I have been always looking for a good world atlas app to help my son learn about the world, a map not just includes geography information, but also about world culture. I have heard so much about Barefoot World Atlas, and finally got a chance to check it out. I was really impressed and love how the app is made, so was my son.
The app is based off the print book of the same title. The print book is well done, and the app offers even more than the book.
When kids open the app, they will see a globe welcoming them to explore. Kids can spin the globe or zoom into any region they want to explore. While kids move around the globe visiting different regions, the background music will change to that region’s local music, which really sets the atmosphere inviting you to go in to learn more about the region.
The globe is beautifully illustrated, with 3D icons of country flags, landmarks, known animals and plants, … Touching on any of the icon brings up closer view of the object with just about right detailed level of information that are easy for kids to comprehend. If it is a country, kids will see the capital city, local time and weather at the time, and some historical information of the country. If kids want more data, there are data on the country’s population, currency, highest point, land area, and more.
The app has some add-on packages, like Atlas Puzzles, Great Cities. We downloaded the Great Cities package. With the added package, we are able to see more landmarks with city level information. There are 100 cities included in the package. We see there will be more packages added. My son already told me he would like to have the International Soccer package when it is available.
I like both the print book and the app. The illustration is beautiful with the right level of details to grab kids’ attention. I am really amazed with how smooth and responsive of the app’s interactive features are. Given how much data it carries, it responses to touches with no delay. We played on the app for almost an hour, moving from continent to continent, bringing up different landmarks, we were able to get to the place the instant we touched the spot, the zooming of the pictures and the transition of the music were always smooth and quick.
Barefoot World Atlas is perfect for us, as I believe learning about the world is not just about country names, flags, mountains and rivers. All these are important to know, but I also want to learn the story behind these names, and cultural and history of different countries. Barefoot World Atlas is a perfect resource for this.
Barefoot World Atlas is available on iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is $4.99 for the base package Starter Atlas, which carries a lot information to begin with. Each additional package is available for $1.99 via In-App Purchase.
If you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, the print book is just as wonderful. Instead of reaching information via interactive features, all information is nicely laid out on one page. It might be just easier for younger kids to explore and navigate through the world. Below the Amazon link leads you to the print book.
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This is one of my favourite apps. There is so much information and I’ve learnt as much from it as my daughter has.
We love this app. It is a great app to look at together as a family.
Both the app and the print book look beautiful. I was wondering if the combination would be a good fit and you already answered that. 🙂 Thank you for your detailed review. Happy #MCKLitDay!
Now that we have used both print book and app for a while, I feel they really compliment each other well. I like the big pictures on the print book, and the interactive features on the iPad.
Thank you so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. What a beautiful app that also ties back to a gorgeous book. I know my kids will be eager to check this app out and we always seem to have a lot of questions about where countries are (or even if it is a country or a city!).
Thanks PragmaticMom for organizing the event, and for including iGameMom. We really like both the print book and the app. Now just start checking out everyone else’s books.
I love maps and geography.. It is so much neglected in schools today. This sounds like a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing!
I was not very good in geography, but this book (and app) make geography much more fun. My son and I have been on the book reading together a lot in the past couple weeks.
This app sounds really cool! I am actually allowing my son to have less time on the iPad – and do less “iParenting” – but I will have to check this one out. We already have the book so the app would be great for on the go. Thanks for sharing!
I should have said in the review, the app is really a good supplement to the print book. It brings new perspectives with the interactive and 3D features.