Diversity exists everywhere we go. As parents, we want our children to accept these differences so that they can live and work harmoniously with other people.
Today, I want to highlight a book app that teaches kids to practice open-mindedness and tolerance. Called Lucy & Pogo, it tells the story about a cat that defies expectations and changes other people’s mindset.
The Story of Lucy and Pogo
Lucy, a cat, dreams of going to school like her canine neighbor, Pogo, but cats are not allowed there. So she puts on her disguise, learns to wag her tail, and boldly comes to class. Things seem to go well at first, but then the teacher decides to show the class how to hunt cats. Are cats and dogs just not meant to get along, after all?
The app Lucy & Pogo is based on the children’s book “Le Chat qui aboyait” by Gérard Moncomble and Pawel Pawlak. Originally written in French, the story has also been made available in English, German, Polish, and Spanish. It is fully narrated and features very few text, which makes it suitable for ages 3+.
Interwoven throughout the narrative are various mini games that teach basic preschool skills, such as counting, spelling, music, and problem solving. For example, one scene requires you to spell Lucy’s fake name, “Rocky”, by dragging the letters to the correct spots. In another scene, you’ll have to connect the dots to form a picture.
When you open the app, you’ll be presented with the option to play the story from the beginning or jump to a specific scene. Once you’re in the story, the app will automatically play the scenes and turn the pages for you. At the time I’m writing this review, there isn’t an option to read the story on your own.
Parents Need to Know
Lucy & Pogo is a great app for young children. Since everything is narrated, they shouldn’t have any problems navigating the app. The instructions are also clear and accompanied by arrows.
The app contains no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. It contains an external link to the developer’s website, but it is protected by a security question. You don’t need an Internet connection to read the story.
Things I Like
Lucy & Pogo is a thoughtful tale about tolerance and developing empathy for others. Using Lucy and Pogo as examples, we can talk with our children about prejudice: how would we feel if people isolate us? What would we do if someone we know is treated unfairly because of their physical trait or belief? Additionally, we can also discuss with our children how Lucy doesn’t let external pressures stop her from chasing her dreams.
Design-wise, the app is very well done. The transitions from narrative to game always feel natural, plus the mini games themselves will appeal to young children. The graphics and animations are excellent, and the jazzy background music will make you want to keep the volume turned on for the entire duration of the app.
Lucy & Pogo is an excellent storybook that teaches children about empathy and overcoming prejudice. Through its humorous storyline and adorable characters, children can learn to identify and deal with negative behaviors from other people. The app also includes various mini games to develop basic preschool skills. All in all, this is a great app for ages 3+.
App was provided for our honest review.