Learn, Read and Enjoy War Horse

Total Score: 30

War Horse delivers on so many levels.  If you love history, you will find a WWI timeline, historical photos, artifacts, letters and films.  You’ll also see insights from various experts on WWI including ones from Flanders Field Museum,  the National Army Museum (London), The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial (Kansas City), the grandson of General Jack Seely, and from the Chief Executive of the Brooke (an international charity for the welfare of working equines).   If you love performance, you will find heart-wrenching performances of poems like The Charge of The Light Brigade or Dulce et Decorum Est.  The most standout performance is the author performing an edited version of the story with musicians John Tams and Barry Coope.   In addition, but certainly the cornerstone of the app, you can read the illustrated novel or listen to Michael Morpurgo’s reading.   It is almost hard to imagine all of this in one app. Continue reading “Learn, Read and Enjoy War Horse”

Explore Egyptian Tombs with Pyramids 3D

Total Score: 29.5

Egyptian pyramids have fascinated us since Howard Carter discovered the treasurers of King Tut’s tomb in 1922.  We have enjoyed movies about them, TV shows and an amazing number of books.  Now, Touch Press brings us an app that allows us to walk through the Pyramids, not only as if we were there, but better than that!   Some of the views you have in this app are in protected areas and even if you were there, you couldn’t see them.   Not only that, Dr. Zahi Hawass adds his extensive knowledge of the area to the project.  Pyramids 3D is a treasure.  Continue reading “Explore Egyptian Tombs with Pyramids 3D”

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy For iPad – The Master’s work and a Masterpiece App

Total Score:   29.5

I am dazzled by Leonard da Vinci: Anatomy, and it’s hard to pick out just what feature is the most impressive.  There are 268 of da Vinci’s drawings.   You can pinch and zoom in to see amazing detail.   In addition, there are eleven (short) chapters of information corresponding to each drawing, including background of what was the conventional thinking at the time and how Leonardo understood the truth and occasionally how he was influenced by his contemporaries.   There are interviews by the curator of the drawings and historians and scientists. You can interact with the 3-D images that correspond with the drawings.  This book works as a history book, an art book, a study of anatomy and most certainly, as a spectacular iPad book. Continue reading “Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy For iPad – The Master’s work and a Masterpiece App”

Read, Listen, Enjoy Overdrive App

Total Score:  29

 If you love to read, than Overdrive for iPad or iPhone will become one of your favorite apps.   You add your library, search for an available title, and download a book.  For my library, there is a seven-day limit.  I assume something similar exists for other libraries.   This is a great resource for the avid reader.  It is a green solution to driving to a library to check out books – whether you want to read one or listen.  There are certainly more books available to check out at a library, but this is a great way to grab a book from the comfort of your home. It can also be used to read books obtained from retail sites. Continue reading “Read, Listen, Enjoy Overdrive App”