Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Time4Sleep's Jack and the Beanstalk

In honor of National Storytelling Week (January 26-February 2, 2013), a surprising advocate has developed an online version of a classic fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk.  Time4Sleep, an online retailer of beds, has brought this classic tale into the digital age by providing a modern version in both storybook and rhyming format.

In the storybook version, the well known tale is told accompanied by simple, yet attractive moving graphics.  The second option turns Jack's tale into a rhyme, using the same graphics featured in the storybook form.  It is the images that are the most striking to me.  The contrasting colors and sharp angles are fun to watch and seem very fitting for storytime with your child.  Being a fan of original fairy tales, my personal preference of the options is the classic tale.  The rhyme is a fun alternative, but I found it more difficult to read smoothly in a read-aloud format.

I mentioned earlier that the developer of this digital story was a surprising advocate; however, I now stand corrected.  Beds can be a huge factor in getting a good night's sleep, but the story that comes before it, preferably accompanied by some cuddle time with a parent, can leave a child dreaming sweet tales all night long, waking refreshed and ready for creative adventures throughout the day.  Time4Sleep's story of Jack can be one of the tales to spur those dreams!

What did you think of the digital tale?  Which version do you prefer?

This review was written upon request from Marion at Epiphany Search.


  1. All I know is I can't wait for the movie! :)

  2. Both versions are cute, but I LOVED the graphics.

    1. Amateur Novelist ... The graphics were definitely my favorite!!


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