“Many years ago, before our parents and grandparents were born, there was a Kingdom of gypsies called Numia . . . “
So begins the magical story of Prince Rom and the Whale of Dreams, an iPad picture book story app for children.
In this beautifully illustrated and written story, we hear the whispers of the wind, the tinkling notes of music, and the lilting voice of a female narrator.
Turn off the narration and or the music to read to yourself. Also, follow along with the story in Spanish with the Spanish translation at the bottom of the page.
Personally, I prefer to keep the music and narration on as for me they perfectly fit this enchanting story.
Prince Rom and the Whale of Dreams
One night Prince Rom had a dream — the first dream any gypsy had experienced in a thousand years. He dreamed of a magical creature – a whale with lion’s paws and butterfly wings.
Prince Rom searched for the unusual creature of his dreams. He visited a mysterious land with creatures who had wings like birds and trunks like elephants, he went to a kingdom where the moon and stars were held up by tall columns, he traveled to a kingdom where some people were made of water and some of fire, and he visited a kingdom with people who had enormous heads, but no one knew of such a creature.
Rom returned home and didn’t mention the whale again.
Soon, the King of Malba visited the land of Nubia. He explained that his kingdom in disrepair because their special magical creature had vanished. This creature gave his people their dreams. It was a whale with lion’s paws. The King hoped he could find the whale stuck in a child’s dream and release it back to his people.
Rom offered to return with the old King to Malba where he sneezed the magic whale out of his dreams, freeing it so the people of Malba could get sleep once more.
To thank Prince Rom, the magic whale enchanted the gypsy musicians so that when the gypsies played, their people would would dream again.
I predict Prince Rom and the Whale of Dreams will be an award-winning iPad story. It’s not just a magical story, but the illustrations and the navigation both are excellent. I highly recommend this app.
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