כ״ד באלול ה׳תשע״ו (September 27, 2016)
Celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, by blowing the shofar to wake up toys, animals and parents in this interactive story full of surprises.
Children and parents will delight in actually blowing into their devices to sound the shofar and bring the story to life in colorful animations created by G-dcast.
“Wake Up World” can be listened to in “read it to me” mode in either English or Hebrew, with the English version narrated by social media expert and children’s book author Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg. The app has stunning visuals created by Laura Huliska-Beith.
Pick a boy or a girl character to star in the story. Use the microphone on your device to really blow the shofar in the story. Read it (or have it read to you).
In the Jewish tradition, shofars are sounded throughout the High Holiday services to call people to a spiritual reawakening, to re-examine their lives, to let go of yesterday and to bring in the new year. In Wake up World children (and their grown ups!) learn about the spiritual meaning of the shofar by waking up friends with a mic-enabled virtual shofar.
“Every kid I know is playing with gadgets,” G-dcast’s executive director Sarah Lefton says in the interview with “The Times of Israel” – “We want to make kids’ screen time Jewishly engaging.”
Lefton emphasizes that G-dcast has never intended for its media projects to replace real-life experiences. “But at the same time, most families don’t have a shofar lying around at home, so the app allows them to at least virtually engage in a Rosh Hashanah ritual,” she says.
App: Wake up World: an Interactive Rosh Hashanah Book for the Jewish New Year by G-dcast
Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Released: August 31, 2013
Publisher: G-dcast Apps
Price: Free (get app)
Android version – click here