"A vibrantly drawn, highly interactive app ... It should be a winner with young children."—School Library Journal

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!

-Common Sense Media's "Best Book Apps for Kids" list
- Geeks with Juniors "Top 60 Apps of 2016."
- Winner of the Tech with Kids "Best Pick App" award;
- Teachers with Apps "Badge of Excellence
- Children's Technology Review's "New & Noteworthy App.

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

Recommended Ages: 3-8
Categories: Book, Classics, Folklore, Reading, Literature, Picture Books, Kirkus Award Winner

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Grandma's Great Gourd is a production of Literary Safari, creators of award-winning storybook & literacy apps Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale ("Fast-paced fun that will keep children coming back for more"—School Library Journal) and HangArt ("Rich in bite-size bits of interactions ... promotes cooperative play"—The New York Times).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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9 Ratings

Drisk02 ,

Exceeded Expectations

I was super excited to purchase this interactive storybook about a strong female character for my daughter, and Grandma's Great Gourd is wonderful. The Roll the Gourd game inspired by the story is loads of fun and something that I can see my daughter wanting to come back to play again - "can I play grandma". We've also experimented with the Sound Effects Studio in the Recording section and all got a great thrill from hearing our voices pop out in the game and story. This is loads of fun for the entire family and a great way to engage kids while reading.

FF1382 ,

Love Grandma's Great Gourds

The kids can't get enough this darling new app. My six year old son, who is a certifiable gamer, loves the game and reading along along with the story. My 7 year old daughter says "it's the best game ever" and loves how the story feature is interactive.
I love that it has beautiful graphics, is easy for them to use on their own, and they are learning while they use it and having fun. Great addition to our app collection!

Vasudeva99$ ,

Love it!!!

Enter the world of Grandma and her travels through the forest - the story gets you hooked with its visuals and the mini gourd rolling games. My son loves to see how far the gourd can roll and at the same time is being educated on south Asian food art and music. Loved how food was incorporated into this by a video by Chef Rama and the video on how to say Grandma in different languages. This is a definite keeper and would
recommend this app!

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