This month's app recommendation is an e-book app version of acclaimed children's book The Heart and The Bottle by Oliver Jeffers, who is one of the Children's Library's favorite authors. The app version of the book, produced by Penguin Group USA, allows users to interact, play, and create within the pages of the e-book.
The app, designed for children ages 5+, encourages discovery while telling a poignant story of love, loss, friendship, and discovery of one's self. We especially like the magical interactivity that allows users to draw, erase and also recreate sections of the story at their whim. The Heart and The Bottle app also won the British Book Design Award in 2010. Kirkus Reviews reviewed the app and called it "moving and stimulating," and we couldn't agree more.
Come check out The Heart and The Bottle on our display iPad in the Children's Library, and also on our circulating Early Literacy iPads. iPad users may also purchase the app for $4.99 from the Apple website.