At first glance, Pop It seems no different from the many other interactive children’s books “popping up” on the market for the iPad. But give the screen a shake and you’ll begin to see the bigger picture.
The book features a child going through normal daily activities with his parents. By shaking the iPad, these parents can be changed from a homosexual couple, to a lesbian couple, to a heterosexual couple.
“It’s a metaphor for shaking from one perspective to another,” said artist and author Raghava KK in an interview with Mashable. “The relationship between parent and child does not change if they have two moms, two dads. I’m challenging the concept of family.”
Raghava hopes to use the concept to teach children to be open-minded about a variety of issues, including racial and ethnic biases. Eventually, he would like the project to be open-source and to allow users to create interpretations that address different biases that they deal with in their everyday lives.
In the video below, Raghava explains that his sheltered upbringing didn’t expose him to a variety of family structures. Now a father of two children, Raghava hopes to provide a broader perspective to his children. He explains, “I can’t promise my children a life without bias, but I can definitely expose them to many perspectives.”
The book is available for $1.99 in the iTunes store. Click here to purchase.