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The Lettermen go to the Moon

May 28, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the moon, although it also has a surprise twist at the end. Like the other "Lettermen" books (found under the category 'Education'), this book is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'Lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. These titles are very appealing to kids and the characters all have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books first created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1997. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational system or a challenge to any established teaching methods, but both parents and teachers have found that the simple Lettermen stories are useful in showing children how letters form words and words have meanings."

This book has simple settings (tap on the bottom to see them). Page turning 'hands' appear in the upper right and left corners of each page. Tap on the middle 'hand' on the top of any page to trigger the interactive game. The child then needs to touch and drag the lettermen into the right order to spell the word(s) from the page. The word itself appears on the screen as a guide. A small hand on the bottom in the middle lets you quickly exit the game, although it is sometimes hard to see with all the letters bouncing about.

The controls, while plentiful, can feel a bit touchy at first. Once you and your child get used to them, though, this book series is a great addition to any educational e-library for young readers. The spelling game portion of the app is a lot of fun and reinforces the storyline and a different word or phrase on each page. Touch and drag the letters and watch them bounce. They click into place and when the whole word or phrase has been spelled properly, it says "well done" (spelled out in 'lettermen').

Even without the game, this storybook is perfectly delightful as a standalone app book. And it's particularly nice looking on the iPad, which shows off the fun lettermen and their crazy expressions much better that the small screen ever could. The illustrations are engaging, enhance reading comprehension and recognition of 'sight' words.

[The youtube video below is of another title in this series, The Lettermen go to a Party.]

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The Lettermen go to the Moon

May 28, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Roger Knights

Developer:
Stefan Nowak

Length (time):
12 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 6

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
16 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The Lettermen go to the Moon

The Lettermen go to the MOON in this title. First they need to figure out how FAR away the moon is before deciding HOW to get there. A ROCKET seems like a good idea, so they SUIT up before getting inside to SIT as the rocket takes off. One of the Lettermen has to PULL on a lever before they ZOOM into space so FAST they can see the earth grow smaller. When they get CLOSER to the moon they are very excited. They land and get OUT to see what the moon is made of ... but it isn't cheese, only ROCKS. They enjoy a beautiful view of EARTH and are even convinced they can SEE their house from so far away. Then an alarm clock goes off with a RING, revealing that it was all only a DREAM!

[Words above in caps are also part of the spelling activity in the book.]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Audio on/off, Page List, AutoPlay

 

App Release Date:
2011-03-09

 






Size: 10.3 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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