will have a great time getting to know the people and creatures of Miniwalla.

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Teacher Review

Children love stories, catchy tunes, and characters that they can relate to. This app, a cross between a book and an animation, contains all of these. It is split into different chapters that each tell a story centred around Miniwalla - an animal sanctuary on the island of Java.
 
The stories each teach a lesson. Children following the vibrantly  illustrated chapters learn about the environment and animals as well as being prompted to think about their own behaviour and how they relate to other people. It is by no means a resource to teach science but it mentions various facts and issues relevant to the subject and is educational as well as entertaining.
 
Once a story is begun it plays automatically. Narrators read out the story and perform the characters' voices as the text appears across the bottom of the screen. Neither the narration nor the text can be turned off so both must be used together.
 
The songs and music really stand out both for the excellence of their production and their catchiness. Instruments and singers are clear and combine to create an aural spirit that matches the events in the app's stories perfectly. They will keep children coming back to the app again and again to enjoy them.
 
Each part of the story is visually brought to life in a colourful handpainted style. The camera pans across these scenes. Characters and story elements slide across the screen highlighting key players in the tale. It creates a lovely feeling of a storybook page coming to life.
 
There are many ways that the app could be put to use in the classroom. For example, a story could introduce a topic in science or it could be set to play on a class display at the end of the day as a reward for good work. It is easy to navigate to different parts of the app and the pictorial representation of each section helps the user to find the exact page that they want. A bookmark system makes finding favourite scenes even easier.
 
Of course, being so full of artwork and music, the app unavoidably takes up a large chunk of storage space. On more modern devices, which tend to have a larger storage capacity, this will not be too much of a problem but if you are using an older device you might find yourself having to make space.
 
There is the occasional typo in the text that accompanies the story. These aren't major and range from a non-capitalised name to an incorrectly pluralized word. Children probably won't notice them but hopefully, a future update will catch and correct them.
 
There is a lot to like about Miniwalla. The wholesome stories, catchy music and characterfully rendered scenes and participants make up a substantial app. And it is free! Aside from informing you about other music and apps in the series, (also 5-star reviews on The Educational App Store) it contains no advertising. You may well find that your child loves this app and wants to dive into the others but it is difficult to imagine a fairer way of letting you appraise them.
 
You should go right ahead and check out Miniwalla for yourself and your children. It is a great app that can be downloaded with no risk. 

From the Developer

On the rainforest island of Java in Indonesia, there is a fascinating animal sanctuary called Miniwalla.
Miniwalla is home to many exciting animals from elephants to parrots to dogs and fish and any furry, scaly, or feathered friend who needs protection!

A young boy, Henry, and his parents take care of the sanctuary. Henry is a courageous boy who loves animals and nature, but who still has a lot to learn about the world.

Miniwalla is the brand new musical app from award-winning composter Shirley Choi. This app is an educational experience and an interactive e-book. It’s full of sing-a-long songs, curious critters, and amazing adventures. Miniwalla includes six stories, each teaching lessons about endangered animals, protecting the environment, and how to be a responsible person. Each story features original music and lyrics, so you can follow along as you learn all about the island rainforest of Java and the incredible creatures who live there.

Miniwalla also touches on topics such as bullying, appreciating other cultures, and teamwork. Trough his adventures with both his animal and human friends, Henry learns about environmental conservation and how he can become the person he wants to be.

Want you come along with Henry on his adventures? Head to the App Store and get ready to explore Miniwalla.

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In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - Yes - 1st Party


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