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June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them. Encourage your children to learn more about nature. Happy World Environment Day!

For all the mommies, here’s a chance to win an Auryn Goodie bag for your kids. All you have to do is – Share your children’s pic playing outdoor games or surrounded by nature or playing in a park, etc. This World Environment Day, we at Auryn wish to promote the importance of nature amongst children.

Please tell your friends to “Like” the Apps By Auryn page so they can cast their votes by clicking “Like” on your children’s picture! The picture with maximum likes (votes) will win a Goodie bag from Auryn.

Here’s how to enter the contest:

1)     Post your child’s outdoor picture on our Facebook Page

2)      Ask your friends to “Like” Apps by Auryn Page to vote for your little one’s picture. Maximum number of votes would make you the winner of a fully loaded Auryn Goodie Bag

Contest ends on June 10, 2012.

The goodie bag consists of – 1 Auryn app(Priced between $3.99 to $5.99), 2 Auracle apps(Priced between $1.99 to $3.99), 1 Mimiki soft toy and a copy of “A Big Little Life” (Hard Copy) personally autographed by Bestselling Author Dean Koontz.

The winning picture will be featured on Apps By Auryn page. Fill our page with adorable pictures NOW!

Also, check out storybook apps educating children about the environment

The Trees Grin Beside Me

Winter Is

One Cold Night

Spring Changes

Tail Toes Eyes Ears Nose

Spring Changes: a book morphs into a beautifully produced app!

April 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

Auryn just released Spring Changes, my Scholastic book from 2002, as an app. It is now available at the iTunes store. It works fabulously, I think, but here’s the most interesting thing to me: the app is better than the book! It is more effective in doing what Spring Changes was developed to do (present basic facts about the season, encourage sensory awareness, and develop early reading skills) AND it is more creative in its presentation.

Ellen Senisi's Spring Changes app produced by Auryn

 Three reasons why the app is better than the book:

1 – The quality of the images is excellent –  the light from behind, while viewing on the iPad, makes the images come alive in a way they did not in the book. Scholastic did, after all, print Spring Changes as a mass market paperback and the quality of the paper and printing was never able to do justice to the images so it’s great to see them “shine”. It’s like looking at slides again (anybody remember film?). Slides were always visually superior to prints and now, when viewing photographs on a tablet, that color-saturated, mysteriously-glowing aura is back!

Girl skipping in spring from Spring Changes

2 – I also found that my original concept of using a background on each page worked so much more successfully in app form than it did in the book! While creating the book, I photographed some textural, evocative essence-of-spring images, put them at 50% or so opacity, and placed them behind the main images on the page. In the book, they look muddy on the low-quality paper and almost clutter the page. In the book, they are static but in the app, they are a dynamic part of the book’s flow! As you turn pages, the texture appears first and fills the screen before the main image comes up. The texture fills the screen again between page changes. This gives Spring Changes a beautiful and unifying flow. Plus, the textural transitions really add to the sensory awareness of the season that I originally had in mind.

pussywillows as background for a children's app

3 – There is the usual interactivity, such as word identification for lots of nouns in the photos and different reading options, but this app goes further than that: kids can actually make their own personalized Spring Changes. They have the option to type in their own text and add their own photos. They can import photos or use their own taken on the iPad camera. In doing so, they seamlessly move from reader to writer. How’s that for getting involved? For encouraging reading? And promoting creativity?

 I will produce a video trailer for the app soon that shows kids using these interactive functions. Great job by Auryn in bringing this title to life – find it at iTunesSpring Changes pushes the envelope of the reading experience, and I will be figuring out ways to push it farther in upcoming titles already under contract with Auryn. Next up, the companion title: Fall Changes!
page from Spring Changes, an app for children

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