After viewing and playing with these apps, they begin to haunt you with their simple beauty. I know it is highly unusual to combine two different apps in a review, but these two books go together somehow, and I can’t imagine having one without the other. Celtana has really set the bar in translating these culturally rich fairy tales of Ireland. The developer has beautifully brought to life these lovely ancient tales, and it is like experiencing a piece of history to encounter them.
The interplay in both the narration and art between long ago and the implied present makes these tales timeless. They are stories to be heard and shared and help us all learn about the world at large.
By discovering the stories and cultures of others, it brings us closer together. Both The Children of Lir and Oisin in Tir na nOg would be a grand way of presenting Ireland to preschoolers or Kindergarteners. As a therapist, reading the stories to gain postural stability, through positioning or acting out the scenes to help build sequencing, memory and mobility skills, are all possible. You can’t have much more fun than the chance to be Oisin and gallop like the wind, complete with a bike helmet and cardboard sword in hand.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.