You Are Stardust app review

you are stardust menu You Are Stardust app reviewYou Are Stardust (December 2012), Owlkids’s app adaptation of Elin Kelsey’s book of the same name, is a prime example of how digital application technology can vitalize what was otherwise a mediocre book.

Its transparent message of interconnectivity is illustrated through numerous parallels made between the reader and the natural world. For instance, “The water swirling in your glass once filled the puddles where dinosaurs drank.” Kelsey’s poetic text makes sweeping assertions based on current science — “Each time you blow a kiss to the world, you spread pollen that might grow to be a new planet” — but overall, the content is more spiritual than factual.

In print, the photographs of Soyeon Kim’s mixed-media dioramas (crafted inside handmade wooden boxes using linen fabric, Japanese paper with fiber and gold flecks, ink drawings, dried flowers, and fishing line, and more) appear deflated and do little to fill the space left by the abstract text.

However, the digital transformation recaptures the depth and texture of the original art. Each of the seven dioramas includes multiple scenes from the story and can be rotated and manipulated through touch-screen technology, allowing both a bigger-picture perspective and close-up exploration of the intricate details. The added animations, sound effects, and twinkly musical score pair with Kim’s art to finally realize the magic of interconnectivity the text so reveres, but was unable to capture in print.

you are stardust dinosaurs You Are Stardust app review

The app includes read-to-me/read-on-my-own options, a make-your-own-diorama activity, a note from the author, and a behind-the-scenes look at how Kim constructed her dioramas. Available for iPad (requires iOS 5.0 or later); $4.99.

share save 171 16 You Are Stardust app review
Shara Hardeson About Shara Hardeson

Shara Hardeson is a former editorial assistant at The Horn Book Guide.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind

*