Mother Gray and Little Blue

Rating Mother Gray and Little Blue - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 3+
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About Mother Gray and Little Blue

This is an interactive story book from the developers that also produced the popular and successful Jonty – the dinosaur who would not go to sleep interactive storybook. Both the graphics and sounds within the app really help to set the scene and the story itself is just as good as any award winning picture book. The story follows Mother Gray, a whale, and her child whale as they travel through their migration north to the feeding grounds. 

Mother Gray and Little Blue Review

This app is an interactive story book and is certainly one of the best that I have come across for quality of content in regards to the story and certainly in sound and graphic quality too. However there are also a couple of added bonuses that really add to the gameplay of the app and the learning that could take place throughout it too.

Usually an interactive storybook is just that, a story that the user can interact with in parts but where a story is usually read out to the user. Sometimes there is an option for the user to read the book at their own pace and not have the app read aloud to them (this app certainly has that option) but that is as far as they usually go. However, Mother Gray and Little Blue is different in the sense that there are a number of different ways that the user can access the content, maximising the learning as they go along. The user has the option, as you would expect, to have the story read to them or for the user to read themselves. This is good in a story based app as it means that different ages and abilities can access the app and the same user can come back to the app and use it in a different way once they have become a more fluent reader. It can also be used as a way to help young children learn how to read as the words that are being read out are highlighted so the user can link the words to the sounds. 

However, unlike most story based apps, there is the ability for the user to click any word, whatever version it is in, and have the word read out loud for them. This really helps when it comes to learning how to read. Further to this, there is another fun, interactive element within the story where the user can click on the ‘Add to Story’ option on the homepage and as they work their way through the book, collect keys that open treasure chests on the page. This encourages the user to not only enjoy and interact with the story but also learn important visual literacy skills. They can be encouraged to look more at the pictures and the story they are telling, making inferences outside of those that the words are telling. Not only is this an enjoyable process, especially for a parent, but also one that engages the reader in developing the key skills that will help their development in not just reading through words but also reading through pictures.

Overall this is an excellent example of a story book, based app and one that is elevated above its peers in the market by the added qualities that it contains. Both my 3 and 6 year olds enjoyed this app in completely different ways and my interaction with them also differed, giving the app a multi-dimensional quality that a lot of other apps lack.

App Details



iPad, iPhone


Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years)


Cognitive Development
Communication Skills
Life Skills
Academic Relevance


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


Oken Studios Limited

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