The Tree I See: Heartwarming App Engages Children With Autism

App: The Tree I Seethe tree I see

Developer: Aridan Books, Inc.

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (English)

Price: $2.99 The Tree I See - Interactive Storybook - Aridan Books

Category: Reading and Writing Apps


Entertaining Storybook Great For Children With Autism

The Tree I See is a delightful, interactive storybook brought to us by Aridan Books.  This magical book weaves the tale of a boy who spends a day out in nature with the animals that live there and a very special tree.  The content itself is entertaining while teaching the importance of forming friendships, so it’s a solid storybook.  In addition, there are several interactive elements that make the app even more engaging for kids.


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Kids can read along with the book, re-play pages, navigate throughout the story, and more with a couple of easy taps!  All the while, the gradual introduction of the cute characters are building your child’s working memory.


The Basics of The Tree I See

There is a blue/orange (the color changes) section at the top left corner of the app that pops out when the current page is being read.  If a user wants to read the page again, they can just click the arrow to bring the module back on-screen and then hit the play button.


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The leaves on the left and right sides of the lower part of the screen are for navigation within adjacent pages (one before and one after) but you can quickly jump to a certain part by tapping the acorn in the top right hand corner and selecting a page.


Animations and Interactivity Abound!

On every single page of the storybook, kids with autism have an opportunity to elicit some cool animations from the app.  For example: the tree can smile (and much more), the cloud can produce rain, the boy can move around, the bird can fly, the squirrel can climb, the skunk can hide, and that’s not all!

There are also a couple of portions within the storybook where users actually need to do something for the story to progress.

I don’t want to give everything away, so I’ll just give one example: there is a page on which you need to help the bird build his nest, which should be great fun for any child on the spectrum!


The Tree I See Has Great Artwork

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I found the artwork in The Tree I See, done by Frank Grau, to be especially extensive in terms of how much effort Mr. Grau puts into the appearance of the story.  Within the app, there are season changes, changes in the time of day, tiny fireflies that buzz about, and some other cool things that a less-careful eye might miss!


Get The Tree I See at iTunes: The Tree I See - Interactive Storybook - Aridan Books


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