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 :: Eggmania by Mania Tales

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  Eggmania by Mania Tales is a fun and beautifully illustrated iBook written by Sherry Maysonave and Illustrated by Denise Caliva.  The first page opens up and we have the option to Read Myself, Narration with Sound Effects or Explore Art with Fun Facts.  The story is about a young boy who has looked there and here in new frontiers  and wants to know Where is the egg in exactly?  Some of the words are underlined and represent advanced vocabulary words that when tapped will give  you the definition of the word.  For example, we touched the word frontiers and were given this definition: outer limits of land, territory, or knowledge.   The animations are simple but definitely add to the story.  Such as the blinking stars and crow nest swaying in the wind.  The main character is in search of where is the egg in exactly and takes us on a fun journey of new lands, … [Read more...]