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

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

§ 2 Responses to Spring Changes: a book morphs into a beautifully produced app!

  • Amy Ayers says:

    Hello, I purchased 40 copies of your app for my school district yesterday and plan to purchase at least 40 more later this year. However, the app codes provided thought the volume purchasing program will not load into apple configurator. I spoke with Apple and after escalating my case they believe the problem is with the app name. It is super long with commas, semicolon, parenthesis etc. It looks like you put the description in the name. They believe if you shorten your app name and take out the special characters than the app codes can be loaded into the configurator so I can use them. I’m holding off on asking Apple for a refund on these codes hoping we can get this resolved.

    Thank you for your help with this.

    Amy Ayers
    Network Administrator
    Utica School District

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading Spring Changes: a book morphs into a beautifully produced app! at Auryn Inc.


%d bloggers like this: