Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stella and Sam Rainy Days and Rainbows


I have recently discovered the Stella and Sam books and apps.   My daughter who is three years old just can’t get enough of the stories on the iPad.   Every time she can, she will ask for either Rainy Days and Rainbows or In the Snow We Go

imageI was once again blow away by the quality of this app.  Not only the child will travel will Stella and Sam in the world of rain and rainbow but he/she will interact with them as well with fun games like painting with the dog or guiding a boat in a puddle. 

I particularly like the fact that the Stella and Sam apps are not “books” to read but more like a little video that the child can watch.   Having interaction screens incorporated in these is simply very creative I find.   My daughter just loves to help Stella and Sam in whatever activity she has to do while watching the story.    The language in the app is clear as well.   I have no problem to hear what Sam is telling Stella in English.   To be honest, it is very good because I have problems hearing certain consonants combinations when people speak too fast or there is too much noise around me.   

This app is very colourful and I find that it is simply wonderful to see the my daughter listening to it.    She really enjoys Stella and Sam and I don’t mind letting her watch it because I know that the app is based on books that are fantastic for kids.image

I know this app can be played in French as well.   It will automatically play in French on devices that have French set as the default language. To listen to the French version simply go to the "Settings" app then tap "General" then "Language". You will have to choose French and then re-launch the Stella and Sam app.   I wish the creators behind the Stella and Sam apps would consider making the switch from English to French a little bit easier than that.  Not everyone would like to always go in the settings to change the language on their iPad.    We prefer leaving the setting of our iPad to English and would like to have a quick button to switch from English to French on the main menu of the app.   I know it is feasible as I have seen other apps like this.     Having this feature would probably encourage families to have their kids listen to both the stories in both languages more often.

Stella and Sam – Rainy Days is available for purchase on iTunes for the price of 2.99$.


Disclaimer: I received the app for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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