Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef - Lite
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** Named Best Book App of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews! (Full version)
Enjoy this best-selling interactive app in its free “lite” form! Children count, poke and jiggle the ocean animal babies to watch them graze, skitter, dart, and much more. The app is based on the book “Over in the Ocean” which has won nine major awards, including Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice Award and National Parenting Publications’ Gold Award. What a fun way to reinforce counting and reading while learning about the colorful creatures of a coral reef!
* Remarkable artwork is constructed entirely from polymer clay! You will want to grab your own colored clay after illustrator Jeanette Canyon explains how she does it.
* Choose between “Read to Me,” and “Read to Myself.” (The full version has a “sing to me” option.)
* Children can touch the animal babies or jiggle the screen to watch them perform their distinctive true-to-life actions (for example, the pufferfish “puff” or the octopus “squirts” dark ink).
REVIEWS (full version)
* Kirkus Reviews says: “This beautifully illustrated counting and sing-along app version of the 2004 book introduces young readers to the creatures of the coral reef. The original book is enhanced by simple, well-executed animations. With a touch or a jiggle, kids can send baby fish swimming, puffer fish puffing and squid squirting ink. After a one-by-one introduction to the featured coral-reef babies from one octopus to 10 seahorses, a "Find the Babies" game brings them all back together for one final count. Backed by music and ocean sounds, the text is read or charmingly sung by the book's multitalented author, or readers can choose to read to themselves. True to the publisher's mission to connect children to nature, the app includes photographs and factual information about the sea life in the story. Artist Canyon explains how she created the illustrations with polymer clay and tools from her kitchen in an accessible way that encourages children to create their own art projects. In fact, counting skills and science aside, her vibrant pictures of the coral-reef habitat are enough to make this app appealing to readers of all ages. With a format that includes science, math, art, music and reading, it still manages to be what learning should be—fun. (iPad informational app. 4-8)”
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