There’s an alluring, interactive iOS book for kids that’ll have your children seeing green….and a little red too.
Zoe’s Green Planet by Square Igloo is a charming tale about a little green girl named Zoe. Zoe lives on a planet where absolutely everything is green, until the day the Takino family arrived. Kids will like getting to know Zoe and her new friend Maho as they read along in this imaginative iOS book. Zoe’s Green Planet features wonderful 3D graphics, minimal animations, 5 educational games and 2 languages of narration.
This iOS book has a simple but imaginative storyline that moves at a calm pace. Zoe’s Green Planet will appeal to kids in the 2- to-6-year-old range. One of the best things about the 16 interactive pages in this children’s book is the 3D artwork. I was intrigued by the texture and detail of everything because it resembles paper mache or plaster. The music is whimsical and pleasant with a Parisian sound. The animations are minimal and the limited interactions on each page don’t distract from the story itself.
Kids can activate the 5 different games as they read along in the story, or play them separately. These educational tap-and-drag games involve skills like identifying, sorting, and placement. There’s even a simple musical note game to get the rocket ship off the ground. All games are very short and cute, but my favorite was guiding my rocket ship through the universe while avoiding obstacles. And After completing each activity kids will hear a gleeful cheer.
One thing I noticed about the leisurely pace of this story is that it teaches kids to wait patiently, follow directions and react to instructions. On every page the pleasant narrator tells the story and then gives kids a task to complete, like turning the clock hands ahead or placing objects into the right colored baskets. The narration is done by soothing female narrators and can be heard in English and French. The story can be read with or without text, sounds, or narration if you and your child prefer to read together at your own pace.
One other thing worth noting about this iOS book is that it has been featured in the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” section two weeks in a row.