Lars and Friends
By Carla Susanto
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A red horse spends a day with groups of other animals in this simple story with a clever learning hook. Lars wants to run around long after his herd has grown tired. So he swims with a school of fish, jumps with a mob of kangaroos, and takes shelter from the rain with a tower of giraffes. As he plays, readers learn the names for groups of animals, from a memory of elephants to a parliament of owls - Written by Kirkus Reviews
*****Shortlisted as a finalist at "Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award" 2015.*****
*****Selected as one of "Best book apps of 2014" and given a starred review by literary expert Kirkus Reviews. *****
*****Lars and Friends has earned Quality Excellence Design Seal by Digital Books Awards.******
- A fully animated and narrated storybook
- 12 pages of chunky puzzles
- A visual learning tool that introduces 54 entertaining terms for animal groups, such as “the ostentation of peacocks” and “an unkindness of ravens” (a big hit with the parents!).
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"Lars and Friends was shortlisted because of it’s successful combination of storytelling and information, executed in a very elegant, manual technique. Jurors said “the animation and the stylization of the horses is particular noteworthy, providing proof of artistic and academic mastery" - Bologna Ragazzi digital award jurors.
“Best of the extra features is a "Learn" menu that offers many more animal group names, such as an ostentation of peacocks. The app's shining features never overwhelm the simplicity of Lars' story or the nicely executed idea at its heart.” – Kirkusreviews.com
"Some educational apps are rather predictable. Lars and Friends, a new combination story and puzzle app, is anything but predictable. From the opening screen, in which Lars, the red horse, has a knot of frogs perched atop his head, to the end, there are plenty of surprises. This wonderfully creative approach to learning about the animal kingdom makes it a Top Pick at Fun Educational Apps. " -funeducationalapps.com
“Lars and friends is an illustrated delight and an thoughtfully developed educational app.”, “a charming storybook for young children that contains very special illustrations, making it really stand out among a sea of other apps within iTunes.” - 148apps.com
"Lars and Friends is a wonderfully crafted story book that delights on so many levels. The lush and stylized artworks are beautiful to behold. The story is fun and engaging. You’d be doing yourself and your children a favor by downloading this one!" - Hypi.st
"this has been one of my favorite book apps to review in quite some time. It might be that my favorite part would appeal much more to adults or older children than to storybook-aged kids, but it certainly could open up an avenue for parents to share with children how fun words and language can be." -smartappsforkids.com
"Beautiful watercolor illustrations, puzzles, and a short learning activity add to the story of Lars, a horse, as he interacts with his other animal friends." -bestappsforkids.com
What's New in Version 1.2
a beautiful and interactive app for kids
A MUST download for all parents who are new to apps, as well as seasoned users! You will never feel guilty about letting your little ones play with Lars! The illustrations are beautiful and captivating and the story is cleverly told. Kids will enjoy making animals run, hop and swim across the screen while parents learn new vocabulary and feel good about sharing beautiful, hand painted images of Lars and Friends. The app is far from the mind numbing, annoying and computer generated graphics that most other apps rely upon to entertain kids. Lars and Friends is like a magnificent story book coming to life. The images jump off the page and the diversity of the animals featured in the app are a great way for kids to explore wild life and relationships.
Lars and Friends
We love this app! It’s great for parents and children to explore together—we learned the names of so many groups of animals (a lot that I as a parent did not know). Plus each page has a way for the child to interact with the images of the animal groups. Our favorite part has to be the animal puzzles at the end, with an interface that really teaches our child (2.5yr old) manual dexterity skills in using a touch screen device as well as visual problem solving/puzzle solving skills. More please!
When is Lars and Friends part 2 coming out?
Our 3 year old is a huge fan of this app and navigates it effortlessly and with curiosity. She has learned a lot about the names of groups of animals and even teaches us the ones we did not know! The artwork is beautiful and sets the tone for this imaginative and inspiring digital product that feels like a really personal book. When is the next adventure coming out?