Mother Gray and Little Blue

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Pretty oceanic journey needs more polish and pop.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice word recognition and sounding out. There isn't a lot of detail, but they can learn a little about ocean life.

Ease of Play

Options to read the story on their own, have it read to them, or use autoplay to enjoy the story. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mother Gray and Little Blue is an ebook app that has a few interactive elements. Kids can read the book on their own, have each page read to them, or use autoplay to also have the pages turned. Kids can tap on each word to hear it aloud. There are more words on each page than you would expect in a book aimed at young kids and not nearly as much interactivity. At the time of review. the link to the privacy policy didn't work.

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What's it about?

MOTHER GRAY AND LITTLE BLUE are blue whales who live in the lagoon. When all their friends start to swim away, Little Blue wants to know why. This starts a journey of their own through the ocean. Kids can tap on the different ocean creatures to see them swim or make them scurry away. Once kids have completed the story, they can go back through to unlock a few stickers, such as a mermaid or a deep sea diver, to add to the pages.

Is it any good?

This sweet but somewhat disjointed tale has lovely illustrations but gains little from being in an electronic format. Mother Gray and Little Blue could use a few more sentences to fill in the gaps and more interactivity to make for a "wow" experience. The addition of stickers is a fun idea, but there are so few of them that it gets old rather quickly. Whether you are reading the story yourself or listening to the narrator, you have to wait a set length of time before you can use any interactive elements or turn the page, which makes it less fun to read again. Kids will no doubt enjoy the watercolor illustrations that perfectly evoke the underwater environment, but that may not be enough to keep them coming back.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whales and migration. Why do some animals leave their homes? What are some other animals that migrate? Where are the whales going in Mother Gray and Little Blue?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

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