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...]

Guest Post :: Garrett Hedman of Cutie Bear


  Nighttime Stories… with an iPad?                             By Garrett Hedman         Every night, Ryan, a six-year-old wild child, stands at the top of the stairs in his pajamas with a devious smile.  He’s occasionally topless; occasionally bottomless; sometimes his clothes are mismatched, but he always waits patiently at the top of the stairs.  Ryan’s preparing for one of the greatest series of events a six-year-old could dream of, a piggyback down the stairs to his room, one-on-one time with mom, and a nighttime story.   It’s our sacred ritual, a bedtime story.  Yet, now that there are tablet books, will our glowing screens of interactivity destroy the traditions of the past or innovate for the future?     A good bedtime story should include the following:   1)     A comfortable reading … [Read more...]