Take a sky full of twinkling stars, add a child’s imagination and a cardboard box, and you have the ingredients for Laura’s Journey to the Stars. This is a story app that makes a great addition to your child’s bedtime library, and is appropriate for children as young as 2 years. With gentle narration (available in English, German, and Mandarin Chinese) and a soothing lullaby playing softly in the background, it takes your child on an adventure up to the stars and back again.
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Laura’s Journey to the Stars - An interactive story book for kids to read together by Klaus Baumgart is available for all iOS and Android devices, and comes from Bastei Entertainment. There is a link on the opening screen that leads to the parent portal; it is disguised as a teddy bear with a screwdriver. Gently tap it to find options for translations, volume controls (narrator, background music track), and external links to the app store and social media. Originally written in German, the story comes with both English and Mandarin Chinese translations. The author, Klaus Baumgart, is also credited with creating the unique artwork that accompanies the story.
The main characters, Laura and her little brother, Tommy, are in the process of getting ready for bed. After of a discussion of the special stars up in the night sky, they decide to go up and take a look. They build a space ship out of a cardboard box, and find themselves hurtling through space. The pacing here is relaxed, so there’s plenty of time to linger on each page and discover all the animations, large and small. Be sure not to miss the mini-games that are built right into the story; find them by touching glowing objects on the story pages. (Hint: look for the alien, the compass, and the socks).
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Parents who appreciate beautiful illustrations will love Laura’s Journey to the Stars. Each page has been created with great attention to detail; pay special attention to the children’s faces, which are bathed in light when they turn toward the stars. The animations are woven seamlessly into the story and add richness to the overall experience. My favorite animations involve fairy chimes, a “dog star” stairway piano, and a miniature revolving solar system.
Laura’s Journey to the Stars is the fourth app in the Laura’s Star series. Other titles include: Laura’s Star, Laura’s Secret, and Laura’s Christmas Star. If your little ones like to snuggle with a relaxing story app before bed, Laura’s Journey to the Stars is definitely one you should consider. They will love the story and you will be amazed at the technical excellence.
Laura’s Journey to the Stars - An interactive story book for kids to read together by Klaus Baumgart is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store for iOS Devices (iPAd/iPhone/iPod) and via Google Play, Samsung Store and Amazon Store for Android Devices
Promo Price: FREE -- RRP $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
At the time of this review, Laura’s Journey to the Stars contains no ads or in-app purchases. There are links to social media and the web from the protected parent portal.
Review byJulie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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