- App Style: Multiple Kids Books in an iPhone or Android App
- Reading Level: 3 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes each (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Fun, detailed, colorful
- Age Target: 1-12 Years of Age
- Author: Ran Levi
- Author’s Page: http://kids.love.science
- App Purchase Page: It’s Totally Free on iOS or Android!
- Social Media Links: N/A
Kids Love Science is a wonderful application that’s been built for both iPhones and Android devices. It’s a collection of stories built by a massive team of individuals working within a non-profit organization. The collection of stories follows Grandpa Benny in his adventures (from when he was a postman) and each story has a scientific basis.
When I first heard of the application, I honestly thought that I was about to get another one of those applications where you get half a story and then have to pay for everything else. This is not the case, and quite frankly, it’s nothing short of refreshing! This application is almost completely free, as it comes with 6 free stories. Only the last 2 stories cost anything, and they’re a small cost at that.
Now, as a computer engineer myself and therefore a man of science, I love the stories in this application. They all have a scientific basis, and they all have a specific reason. The first story I read through was Grandpa Benny Flies To The Moon. Obviously, that story has a basis in space and in space flight. Specifically, it is a story about Apollo 11 and the crew that manned that mission to the Moon. It’s a great story that integrates our Postman into the story of that flight. It even has a brief factual snippet at the end of the book that explains what the mission was all about, and this provides an even higher educational value.
The other thing I immediately liked about the stories in this application was the point of view from which they’re told. Each story is told by Grandpa Benny as he recounts a story from his past as a postman. He’s telling his young grandchildren (Maya and David) the many stories and they’re all pretty outrageous. I don’t know if every postman has been on a space shuttle, to the north pole, in a car factory, on the first airplane, and on a fossil hunt in the Galapagos, but I know one now.
It’s also important to tell you how the application itself runs. Let’s get into that now.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen an application that downloaded as quickly as this. I also don’t think I’ve seen an application download its content as quickly either. What’s amazing about this is I actually think there’s a lot of content in this application. There is an audio track for each one of the stories, and they’re full
There is an audio track for each one of the stories, and they’re full of fun sounds and fantastic narration. The pages themselves flip over once the narration for that page is complete, so you can hand this to a toddler (I know because I tried) and they can listen to a story. All this while some pretty impressive illustrations roll by.
Finally, in this day and age, it’s incredibly rare to find an application or website that doesn’t require you to create an account. You’re usually required to give organizations knowledge of all kinds, and I find that horribly intrusive, especially when we’re talking about children. I love this application and website because it doesn’t ask for any information. They don’t want to collect your data. They just want your child to learn about science.
Our illustrator for the entire series is named Anton Bondarenko, and I must say he’s done an excellent job. There is no illustration in the entire series that I could have improved. That’s an incredible thing to say when you’re talking about 8 books and when you’re talking about an average of 15-20 pages per book. I’m sure as you look through the different images in this review that you’ll agree.
Have a look at the depth on the picture below. There’s an incredible amount of detail on each of the characters, there’s a fantastic background with interesting characters there as well, and each element is sharp to the point of popping off the page (screen).
I also found the colors to be especially vibrant. They’re literally coming off the screen of my iPad and they really add to each of the illustrations. There is honestly nothing in the illustrations to complain about, other than there’s only one per page!
The Author…or in this case, The Team
Now, I could spend some time talking about the author, Ran Levi. He’s the author of this set of stories and truly he’s done some great things here. The fact is, though, that Ran’s just a piece of this team and a piece of why I think this is such a great application.
I’ve been able to speak with one of the team members. His name is Edwin and he’s one of the producers. It’s obvious to me that he’s part of an incredible team that most people would be lucky to join. The team consists of our author and our illustrator, as well as designers, narrators, editors, developers, and of course producers (video and audio). There’s nothing missing here, and as far as I’m concerned, they look ready to produce movies, videos, and many other media forms.
What’s so great about this is they all have a specific goal: to educate kids about science and technology. Again, as an engineer, I have a similar take on educating children in the world of science and I take my child to every scientific education opportunity I can. This team has provided another opportunity, and I fully intend to use it myself.
At the end of this review, it’s pretty easy to tell you to go get an educational application on your iPhone/iPad or Android device. It’s also really easy to tell you that when it’s free, and it’s even easier when the content is great and the educational value is high. I love this application, and my child already does too. I’d much rather have this than a YouTube video about opening plastic eggs with toys in them, and I hope you do too. If so, go ahead and download the application for free for iOS or for Android! It’s available globally and those links will take you directly to those applications. Enjoy!
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!