(Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine!)
Do your kids pull out the iPad when you’re shuttling them around in the van, waiting at the doctor’s office, or passing time at the airport?
Most kids love to play games on the iPad, but have you chosen to download any kids’ books? Personally, I love paper books. But when we’re waiting in hour-long lines or hauling luggage, nothing beats the iPad for a convenient place to hold great children’s literature.
Today I’m reviewing a fabulous e-book from Storypanda! Tiffany Strelitz Haber has written this wonderful e-book for kids called Hungry Harry. Check out the first few pages:
The X-ray reveals an alphabet of items in Harry’s tummy! From Anchor to Zipper, Harry has eaten it all.
The doctor warns Harry to watch what he eats – but on the way home he “came to a playground and thought of dessert. ‘I shouldn’t. Or should I?’ 1 seesaw can’t hurt!” And Harry counts his way through the playground equipment.
After Harry’s overeating puts him in an uncomfortable position, he finally listens to his mother and learns to follow a healthy diet!
Why I recommend Hungry Harry:
- I love that this book rhymes. The more kids listen to rhyming books, the more they learn to rhyme themselves. And rhyming is an essential pre-reading skill.
- As you can see above, the rhymes are exceptionally well-written!
- The pictures are bright and engaging.
- The book teaches alphabet and counting concepts in a creative way.
- The story — a hungry monster eating everything in sight — is appealing to kids.
- Kids enjoy the sound effects and interactive nature of the book.
- Bonus! Storypanda has a lesson plan for students in kindergarten and first grade that goes with the book. In this lesson children will review the alphabet and letter sounds, distinguish between items that are edible and non-edible, and do some thoughtful drawing and writing.
What should you know about Storypanda?
- Storypanda publishes e-books by a variety of authors and illustrators. You can check out their 15 interactive ebooks.
- You can purchase Storypanda’s books as standalone paid apps (from $1.99–$3.99 per book) as well as in their bookshelf app. The bookshelf app is free to download and contains one free book called The Adventures of Anna and Dad. With the bookshelf, you can buy any of their e-books as in-app purchases.
- Storypanda publishes one new e-book a month. With each book, families can read and then create their own version — depending on the book, they can change backgrounds, characters, and props- and even rewrite the text. Kids can then share their creations through email, Facebook, and Twitter.
- While Storypanda has no subscription model in place, it’s something they’re considering for the future.
- Storypanda will be moving to Android later this year.
You won’t be disappointed – click this link to purchase your own app.
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