App Time Session 3

January 31, 2015 by

frog thingThe book app presented at App Time this week was A Frog Thing  produced by Oceanhouse Media  ($2.99 in App Store and Google Play) based on the book of the same name by Eric Drachman.

This app has a few standard options such as Read to Me, Read it Myself and Auto Play.  There is also the option to record your own voice.  There are only one or two sound effects per page, and some pages pan in and out, but the app mainly allows the reader and child to focus on the story and text with minimal distractions.

Voices for the main characters are appealing, with a lovable child’s voice for Frank the frog.  Words are highlighted in green as they are read aloud, which helps build print awareness and vocabulary. Words are repeated if they are tapped which helps with word recognition.  There is some background music to enhance the drama of the story.

I hope you enjoy the story of Frank, a frog who wants to fly!

mgolThe activity app used in App Time this week was Mother Goose on the Loose produced by Software Smoothie (free in the App Store).

This is a nursery rhyme and felt board app. On the left are 8 buttons. When you tap one of these, it displays the flannel objects associated with it. On the right side are circular buttons that have different rhymes—for example, the button with the spider opens up the options for the rhymes Little Miss Muffett and the Eency Weensy Spider (in both English and Spanish). There’s also the option to play the rain stick. You can move the flannel objects to the flannel board scene and then press the button to hear the nursery rhyme. You can move flannel pieces around or remove them from the scene.  This app is a fun way to introduce or reinforce the wonderful rhythm and rhymes in nursery songs.

Join us next week for App Time on Friday at 11am at Haggard Library!

Register online to use one of our tablets or bring your own: https://evanced.info/plano/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=999

Click here to see all of our App Time videos.

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Betty Goes Bananas

January 29, 2015 by

indexCAZUTHAMBetty Goes Bananas

by Steve Antony

Looking for a great book about temper tantrums? This just might be the one!

Betty the gorilla is hungry and wants to eat a banana. But when that banana just won’t open, well, Betty goes a little bit bananas! Luckily Mr. Toucan is there to help.

With bright, colorful pencil illustrations, this is a fun read-aloud about not always getting your way.

Be sure to check out Antony’s other picture book, Please, Mr. Panda, for more hilarious animal fun!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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Edgar’s Second Word

January 28, 2015 by

Edgar's Second WordEdgar’s Second Word

By: Audrey Vernick

Illustrated by: Priscilla Burris

Hazel was soooo excited for her new baby brother. She planned on doing all sorts of fun things with him, especially reading. But when Edgar finally arrived, he wasn’t much different than her stuffed bunny Rodrigo! He didn’t talk, or move around much, so Hazel had to go back to waiting. One day (years later), Edgar finally said his first word! He said it with meaning! With conviction! “NO!” Surely that meant they could start playing all kinds of games? The problem was that Edgar’s first word was his only word. He said no to everything Hazel wanted to do. Still, Hazel was patient. When his second word finally comes, Hazel’s patience pays off.

Edgar’s Second Word is a great read for those who might be expecting a new sibling. It’s a sweet book full of love and well worth a read. The illustrations are simple, but colorful. You can’t help but love Hazel and little Edgar both.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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App Time Session 2: Hello, Baby Animals & Mabell’s Zoo

January 27, 2015 by

Two apps presented at App Time at Haggard Library on January 23: Hello, Baby Animals (Shortstack) and Mabell’s Zoo: Interactive Counting (Brenda Long). Join us next week for App Time on Friday at 11am at Haggard Library!

Register online to use one of our tablets or bring your own: https://evanced.info/plano/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=999

Click here to see all of our App Time videos.

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

January 26, 2015 by

Point out print everywhere. Talk about the written words you see in the world around you and respond with interest to your child’s questions about words. Ask them to find a new word every time you go on an outing.

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Play With Your Food

January 26, 2015 by

Play With Your Food

By David G. Derrick, Jr.

 Play with Your Food Cover
In Derrick’s newest book, he takes us to the Permian period, 299-250 million years ago, and gives us a different and quite hilarious version of survival of the fittest. The story begins with a gliding lizard trying to avoid being eaten by many predators. When he is finally caught by Dimetrodon, our lizard friend bargains that it is much better to play with your food than to eat it! Read on as the fun ensues while gliding lizard suggests many different games to convince Dimetrodon to play instead of eat him.

The artwork in this story is vivid, detailed and absolutely delightful. Be sure to look carefully as you read along – most of the pages have other interesting animals in the background, making the illustrations even more fun. I hope you and your little one enjoy this book as much as I did. Happy Reading!

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Kid Picks

January 25, 2015 by

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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

January 23, 2015 by

 

You can’t help but notice the cover of this whimsical book, In My Heart: A Book of Feelings.  Die-cuts of hearts which decrease in size as you turn each page gives this book a unique appearance.  Each page is filled with a heart and expresses a young girl’s feelings.  The colorful illustrations just add to the charm of this book as the portrayal of each emotion is clearly visible.  Sometimes her heart feels like a balloon, as heavy as an elephant, tall as a plant or hidden away where no one can see.  Feelings can be communicated in so many different ways and so pick up this book with your young child and enjoy the many feelings we all try to understand.

This book can be enjoyed in a group situation as well as one on one with your special little one.

Beverly  (Davis)

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Apple Tree Rhyme

January 22, 2015 by

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the Apple Tree rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!


Our spring storytime session goes until May 9!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/ Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan

January 21, 2015 by

malala/ iqbalMalala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/ Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan
by Jeanette Winter

In Pakistan, the Taliban does not want girls to go to school. But Malala speaks out and says she has the right to education. Malala is attacked by the Taliban, but she survives and continues to spread her message around the world.

Iqbal, only four years old, must go to work in the carpet factory until his parents can repay a loan of twelve dollars. He cannot play or go to school. Instead, Iqbal spends his days locked in a factory with other children weaving carpets. When Iqbal learns that it is against the law to force children to work to repay debts, he spreads a message of freedom all over Pakistan, and as far as America.

This book includes two stories beautifully told and illustrated of two brave children who faced adversity but fought for what is right. Difficult topics are addressed, but in an age appropriate manner, and with an overarching message of hope, represented by an image of a kite that flows between the stories. Brief bios of Malala and Iqbal are included; quotes from the two children are worked into the stories and are featured in red text.

Highly recommended for ages 4 to 9.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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