Crazy Weather is an interactive storybook for iPad app told in rhyme about the dangers of global warming and of the crazy counter-intuitive weather that can result. Designed to read to oneself, there is an option to make a recording of this book as well. An iPhone version is also available.
The first thing I noticed about this app is how delightful it is to look at. All the pages are decorated with bright and bold objects, sounds and interactions in a multimedia and collage fashion, with objects including recycled paper with tactile grains, bits of materials like satins and silk with great shine to them, animals knitted from colorful yarns with interesting textures, as well as many pieces of natural materials such as leaves and straw as well as wires and pieces of metal. Each page has interesting interactions to find, and I give the developers great credit for telling the reader exactly what interactions they are looking for – page by page – in the help area of the settings, something I wish every developer of an interactive app did. Pleasant music accompanies one as the story is read. Recently, three holiday and ecology themes postcards have been added that one can email or Facebook as well.
The story itself is about how more and more often, the seasons seem confused, with snow in summer, leaves and plants beginning to bloom in fall, and other crazy, confusing weather anomalies. The story is told in a rhyming tone which is pleasant to read, and I agree that the weather changes one may experience now are alarming – to say the least. As an adult, I find the message of this poetic book to be very clear, but I don’t have a keen understanding of how to translate these concerns to my son, almost three years old in a way that he can comprehend past a lovely rhyming story. I would encourage these developers to write a parents’ section on how to talk to their children in a way that they can understand, specifically how taking care of the planet will keep these crazy weather occurrences from happening and why something as simple as warm weather in winter or cold weather in summer can be in reality ominous signs for the future. My son does enjoy the bright colors and all the interactions, but without help explaining the story, I worry that he may be missing the bigger picture.
Developer: Nhuma Expansion Technologies
Released: 2010-10-25 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperNhuma supports Earth Hour. Download Crazy Weather and talk to your children about climate change!
Do you think you can´t do anything to improve the planet? Now your iPad gives you the opportunity to teach the little ones in your house that caring for the Earth is one of mankind’s most important tasks, and we can all help.
Written in rhyme with hilarious interactive options, this fairy tale addresses an important and difficult topic: climate change.
Cute and simple, a child goes to the park in his neighborhood and realizes that something is wrong. On each page, he analyzes the situation and reaches a basic conclusion.
Each page holds secrets to discover. The idea is that your child can display his curiosity, investigating and wondering at every one of them. Of course, every element has to do with the content of the story and aims to give a positive and hopeful vision of the problems we are experiencing.
• Recording Panel
Your children are too young to read? That's not a problem, let them hear the story recorded in your voice!
It's very simple, just select "Recording Mode" and a standard recording panel will appear (rec, play, delete, etc). You can record, listen, delete and try again if you don’t like the recording. Once you have recorded every page, your children can listen to the story with your voice and learn to read at the same time.