Today's young explorer can marvel at the world with this atlas app
Posted: 10 June 2013
by Fiona McKim
Barefoot Books Atlas, £2.99 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, ages 3+
Far from poking drawing pins into a map, today’s modern young explorer can now marvel at mother earth with this atlas app from Barefoot Books. An evocative digital rendering of last year’s Junior Design Award-shortlisted Atlas book, this interactive 3D globe is meticulously detailed and informative, yet retains a childlike sense of fun and wonder about its subject.
Your child can simply use his finger to spin the beautifully animated planet, zooming in on areas of interest to release a plethora of fun facts, local soundscapes and interactive options. Three-dimensional landmarks and familiar cultural icons poke out of every region, including sweet stamping elephants in Malaysia and a Portugese keepy-uppy game, inviting plenty of click, pinch and zoom to discover more.
The interactive experience here feels enveloped in love and care, neatly wrapping up layer upon layer of educational merit in an appealing, sumptuously animated package that feels like a real treat to explore.
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