A Brooklyn Mom/Artist Creates an App to Promote Children's Vocabulary Building

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Lars and Friends is an interactive storybook app for pre-schoolers, designed to build their vocabulary through the magic and wonder of reading. The app centers around Lars the Horse and his quirky friendship with different groups of animals.

Lars and Friends and a parliament of owls.

For a child, developing vocabulary beyond its practical basics is developing their personality and confidence to interact with the world.

Created by Brooklyn-based artist and mother, Carla Susanto, it was born out of her discovery that young children build a richer vocabulary when parents use sophisticated words in conversation. “For a child, developing vocabulary beyond its practical basics is developing their personality and confidence to interact with the world. " she explains.

Readers will take away the humorous and curious terms used to designate animal groups, such as a "parliament" of owls, and "mob" of kangaroos.

The storybook is accompanied with fully fleshed-out puzzle features and an interactive vocabulary learning section.

The beautifully animated stories delight curious young minds by introducing culture, diversity, vocabulary, general knowledge, and etiquette in a fun, interactive, and imaginative way.

Lars and Friends was recently awarded the Kirkus Star by Kirkus Reviews as a book app with exceptional merit. It’s available for iPad in the iTunes App Store , and for Kindle Android at Amazon.com.

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