I’m looking for an app about… green issues
Every month, I link up with Playing By the Book for a round-up of book reviews under the title “I’m Looking for a Book About…” This month, Playing By the Book is exploring green issues, sustainability and recycling. Here are a few picks for book apps on this topic. And two of my three picks are free!
This is the first app I have downloaded in 2013 which truly has the Wow factor. It is an absolutely beautiful app, which includes amazing photos, videos and interesting facts about a number of endangered species including giant pandas, tigers, polar bears, elephants and more. It is a wonderfully immersive experience, as you explore each section in a non-linear way which really feels like dipping in and out of a physical book. Rather than write about it, I would have posted twenty screen shots if I could. Younger children will enjoy sharing the photographs and activities with their parents, while older children will be able to explore it for themselves. The facts are presented in really visual, memorable ways, such as a comparison of tiger and human night vision. There is a spinning globe which helps you pinpoint where different species live. And as Mr Tall’s very first school project is about bears, the polar bear section is going to come in very handy indeed in this house. Thank you to @thestrollingmum and @readitdaddy for recommending this app – you can read their longer review at http://notesfromthetoybox.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/a-stroll-through-wwf-together-app.html
Compatible with iPad. Available from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/wwf-together/id581920331?mt=8 listed as FREE at time of writing.
In this book, a family take their paper, wood, glass, cardboard and leaves to the dump for recycling. At the Dump is a great choice for those beginning to read, as it has very simple and repetitive text. There is some interactivity, primarily helping to put the materials in the containers, and a nice mix of photographs and drawings on the page. As with all the Big Cat apps, the main attraction is the Story Creator option. This allows you to write your own stories using the original backgrounds, characters and objects in new ways, then adding your own text and narration.
Compatible with iPad. Available from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/collins-big-cat-at-dump-story/id526977340?mt=8 listed as FREE at time of writing.
This is a very thoughtful story about a girl named Miyu who is given a cherry tree by her parents as a birthday present. She very carefully looks after it through the seasons. There are lovely themes of respect for nature, tending gently to plants and animals, and growing up in harmony with your environment. For example, voles which have been making Miyu’s tree sick are carried very carefully by Miyu and her father to the edge of the city before they make the tree better. For some reason the word “voles” is pronounced “vowels” (I am not sure if this is just due to the narrator’s accent) but this is a small quibble in a lovely storybook! The illustrations are bright and appealing, it is easy to navigate, and there is enough interactivity to keep it moving along nicely without detracting from the story.
Compatible with iPad. Available from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cherry-tree-hd/id466442203?mt=8 priced at £2.49/$3.99 at time of writing.
I am sure there are some other great apps for kids about green issues out there, what would you recommend?