Laura’s Journey to the Stars

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Recommended

  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Education
    Editor: NA%
  • Entertainment
    Editor: 80%
  • Value
    Editor: 70%
  • Child Friendly
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

Take kids on a delightful adventure into space as they accompany Laura, her little brother Tommy, and Tommy's toy dog on a quest to help discover the dog's special star in this cute animated story.

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating:
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Overview

Laura and her little brother Tommy head to the stars in search of a special star for Tommy’s toy dog. Along the way, they encounter other stars, planets, and other intergalactic objects, while also learning key life lessons about concepts such as friendship. As they go through the story, kids get the chance to interact with the characters and play a role in the story as well, helping them past obstacles, complete activities, and just be silly with them. The interactivity combined with the quality narration and beautiful illustrations help create a story kids will enjoy reading.

Features include:

  • Narrated in English, German, and Mandarin Chinese
  • Read by native speakers
  • Interactive animations
  • Teaches life lessons

Quality

In Laura’s Journey to the Stars, kids have the option to select from three different languages: English, German, and Mandarin Chinese. Each selection offers narration by a native speaker in a soft-spoken voice that helps keep kids engaged in the story. As kids go through the story, they’ll also get to experience the beautiful interactive animations. While kids will love looking at the animations, they may find themselves disappointed by how little they can actually interact with the illustrations. Many of their taps produce subtle movements, rather than exciting interactions. The book also gives kids a chance to help out Laura and Tommy through some interactive games that are built in to the text, but often these games will frustrate kids because they do not offer adequate instructions or do not respond well to a child’s touch.

Education

This app is not being rated for Education.

Entertainment

The sights and sounds kids encounter as they accompany Laura and Tommy on their journey will help entertain them as they read this beautiful story. Throughout the story, kids will also get the chance to become a part of the mission, interacting with the illustrations to help Laura and Tommy complete key tasks. While kids’ ability to effectively complete these tasks will vary each time they read the story, they’ll still find themselves entertained by the attempt.

Value

Laura’s Journey to the Stars comes with narration in three different languages and features over 80 animations. While it does have a few quality issues, it’s still a story children will return to.

Child Friendliness

Once they’ve started the story, parents can rest assured that kids will stay in the story. It has no in-app purchases or other features designed to distract children from the story. Kids can also easily navigate through the story without much help from their parents, although they may need to listen closely to figure out how to interact with a particular page and keep their fingers from advancing to the next page before the narration has finished on the current page. The story only features narration, not text, so kids have to listen, not read.

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