Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Star Toaster ~ A Review


My kiddos having been reading and playing Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree, from Star Toaster. When a flood overtakes the Woodlands, Abba and his friends must rebuild what has been destroyed. The critters of the Woodlands loose their homes and some loose their family. Abba with the help of your child care for the Orphs "orphans" of the Woodlands. This app is geared for ages 7-13. 

Meet some of the Woodland friends  Abba the flying squirrel, Hattah the Hedgehog, Stot the White-Footed Mouse, and of course the precious baby orphs. 


What exactly is Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree?
It is a reading app and much more! If your child likes adventure, than listen up!! Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is a 122 page online, interactive book. Abba, the flying squirrel is the narrator of the book. Abba cares for six orphaned orphs in his treehouse. As your child progresses in his/her reading, he/she will explore Stumptown where your child will continue an adventure in the form of a game. Your child will complete jobs and" educational" games, in order to care for orphs. Stars are the currency "monetary system" of the Woodlands. What are orphs you ask? Well, they are little orphaned creatures that are counting on your child to take them in and care for them. After completing jobs your child earns gold stars to purchase food, shelter, supplies and medicine to care for the orphs in their care. 



There are lessons and jobs in the following areas:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Thinking Skills
  • Character
  • Life Skills
  • The Arts
There are 61 lessons and 136 jobs in the above areas of study. Parents are able to keep track of their child's progress. 



Your child will get "job training" and will get to complete "help wanted" ads. Each job earns a designated amount of stars. Your child can then complete the task and purchase stuff for the orphs. 




In Brainstormers Inc. your child will answer questions in order to earn stars "money" in order to help the orphs. 


The books is interactive, colorful, and illustrated. One of my kiddos described the book as "a book on steroids" because there is so much more than just words on each page. Star Toaster truly makes reading FUN. Difficult or unfamiliar vocabulary through the book is highlighted words so that your child can click on the word to get a definition and further explanation of the word. 



In Woodland Watchers your child will get Memory Tips and upcoming news. They will learn interesting science facts, be introduced to famous paintings, and get recipes for some very yummy treats!!

Job Training includes Character Traits. I love that not only does your child learn and spend time reading but they also learn important character traits. Character traits are highlighted in blue throughout the text. 


My 8, 10, and 13 year old daughter's used this app. My 10 year old by far enjoyed it the most. She is my animal lover and was totally into the book, games, and helping care for the orphs. My 8 year old also enjoyed this app. She is a reluctant reader but was encouraged to read so that she could help "the poor little orphs" in the Woodlands. My 13 year old absolutely loved when we reviewed the first Star Toaster app, Orphs of the Woodlands ~ The Treasure of Hightower but I think she has kind of outgrown the app. I would love to see Star Toaster come out with a version of this app that was geared more towards the pre-teen through early teen age group. I absolutely love everything about this app! 

Back in 2015 I reviewed Orphs of the Woodlands ~ The Treasure of Hightower


I would highly recommend this app to parents. This is truly an app that you will not mind your child spending lots of time working through. Star Toaster says that the app is geared for ages 7-13. In my opinion, this app appeals more to kiddos 7-10 years of age. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    WOW! What a review! All of us at Star Toaster were encouraged by your words. You have a flair for writing and for layouts as well! We all enjoyed your child's description of "Orphs of the Woodlands" as a "book on steroids". We wanted to thank you and your family for taking the time to review our program and to let you know how much we appreciate you.
    Your Friends,
    ~The Star Toaster Team

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