Van Gogh and the Sunflowers


Available in the App Store

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Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is art education at its best. This vivid app for iPad combines a thoughtful eBook story, challenging games and interactive educational activities to engage young learners for the long haul.

Based on world renowned painter Vincent Van Gogh’s time in Arles, France, this multifaceted app uses brilliant renditions of classic Van Gogh paintings to retell a story by Laurence Anholt. Told from the perspective of young Camille Roulin, the text gently expands on the idea of acceptance, an important lesson for young and old alike.

As they page through the story, in read-to-me or read alone style, children can get in on the action by painting story characters and solving mechanical problems. I’ve never seen an app that appeals so thoroughly to the left and right sides of a child’s brain. The paint function is smart, customizable, and all changes reflect in the story. The armature game contains several different levels of difficulty and complexity, making it a true challenge to children ages 4 to 11.

There is also a museum gallery showcasing some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings inspired by Arles and the Roulin family, complete with fun facts. Your child will be immersed in art education thanks to a cleverly selected star character (young Camille) and the app’s delightful use of original art.

Bottom line

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is a charming, kid-friendly app with a solid set of interactive features sure to delight.

***Introductory Price of $1.99***
★ Ahgoo Review: If you have an iPad you need to buy this app ★
★ Apptudes: “5 Star Rating” This is a must-have for any children’s digital library ★
★ Babble: The app is designed to appeal to both the right and left side of a child’s brain, and delights kids and parents by making art education fun ★
★ SheKnows.com: This magical story implements reproductions of some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings and includes beautiful watercolor illustrations ★
★ Digital Storytime: “4.5 Star Rating” Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is an extraordinary app with unique interactivity ★
★ The iPhoneMom: I’m not sure that I can adequately describe the magic of this app. This one is something special ★
★ Kids Apps Mobi: The art of Van Gogh is made accessible to young children through this beautiful story of friendship and devotion ★

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers from Auryn Inc. is based on Laurence Anholt’s book by the same name.

“Where Camille lived, the sunflowers grew so high they looked like real suns – a whole field of burning yellow suns.” So begins Laurence Anholt’s engaging picture book app about the relationship between the postman’s son and Vincent van Gogh. As the story unfolds, Camille and his family befriend and help this strange painter.

Based on actual events, this simple and evocative story has a powerful message of tolerance and compassion for those who appear odd or unusual, and march to a different drummer. Anholt’s gentle and empathetic text is complemented by his lovely and expressive watercolor illustrations, and includes reproduction of some of van Gogh’s most famous paintings.

Perfect for youngsters 4-11, “Van Gogh and the Sunflowers” is an inspiring introduction to the artist, Vincent van Gogh, and his paintings, that shouldn’t be missed.

Auryn has once again used its expertise in showcasing watercolor illustrations in the most realistic manner. It is a perfect marriage between Laurence Anholt’s illustrations and Auryn’s technology.

Key features include
★ Armature Game: Kids can touch an animated character to see the mechanism that makes it move. With another touch, parts of the armature structure collapse. Kids have to put all the pieces back in place in a given time to win. Completing one page would unlock another level and another page, keeping the child engrossed till the end.

★ Kids can also paint the characters on each and every page. The app is built in such a way that the paint will not spread outside the character. Once the characters are painted they become a part of the artwork and animate accordingly.

★ A tap on Van Gogh’s paintings transports the reader to a Museum where they can experience 10 different paintings of Van Gogh, listen to and read fun facts about each one of them. The 3D experience created here is sure to be a hit with children.

★ The soothing music in the background draws the reader to an era of great art and ensures he stays there till the end of the app.

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