Scottsdale, AZ -- Oct 23, 2012 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- This time of year, many parents of younger children are looking for ways to share the bewitching fun of Halloween without scaring the little ones. This year, there's an award-winning educational app that's perfect for that -- and it will keep young readers and pre-readers enchanted long after the pumpkins and candy are gone.
Meet Heckerty, a mobile app for Apple iOS and Android devices including Kindle Fire, is an award-winning interactive storybook for children. It's the story of how Heckerty, a hilarious witch, got her green face -- with a little help from her cat Zanzibar and all the other inhabitants of a magical children's destination -- Spellbound. As kids enjoy playing with the app, Heckerty teaches them to read, increases their vocabulary and develops their learning skills. It has won rave reviews and is free up through Heckerty's birthday on Halloween.
"Since Heckerty's birthday is on Halloween, it's the perfect time to get acquainted with her, and share in all the fun," explains Jan Ziff, the founder of Broomstick Productions and creator of Meet Heckerty. "Besides the story, there are coloring pages, craft ideas, and recipes for parents and children to share." (For details on the free add-ons to the interactive app, visit www.heckerty.com.)
Heckerty has appeared in children's education for over 20 years in the UK and was created by Ann Rachlin, Britain's Royal Storyteller and an internationally acclaimed music educator, writer, recording artist, lyricist and speaker. Now Heckerty is the star of an app that combines the quality of traditional English storytelling with 21st century technology and creative talent.
The stories are narrated by renowned BBC broadcaster Jan Ziff, founder of Broomstick Productions and creator of Meet Heckerty. As she reads, the text appears one word at a time so children learn to recognize each one and build their vocabulary. Even better, they can tap on any word to hear it read aloud as many times as they like.
Meet Heckerty is currently available FREE on iTunes, the Amazon Android store and the Google Play store.