Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A children's book app you don't want to miss

You may know 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', but interactive children's book publisher See Here Studios has announced the release of its third iPad Tickle Book® app, “The Three Pandas.” See Here Studios pushed the envelope for iPad children's books with it's groundbreaking 3D picture book, "The Wrong Side of the Bed"--that's right, 3D glasses give you a new perspective of a children's book on an iPad! Now, See Here Studios has melded appealing character animation, touch interaction and music into a delightful reading experience in “The Three Pandas," viewable in both English and Chinese.

Based on the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” fable, the book transports readers to the bamboo forest and the home of three adorable panda bears. “The Three Pandas” is a gorgeously animated storybook that features cinematic film intros for key story moments and touchable characters on every page. An original orchestral score, narration and musical sound effects further enrich the reading experience.

I'm continually amazed to see how children's books can be transformed and enhanced on the iPad and "The Three Pandas" offers a “Read to Me”option for full narration or “Read Myself” option to exclude narration; Auto- Play for automatic page turning; readers can learn more about pandas through an educational page and links within the app; you can record one’s own voiceover by tapping the microphone icon; there are over 60 touchable interactions in 30 lushly illustrated storybook pages; animated film- like scenes immerse readers in the bamboo forest; and there's a full orchestral score and musical sound effects.

Most significantly, See Here Studios has formed an association with the nonprofit organization Pandas International to donate a portion of app proceeds to panda conservation efforts. Pandas International is a U.S.- based nonprofit that works directly with the China Conservation & Research Centers for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in southwestern China.

The Three Pandas is priced at $3.99 and is now available for download on Apple's iTunes App Store:

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