A Day in the Market, an iPad App from Adarna House

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This post is especially for readers outside the Philippines who have been wondering how they can celebrate Philippine National Children's Book Month. You can enjoy this children's book iPad app - in English and for FREE!


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.



So if you have been curious about books and/or apps from the Philippines, please download the Kirkus-starred A Day in the Market here. It showcases some of the best of our fiction, illustration, and technology for children.  

4 comments:

Candy Gourlay said...

Fab! Congrats to Adarna House!

campbele said...

What an adorable book! I'm not much of one for book apps, but I think I'm going to pick this one up. Thanks!!

Tarie Sabido said...

Edi, it's a convenient way to get some Filipino kidlit!

cpsanti said...

yay! i have to get this for my son ;-) thanks for the tip!

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