How Far is UP
By E Sargeant
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A ‘mesmerizing storybook app about three friends who wonder how far it is to the moon, sun and even to the faraway galaxies beyond our own. Educational concepts are woven expertly into this dramatic title, featuring facts about space. Simple concepts, expertly demonstrated, make this a book app that stands out for its narrative technique’ ~ Digital Storytime
'A fine encouragement to be curious, to reach for things strange and distant, to court adventure' ~ Kirkus Reviews
'A masterpiece' ~ Susanne Gervay OAM
How Far is UP 'makes a simple observation (regarding the relative perception of distance) and a deeper point (touching on our open-ended relationship with the cosmos) and does so economically and with definite charm' ~ Graeme Base
How Far is UP takes you on a fantastical journey to the outer reaches of our universe. This story weaves fact and fiction. Our three characters, Rusty, Buster and Ting are curious about distance and space and they embark on a bumbling escapade to outer galaxies. But when they find themselves in peril, can shy Buster lead the trio safely home to earth?
With rich collaged illustrations, this interactive story brings you the original photography and hand illustration of Betty Sargeant, combined with factual imagery from NASA.
Through How Far is UP we aim to foster a love of books and reading. Children can interact with and experience this app whilst alone. Yet we also encourage children to read this book together with adults - this combination of older and younger audiences can add to the richness of the reading experience.
This app entertains and educates audiences. How Far is UP includes a set of book-linked activities, themed discussion starters and more. There are teacher’s notes that are freely available from within the app. These notes assist teachers, librarians and guardians to explore and discuss relevant story themes and concepts. The notes focus on further developing young children’s literacy and numeracy skills, as well as their understandings of space travel, science, geography and technology. The teacher’s notes align with U.S. Common Core Standards and the Australian National Curriculum (K-2).
This application does not contain in-app purchasing, advertising, or links to social networking. The teachers' notes and the related video are accessed via a customised web-page. Yet this page does not contain links to any other websites or related Internet data. We do not actively collect, store nor share any personal information.
Finalist – Premier’s Design Awards
Official Selection – CHI Interactivity 2014
What's New in Version 1.2
More detailed descriptions of the featured space objects.