App of the Week :: Storm & Skye and The Secret of the Car Wash

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  Storm & Skye and The Secret of the Car Wash is a magical audio-visual tale that lasts a little over 45 minutes!!! The story starts out with the narrator that lets you know that Storm, a young boy, has recently moved to a new part of town with his mum, and his step-dad Baldwin. Storm isn't too keen on this situation; having left all of his friends, and especially his dad back on the other side of town. This allows you into the mind of Storm and how he's feeling with no friends and in a new area. Displaced. Baldwin, his step-dad, "can't even get a bookcase put together" [as he's been working on it for a couple of days, whereas his dad would have had it completed in hours]. So many kids can relate to this or may know/have friends that can so they are able to empathize. There are small swirling circles that will pop up at various moments throughout the chapters and … [Read more...]

Book of the Week :: Find Me

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  I really enjoying reviewing iBooks on the iPad because it reminds me of all the technological changes we have seen over the past five years and what a great time it is to be a writer!  The idea and design for Find Me is by Giulia Natale and the US Version is by Jenna Hollenstein. The story really engages the reader from the very beginning.  One of my favorite games as a kid and even now is when you have to find what part of the picture is different.  Well in the iBook Find Me this is part of the fun.  The story starts off by asking us to touch the screen to have the story read to us.  The story is quite cute and well written.   Here's an example of the story:     We are then told to touch and find the animal within the illustrations.  The graphics are very colorful and believe it or not, it took my daughter and I a few minutes to try to find each of the … [Read more...]