I'll tell you right up front that Amber is a little older than the suggested age for the app, however after having used their original online product she wanted to try out the app too. It was a nice review for her and fun to revisit the orphs. Still, she completely finished the app in just an hour or two (over two days).
What exactly is this app all about?
Star Toaster creates interactive books that not only include engaging stories, but lessons on a wide array of subjects interspersed throughout the story. A fun game where your child can care for the orphs (orphaned woodland creatures) is the reward for completing lessons.
The new app, Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree, is available on iTunes for Apple devices only. It works equally well on an iPhone and iPad, and requires iOS 8.0 as a minimum. On iTunes the app is listed as targeting children ages 9 to 11, and I'd agree that those children will receive the most benefit. However, for children who are earlier readers, like Amber was, it would be easy to use as early as age 7. Amber is 14 and has started her 9th grade year. She definitely felt it was a little young for her and rather easy, but it was still fun to read the story, complete the jobs (lessons), and help the orphs.
The app is a prequel story to the original Star Toaster book on their website, The Treasure of HighTower. It includes:
The main story, a 122 page interactive book about Abba the Flying Squirrel and his friends in their fort tree house, named TangleTree. Since this is an interactive book various words are highlighted and clickable providing access to definitions and job training pages on vocabulary, grammar, science, and more.
75 lessons on a wide array of topics such as math, science, grammar, vocabulary, thinking skills, character, life skills, and the arts. These lessons are accessed through the story or through Stumptown.
Over 130 jobs that correspond to the lessons can be accessed through Stumptown and will earn starts for your child to help the orphs. Lessons and jobs become available the further into the story your child progresses.
The menu system provides easy access to reports for you, the parent, to check up on your child's progress. A summary report tells you how far into the book your child has read along with how many lessons and jobs completed. A second report details exactly which lessons have been read and jobs completed - either correctly or incorrectly.
The goals of the orphanage encourage the user to earn their stars and help guide them in providing for the orphs who live in Tangletree. It is a very visual way to see the needs of the orphs and make selections to help them.
Along with such a fantastically fun and EASY to navigate app, the people at Star Toaster provide quick and pleasant customer service. This is definitely not one of those apps where you will be left in the dark after purchasing. If you have any questions, the friendly Star Toaster people will be there to help.
I think this would be a great on-the-go app for kids to use when they need to be occupied, but you'd rather it be educational instead of mindless games. Just be sure to take along headphones if you will be in a quiet area, since sound is an important part of the game!
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