Download a canvas of possibilites.
"Storybook Weaver Deluxe" is a great learning
tool for an expressive kid. It encourages kids to write by
offering them endless story ideas through background
pictures, objects, and other options. Kids start with a
title page where they can plant a small seed of an idea,
and choose a border (like knights and dragons) to surround
it and set the stage. Their expression begins to bud on
page 2, when offered backgrounds and patterns that make it
possible to transform the page from stark white to
fantastical to alien. The backgrounds work together, one
group for the sky and one for the ground, so it is
possible to create a very unique setting.
Then the storyteller adds characters and objects to the
story. With the icons along the side of the screen,
objects can be identified, painted, flipped, or shrunk.
Trees, kids, sea monsters, and fish become illustrations
as a thought progresses through realms of fantasy and
becomes an adventure!
There are many options that are not included in the
demo. The full version includes sound effects, music,
spell check, and a thesaurus. The print and save options
are unavailable in the demo, and very unfortunately, the
text-to-speech option is also unplugged.
The real value here however is not in the options. It
is the fact that this is a very useful tool for
encouraging kids to take the initiative and be creative. A
blank page is very intimidating, and this program has many
helpful suggestions and pictures. Rather than handing a
kid pre-made entertainment, this "Storybook Weaver
Deluxe" teaches them to create their own!