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Grandma's Great Gourd

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 3+

About Grandma's Great Gourd

Grandma's Great Gourd combines a charming Bengali folktale, minis game, and short videos on South Asian culture. The story presents a positive message about staying level-headed in the face of danger and resourcefulness. With great production value and educational benefits, it's a great addition to any child's digital bookshelf.

App Details


iPad, iPhone




Life Skills


In-App Purchases - No


Literary Safari Inc.

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Discover a storybook app—rich in opportunities for family game and story time—that puts a twist on the Little Red Riding Hood tale! Starring one spunky Grandma, two loyal dogs, and three hungry forest animals!

Our app is based on a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 children's picture book "Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale," retold by best-selling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters. It features an original music score and voiceover by award-winning composer and voice artist Kamala Sankaram, recognized as "one of "10 cutting edge artists that have captured the imagination" (WQXR) and “strikingly original” (The New York Times).

You will get 4 rich experiences in your one-time download:

READ: An animated, interactive adventure story rich in gameplay

ROLL: A rollicking, physics-inspired mini-game where you launch Grandma's gourd into the forest & unlock powerful gourds of different shapes and sizes! Created with input from science educators.

RECORD: Children and grownups can create custom narrations & sound effects. A great tool for bilingual homes and classrooms!

EXPLORE: In-App videos that take users on a virtual field trip to South Asia to get a taste of its food, art, music, language, and clothing.
- Language: How do you say Grandma around the world?
- Dress: Learn to put on a sari!
- Animals: Meet the wildlife of the Sundarbans Forest
- Art: Discover Alpona, a traditional art form
- Food: Make "Puffed Rice Stars"

Additional Features:
- Read by Myself and Auto Read for Me modes
- Text highlighting
- Interactive Gardening mini-game
- Free activity guide, "Things to Do with Grandma" for educators and families
- No In-App Purchases; one time download
- All text in Castledown, a dyslexic-friendly font recognized by Wired magazine as a “font designed to help kids learn to read and write”
- Great for traveling: No Internet connection needed to run app or play In-App videos

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