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Review: Our Choice

Stunning photography, informative video clips, and a cogent message characterize this 2011 Apple Design Award-winning app based on the Al Gore book. Also worthy of note: all earnings from this production will be donated to the nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection.

Title: Our Choice
Al Gore
Published by: Rodale, Inc.
Produced by: Melcher Media, Inc.
Powered by: Push Pop Press, Inc.
Platform: iOS 4.2 or later
Version: 1.0

Gr 9 Up-In his book Our Choice (Rodale, 2009), Gore placed the response to global warming squarely in the world’s collective hands, as he detailed the wide-ranging crisis and identified possible solutions. With the publication of Our Choice in an app format, Gore’s message is delivered via a not-to-be-missed, multimedia, e-reading experience.

An earnest video introduction by the author is followed by a cleverly composed tutorial, also narrated by Gore, on how to manipulate the app and its contents. As in the print edition, topics include solar and wind power, geothermal energy, biofuels, carbon capture, nuclear power, population growth, politics, and more. The text has been edited for conciseness, and information has been updated; for example, the recent nuclear meltdown in Japan is addressed. 

Spectacular pop-out, captioned photos in full color, including some with additional voice narration; compelling video clips, both current and archival; and interactive “infographics,” all unquestionably high in wow appeal, are included.

Tapping a small globe located at the bottom of a photo brings up a world map that pinpoints the location of the image depicted and readers maneuver between chapters by sliding large photos across the screen—just two examples of the numerous interactive components.

While best suited for the high school audience, teachers may want to select some of this impressive content to share with their middle school students.-Alicia Eames, formerly with NYC public schools




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