Filipino children's book publisher Adarna House entered the iPad app market earlier this year by developing A Day in the Market, which is based on the Philippine National Children's Book Award-winning Araw sa Palengke written by May Tobias-Papa and illustrated by Isabel Roxas (published by Adarna House in 2008). A Day in the Market is excellent and FREE.
Children are taken along a little girl and her mother's trip to the market, where the little girl is amazed by all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and other experiences. She promised her mother that she wouldn't point to things at the market and ask for them, and at the end of the day, the little girl is rewarded for her patience and obedience.
Two things are very important when a children's book is turned into an app: The app must always respond to a child's touch, but the responses must never distract the child from the story. Adarna House nails these two things in A Day in the Market. Children poke and prod the little girl awake and dress her for market day. They help her navigate the market and play there with her. There are games too, like sorting things bought at the market - and cooking! All the features will have children grinning from ear to ear and squealing with delight. They work together with the minimal text and charming artwork to form one seamless narrative.