Stereotypes about girls and boys have been around for some time. A prominent one is about colors: blue is for boys and pink is for girls. But should that always be the case? Developer The Happy Dandelion invites readers to ponder the question in their new interactive storybook, The Boy Who Liked Pink and The Girl Who Liked Blue.
Breaking Gender Stereotypes
In this vibrant tale, readers follow the conversation between two characters whose preferences and interests defy gender stereotypes. The boy likes the color pink, prefers romance-filled musicals, plays with dolls. The girl likes the color blue, dresses up as a monster for Halloween, keeps tarantula as a pet. They initially disapprove of each other's taste and hobbies, but as the story progresses they learn that they have more in common that they think.
Navigating the app is simple: to continue the conversation, tap the characters' shirts. To move to the next page, tap on the arrow that appears at the end of the dialog. You can also tap on the characters to discover additional animations. A less obvious feature is that you can tap on the first word of each paragraph to have it read aloud by a child narrator.
If you want to skip a page, you can bring up the navigator bar by tapping on the top right. Tap the pink arrow to go to the next page, and the blue arrow to go to the previous page. You can also tap on the Home icon to go back to the main screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Boy Who Liked Blue and The Girl Who Liked Pink is made for kids ages 6-8. It's fairly easy to use, and there is a helpful section accessible from the main screen that explains how to use the app.
The app is also safe for kids. It has no third-party adverts and no in-app purchases, plus it does not require an Internet connection. The app is currently available in English only.
Things I Like
The Boy Who Liked Blue and The Girl Who Liked Pink is an unconventional storybook that invites the readers to think deeply about the common stereotypes around them. Its simple, conversational format helps get the message across even to readers who are not yet within the targeted age range. The use of everyday examples, such as a person's hobby or favorite movie genre, also makes it easy for kids to relate to the story.
Beyond the stereotype about colors, the app asks an important question: are we really supposed to do or like something because of how others perceive us? Or can we go beyond the limits and reach our dreams? In times like these, it's important to recognize that everyone has potential to become anything they want regardless of their predesposition.
Breaking stereotypes start from an early age, and The Boy Who Liked Blue and The Girl Who Liked Pink is a great book-app to help instill the belief that everyone can become whatever they want regardless of their predisposition. This colorful story comes with an excellent set of illustrations and enough interactions to keep kids engaged from start to end. Narrated reading is available for developing readers.
App was provided for our honest review.
About The Happy Dandelion
Located in New York City, The Happy Dandelion was founded in 2013 by Donna and Joshua Wilson. They conceive, create, write, illustrate and produce their own content with a passionate commitment to make engaging products that entertain children of all ages.
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