The Mouse and the Meadow, by Dawn Publications, is a magnificent storybook app that has a tremendous WOW factor. It’s part pop-up book, part entrainment, and part teacher tool, and totally crammed with teachable moments on every page. Written and illustrated by Chad Wallace, this delightful tale is brought to life by his masterful artwork. Coupled with the incredible animations by developer, Malachi Bazan, puts this app in the totally outstanding category. Obviously, this team knows children, has experience with the digital world, and knows what it takes to create a non-fictional drama.
The book is written in rhyme, which my students, (much to my delight) picked up on right away. The publisher, Dawn Publications, specializes in creative non-fiction picture books and book-apps for children that meet educational needs including Common Core and science standards. They remain true to their motto of “Connecting Children with Nature”. When students were asked what kind of science can be learned from this book the comments were many. My favorite was from a generally introverted child, “You could learn about the food cycle, couldn’t you”. Teachers With Apps has reviewed several titles from Dawn Publications; they are all gorgeous and illustrated by amazing artists.
This story about a young mouse who ventures through the meadow habitat meeting neighbors at every turn does a great job teaching content. It also teaches an important lesson, appreciation for the natural world. The Mouse and the Meadow can be used more specifically – a lesson aid in Science, ELA, Writing Workshop, and more.
“There are surprises at every turn in the story, and yet more surprises when a finger touches the screen. Mouse moves, turtle’s head pops up from his shell, snake lunges, owl plunges. When chased by a snake and a weasel, the mouse runs off the page. His encounter with a rabbit and a turtle is heartening and educational. Mouse survives a swooping owl in a most unexpected way. A meadow can have lots of drama!”
*Dawn Publications has gone on to provide educators and parents wonderful activities to use in conjunction with this book via downloadable activities,
|Rhyme Time – The Mouse and the Meadow is written in rhyme, with the last word in each pair of lines rhyming. In this activity, students will listen for the rhyme and brainstorm a list of additional rhyming words.|
|True or Make-Believe – In this activity for young children, students determine what is true (a fact) and what is make-believe (fiction).|
|Predator Prey Tag – In this activity, students become “mice” or “predators” as they experience the food web in an outside game of tag.|
*If you own the hardcover book you have the option to watch your book “magically” become 3D! This features augmented reality technology to provide a computer-enhanced view of the book. See the mouse run away from the snake. The app will allow the mouse and other characters pop up and move as you listen to the story being read aloud.
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This review was originally published by TeachersWithApps.com on February 27, 2014. Teachers With Apps was co-founded by Jayne Clare, a Special Education teacher, and Anne Rachel, an artist and Early Childhood educator.
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Malachi Bazan/Chad Wallace
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 6 - 9 +
Rolling Pea is an interactive fairy tale. It's the story of a boy with incredible strength and a brave heart who goes on an adventure to rescue his sister and brothers from an evil dragon.
More than thirty amazing fully-animated pages
Wonderfully illustrated with beautiful, colorful imagery
More than 500 interactive elements and sounds to explore
Many interactive surprises and funny games
Original soundtrack: every page has his own musical identity
Fully narrated by professional actors
Read to Me or Read by Myself modes
A different reading experience each time
Created especially for iPads
Supports all devices: from iPad1 to iPad 4 and iPad Air
Optimized for retina and non-retina devices