Yesterday, we downloaded several iPad apps, hoping to check in with what the latest technology was doing. We tried apps for viewing art, reading magazine articles, listening to music that promised to present a ‘multi-dimensional experience.’ Among the most compelling was an multi-dimensional app designed for children, that charmed and resonated with our grownup selves. We completely related to Morris Lessmore’s story…and know an awful lot of grownups who would as well:

“Morris Lessmore loved words…His life was a book of his own writing, one orderly page after another. He would open it every morning and write of his joys and sorrows, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped…

But every story has its upsets. One day the the sky darkened…the winds blew and blew…till everything Morris knew was scattered…

He didin’t know what to do or which way to go. So he began to wander. And wander.”

Morris goes on to discover what can happen when you a bit of unexpected luck comes your way, or you shift your pattern just a bit:

“…Rather than looking down, as had become his habit, Morris Lessmore looked up.”

The rest is pure charm, surprise and illumination!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore made us wish everyone had an iPad. It’s a perfect gift for both kids and adults, a big bang for its $5. You can buy it for yourself or send it as a gift through the iTunes app store.

via Kottke