Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Recommended for ages 2 years old and up.
Peek-A-Zoo is created by Duck Duck Moose. This adorable app helps kids identify animals, emotions, actions, and sounds. Animals first introduce themselves, so that kids are familiar with them before guessing. Then kids can answer questions, such as, “Who is Skylar the Skunk?” or “Who is crying?”. If a wrong answer is chosen, all the animals remain. If the correct answer is chosen, all of the other animals will disappear and the correct animal will get bigger to reinforce the answer. This is a simple and fun app for preschoolers. Duck Duck Moose is very serious about privacy. There is no third-party advertising and Duck Duck Moosee does not collect any personal information.
By: Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
Perhaps you have been to the State Fair of Texas and seen the Texas Star Ferris wheel there. Did you know that this type of attraction is named after its creator, Mr. Ferris?
This book describes the creation of the first Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Since the Eiffel Tower had been the star attraction at the last World’s Fair, what would impress the world next?
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an experienced engineer. When he first pitched his wheel idea to the construction chief of the fair, the chief thought it would fall apart. George, however, was not put off and knew steel well. He decided that a steel alloy would be the essence of both a delicate-looking and strong structure.
What happens next, as they say, is history.
This book is recommended for sharing aloud with younger children interested in Ferris wheels or could be a jumping off point for grade-school children learning about engineering.
Check out this book to find out more!
Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)
By Marianne Dubuc
One day while working in his garden, Lion hears a sound. Finding a hurt bird, he takes the little creature into his house to help nurse it back to health. Since the bird’s friends have continued to fly south for the winter, Lion lets him stay. They do everything together during the winter. They read books together, have dinner together, go ice fishing and sledding together. When spring comes, Lion is sad to see his dear friend go. He spends all summer alone, but gets a special surprise when fall comes again.
This is a sweet story with soft, color-pencil illustrations. The text is simple and limited, making it a great choice for young readers. Though the bird never speaks, Lion always knows what he’s trying to say. Your little ones will love these adorable friends.
Recommended reading for ages: 4-7
Judy Moody and Stink The Big Bad Blackout
In this third installment of the series featuring third grader, Judy and her little brother, Stink, the Moody family is cooped up in their house with no electricity as Hurricane Elmer comes ashore. The Moody’s make the best of the situation with the help of Grandma Lou and an assortment of animals she has taken in for friends. The kids are thrilled that school is cancelled for several days. Grandma Lou cooks food over a fire in the fireplace, teaches Judy and Stink how to play musical board games, and Stink enjoys pretending he is a pioneer like his hero, Abraham Lincoln. The best part about the adventure is when each member of the family shares stories with each other. There is plenty of laugh-out-loud humor in this edition of the series which grows out of the interaction between the family members. This is an enjoyable story for readers of all ages!
This Saturday, October 11, Harrington Library will host its third preschool Dance Party. Designed for the whole family, this energetic program starts at 11am, and lasts for about 40 minutes. Everyone moves to the music (no dancing lessons required!), and we read a couple of books which have great rhythm. The children also get a chance to use rhythm sticks, shakers and scarves.
One of the books we will read, I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison, is very vibrant. It features a young girl and her mother going to the park as she discovers rhythm in all of her senses.
I’m really looking forward to the Dance Party, because it’s so much fun, and I love the smiles on everyone’s faces! Here is a picture from one of the previous programs.
Music and early literacy are intertwined. Language has rhythm, and moving to music helps young children hear it. So, join us for a Dance Party at the library!
Make sure your child has lots of opportunities to talk with you, not just listen to you talk. Respond to what your child says and follow his or her lead. Answer your child’s questions as completely as possible. Your explanations help your child learn more about the world.