Science Book App
This non-fiction book app brings kids into the world of ants by using collage-like graphics, onto which walks E.O. the Ant. E.O is so realistic that when you touch him, you may fear squashing him on your iPad screen.
Covering many types of ants, from leaf cutters to army ants, the app teaches kids about how the different kinds of ants live. It uses colored ink to attract kids' attention to interesting words such as "Bivouac" (a sphere of wriggling ants used to protect the queen and larvae at night).
Why This App is Good
When readers turn the 26 pages of this book app, the collage materials shuffle, resulting in a beautiful and arresting presentation. Kids will hear a rhythmic soundtrack as the gifted narrator regales listeners with quirky facts. They will learn about how weaver ants can knit two leaves together with silk and how honeypot ants store food for others in their colony.
The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants distinguishes itself from other book apps by offering a slider on each page to adjust the reading level. This app's unique adjustable reading means that a wide range of children can enjoy the 26 pages. By simply moving a slider bar, kids can control the level of reading presented. At the beginner level, the words are spoken aloud. As the reading is adjusted to harder levels, the narration disappears; so kids can read the more in-depth content to themselves.
E.O the Ant crawls through every page and will veer in the direction of your touch. When tapped, E.O. issues a speech bubble that reveals additional facts or perhaps a silly observation. The app doesn't have any other interactivity. Nonetheless, this app is a marvel of scientific presentation and a great way to learn about these resilient and busy little insects.
The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants is a great choice for both insect-loving kids and those who might be a little squeamish. The app takes kids inside the secret world of ants and shows some of the amazing things that ants can do. Readers can't help but come away with a respect for these bugs that they didn't have before experiencing this book.
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