Users learn about the play Romeo and Juliet as they use this ebook which summarizes the story and engages readers with interactive illustrations and puzzles to solve. There is optional text that goes with the narration, as well as “secrets” to unlock on each page that give background and historical information to help make the story come to life.
Story narrated by an actor playing Shakespeare
Engaging activities and animations on each page
Simplified story suitable for younger users
Romeo and Juliet’s Secrets is a high quality app that lives up to its description. The app is engaging and easy to use. Developers included a quick tutorial in the beginning to help users understand how to navigate through the story and what each of the features are. Users can choose to look at provided text if they wish, or can use the narrated version if they prefer.
Developers have rephrased Shakespeare’s classic play into modern and simple language that even elementary students will be able to understand. While it seems like the developer’s claim of making the story accessible to first graders is a bit off in my opinion, they did do a good job of simplifying the story and making it meaningful to children, probably as young as grade 4 or 5. The embedded historical highlights and additional details that can be “unlocked” are a real plus. The art work is also quite special, being modeled after actual art from the period.
Romeo and Juliet’s Secrets is a fun app that students will enjoy. The app has interactive features that will keep youngsters engaged between story segments, such as a quest to find a lock and key in each scene to unlock the historical background segments. There are also some puzzles, such as a sliding jigsaw puzzle, that appear between scenes from time to time. The app does a nice job of combining learning with gamification, which is popular in educational circles.
This app is a good value, particularly if you have or work with students in middle elementary to the middle school level who have an interest in the story of Romeo and Juliet or need to work with the story for a school assignment. It costs $3.99 on the App Store, which some may consider a bit pricy if there is no strong need or interest for the information.
Romeo and Juliet’s Secrets is a creative and entertaining interactive ebook that makes the famous Shakespearean play more accessible with modern language narration and historical background and information.