Ebook/app turns child’s first hospital visit into an enlightening experience

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

When a family member takes ill and gets admitted to the hospital, it is imperative to prepare a small child for that visit in order to alleviate the fears they may have and to make the visit the best it can be for both child and patient. Luca Lashes® LLC continues its efforts to turn children’s “fearful firsts” into educational experiences with the release of its eighth multilingual eBook and app for children in this series. Entitled Luca Lashes® Visits Mommy in the Hospital, the book helps young children and children with special needs better understand the many facets of visiting someone in the hospital. The main character of the book, Luca, is a boy who has magic eyelashes that give him special powers and make him brave.  

The digital book is beautifully illustrated and features words which are highlighted across the page for early literacy acquisition. The story offers lively cadence and rhyming and each story is available in any one of several languages – English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Italian – to meet diverse language needs, as well as to introduce new languages to children.

The app version of the book also includes originally scored music, sound effects, animations and lots of interactive opportunities that combine learning and fun. The app can be played in a “read to me” format to provide young children with assistance in reading the book, or narration can be paused, so children can explore the page. The app also includes the ability to switch between the five offered languages for beginning second language learning.

Created by long-time educators Nicole and Damir Fonovich, the Luca Lashes® eBook and app series were inspired by their little boy, Lucas, and their desire to help him be brave in all his childhood discoveries. Many children fear the unknown, but with the help of a good book, and Luca’s magic lashes, they too can overcome their fears and learn from the world around them. The Luca Lashes® series makes first experiences, from dentist visits to swim lessons, a more positive experience for children and parents. The back of the book offers a parental section to help initiate a discussion.

Luca Lashes® Visits Mommy in the Hospital is available at iTunes, on the iBookstore, Amazon.com, BN.com, Google Play, and at www.LucaLashes.com

Interested readers can also familiarize themselves with the Luca Lashes® series for free by downloading the first app in the series, Luca Lashes®, the Brown-Eyed Boy with the Magic Eyelashes on iTunes, Google play, the Amazon App Store, or NOOK. 

About Luca Lashes® LLC
Luca Lashes® is a series of interactive apps and eBooks helping children to be brave when confronting new, unexpected and sometimes fearful, experiences. Parents and caregivers can use these apps and eBooks to help children deal with their "fearful firsts," including first visits to the doctor or dentist, first trip to the nursing home, first haircut, among other firsts. To stay up to date on Luca Lashes, visit www.LucaLashes.com and sign up for the e-newsletter. You can also connect with Luca Lashes® on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, or its blog. View the electronic press kit here