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Felicity Fly in the Garden

September 23, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A colorful exploration of the garden ...

This adorable digital book is about a fly named Felicity who meets many other bugs in the garden, exploring a variety of different colors in the flowers and insects she meets. The insect friends are also intended to be diverse to represent different cultures. There are five characters besides Felicity, including an "American Bumblebee, Indian Butterfly, Jamaican Butterfly, Liverpudlian Beetle, Lancastrian Ladybird". According to the developer:

"The story is narrated with different accents; this helps children to understand that people do have differences in speech and not just in appearance. It's all about encouraging reading and introducing more fun from an early age. There is also a new poem to showcase on page 28, by Freya Murphy (aged 7), from Poems and Pictures national initiative. The initiative was implemented to encourage children of all abilities to 'have a go' at writing."

This digital book is more similar in format to an eBook than a typical app, with no interactivity or animation. Pages are easily turned by a swipe or arrows and there is a nice page guide for this traditional-length picture book. Readers can enjoy the included voice-overs or record their own, although no highlighting is available for the narration and it has a slightly less polished sound than other more highly-produced apps.

Overall, Felicity Fly is a cute series and an interesting approach to showing more diverse characters in children's books. The creatures are not human, of course, but the anthropomorphism of these insects goes way beyond the typical bug book for kids. Featuring ethnic voices, names and physical characteristics, these bugs give young readers a chance to explore friendship and diversity in a whole new way.

Recommended.

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Felicity Fly in the Garden

September 23, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Christina Gabbitas/Julie Omond

Developer:
Poems and Pictures Ltd

Length (time):
4 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

Languages:
English • German •

Length (pages):
24 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Felicity Fly in the Garden

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Felicity Fly in the Garden, addresses pollination, age range, 4-7 years .There are five new characters, including an American Bumblebee, Indian Butterfly, Jamaican Butterfly, Liverpudlian Beetle, Lancastrian Ladybird and not forgetting of course Felicity Fly. The story is narrated by the author, but there is also the possibility to record your own narrating-voice.

The story is narrated with different accents; this helps children to understand that people do have differences in speech and not just in appearance. It's all about encouraging reading and introducing more fun from an early age. There is also a new poem to showcase on page 28, by Freya Murphy (aged 7), from Poems and Pictures national initiative. The initiative was implemented to encourage children of all abilities to 'have a go' at writing.

 

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Orientation: Portrait

Format: iPad

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, Record, Pageguide, Home, Links to: Web

App Release Date:
2014-08-05

 






Size: 32.09 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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