imgres-7Lars and Friends by Carla Susanto is described by the developers on their homepage as Artisanal Children’s Storybook App Series. We wholeheartedly agree, this spectacularly simple app is a must have for several reasons! First off, children as well as adults appreciate the exceptional artwork, it is truly outstanding. Second, the story is enchanting and well executed; it celebrates language and reads like a poem.

IMG_0240A gorgeous red horse (that’s right RED) is the main character; he spends a full day with other animals in this unassuming story with just enough interactivity to compliment the plot. Lars ventures out and has a delightful journey with a bundle of different animal friends. This app is designed to expand upon vocabulary while reinforcing the names of familiar animals. Lars swims with a school of fish, jumps with a mob of kangaroos, and looks for food with a colony of ants. After lunch he then takes a long walk with a memory of elephants, is invited to take shelter from the rain with a tower of giraffes. As he plays, readers learn the names of groups of animals, from a knot of frogs to a tribe of monkeys. At the stories end, Lars basks in the moonlight with a parliament of owls and takes a dip with a bevy of swans. Lars is described as a quirky, kind, and affable horse in the credits and we look forward to seeing more of him in the future.

IMG_0241This app contains puzzles that challenge kids to make the animals whole again. There is also a learning grid to reinforce the vocabulary words for each animal’s group name.

Lars and Friends is a US-made, critically acclaimed interactive book app for preschooler’s that is designed to promote language learning.

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One of Ten Final Shortlist of 2015 Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award Winners “…successful combination of storytelling and information, executed in a very elegant, manual technique.”

 

 

 

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