"As a teacher I know how much more kids learn if they're actively engaged in an activity, rather than passively watching or listening"- Mary Bleckwehl
Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 26, 2011
A six time award-winning children's book by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl is now available as an interactive app created by ZebraMinds, Inc.
Who has a big bad wolf waiting in their school office every time they are late for school? Henry does! On this particular Monday morning he's really late. Will the big bad wolf eat him alive or not?
The answer to this question - "what can we do when things go out of our control?- has been given by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl in her first book “Henry! You’re Late AGAIN!”.
A year after the hard copy has been published, Henry! is now available in an interactive book app in HD for iPad from the Apple’s AppStore. The target audience is from four to eight years old but the author has recommended it to all children from 3 to 93 due to the quirky illustrations and humorous tale.
When asked why convert a children's book to an electronic version, Bleckwehl responds.
"As a teacher I know how much more kids learn if they're actively engaged in an activity, rather than passively watching or listening. So I got hooked on the idea of the 'interactive' part as kids expect to interact with electronic devices, not just sit and look and listen. Promoting the importance of literacy has been a life-long goal for me. Book apps happen to be the most recent development in the literature world and I think it's wonderful, especially for the kinesthetic-tactile learner who likes to touch and feel things", said Bleckwehl.
The story is interspersed with multimedia and includes two narration voices: Bleckwehl (the author) and Henry (himself!). It has hidden animations and sound recordings on each page plus easy page turning method with swipe, arrows or automatically advancing feature. The app creates learning opportunities, keeps kids engaged and entertained while the beautiful illustrations fuel their imagination, said Oza Klanjsek, founder of ZebraMinds, a company that provides children’s book publishers the ability to turn their books into mobile applications. By number of votes it ranked 3rd in Top 5 Apps of the Week (iHeartThisApp) which is a good start.
The book “Henry! You’re late AGAIN!” is illustrated by Brian Barber. Among the many awards earned in 2011, it was rewarded for humor in Children’s Picture Books (Mom’s Choice Award Gold Recipient) and also earned a gold medal in the category of Children’s Books from Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Mary Evanson Bleckwehl is an elementary school teacher from Northfield MN who has taught in schools in Iowa and Minnesota. She still spends plenty of time in schools as a substitute teacher and visiting author.