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Lunching on Sea Urchin, Abalone, and Clams

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In ‘Otter on His Own,’ Doe Boyle’s lyrical text (Soundprints, 2002), Robert Lawson’s expressive illustrations, plus a few enhancements (Oceeanhouse Media, Inc.) deliver an informative, visually appealing app.

‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ Ask Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Jamie Lee Curtis’s charming picture book ‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ (HarperCollins, 2000), gets the royal app treatment from Auryn, Inc.

Review: ‘A Garden for Pig.’ Kane Miller Enters the Digital Storytelling World

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Kane Miller publishers has released a series of apps based on their international children’s titles.

Kane Miller Makes Some Noise with ‘Boom Bah!’

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Kane Miller publishers have been bringing outstanding international children’s titles to the attention of American readers for more than thirty years. Their list includes such favorites as Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops, Jae Soo Liu’s Yellow Umbrella, and more recently, Atinuke’s “Anna Hibiscus” series. Boom Bah!, first published in Australia, […]

Review: Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin, Mymble and Little My’

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This app takes advantage of the iPad’s capabilities, incorporating sound, motion, and interactivity, while letting the story remain the focus. As our reviewer Cathy Potter points out, Jansson’s die-cut illustrations translate well to the digital format, and add to the story’s appeal. Title: The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Author: Tove Jansson Illustrator: […]

Review: ‘Hello to the Moon’ Matchbook Digital Releases a Storybook App

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Matchbook Digital, known for it’s stunning photographic presentations of animal life, has released its first storybook app. Audrey Sumser reviews it below. Title: Hello to the Moon! Narrated by: Steve Goulding Developed by: Matchbook Digital LLC Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $1.99 PreS-Lush artwork in a variety of media provides the […]

Review: ‘American Presidents and First Ladies’

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While embedded videos and plentiful images offer a look at presidents in action, factual errors and typos mar this app. Title: American Presidents and First Ladies Author: Marc Schulman Developed by: Multieducator, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 5.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $.99 Gr 5 Up-Every president from George Washington to Barack Obama is featured […]

‘The Brooklyn Bridge,’ ‘The Parthenon,’ and The ‘Taj Mahal': Mikaya Goes Digital

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In her “Wonders of the World” series (Mikaya Press), author Elizabeth Mann has been exploring humankind’s greatest architectural and engineering feats. Now those titles, known for their superb visuals and accessible texts, are available for the iPad.

Review: ‘Mini-Monsters’ Up-Close with Earwigs, Mites, and Lice

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Whether or not you like getting up-close and personal with insects, you won’t be able to resist this app. I can’t think of a better way to introduce students to the world of microscopic (and slightly larger) creatures. Title: Mini Monsters Illustrated by: Steve Gschmeissner, Eye of Science, Power and Syred Developed by: 3D4Medical.com Partners, […]

Review: ‘Tate Modern Art Terms’ A Guide for iOS

In ‘Tate Modern Art Terms’ for iOS Simon Wilson defines the media and movements of the past century and a half of art.