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There’s a reason why this app has won so many awards, including Apps Magazine’s App of the Year. It’s storytelling at its best. From the heartwarming story to the innovative design, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is not to be missed.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- This story celebrates readers and the act of reading. Get your child thinking about the importance of books. Why are books important? What are some purposes of books? Books can be used to entertain, inform, and/or persuade. Join in on the conversation and talk about your favorite books with your child. It’s important to let your child know that you are a reader, too!
- Explain to your child that this app lets readers become part of the story by helping characters with different tasks or eliciting sound effects. Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app; for instance, your child can help Morris hand out books at the library or play “Pop Goes the Weasel” on the piano keyboard. The more involved your child is with a story, the more s/he will heighten his/her understanding of it.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
Discuss new vocabulary heard in the app, such as:
As your child goes through the story, stop every now and then to chunk information and monitor comprehension. For example, you may choose one of the following:
- Morris Lessmore goes through a variety of emotions in this story. Point out Morris’ different moods and discuss how the author uses words and illustrations to mirror Morris’ moods. For instance, when Morris is sad, the scenes are in black and white. On the other hand, when Morris cheers up, there is an abundance of color on the screen. Connect these colors to what Morris loves the most. When is he the happiest?
- Watch the animated, Academy Award-winning film short of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, found in the app’s main menu. Have your child talk about how experiencing the film differs from reading the story. For instance, your child may prefer to sit back and watch the film, or s/he may express more of an interest in the interactive elements of the app. Have a discussion as to why the experiences may differ.
Extend the app experience with these real life activity.
- This book is a circular text; it starts and ends in a similar way, as if it is a cycle or circle. Talk to your child about the impact that a circular text could have on a reader. For instance, circular texts could help readers make predictions and give readers a sense of closure when the book comes to an end. Read other circular texts, including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Painting the Wind by Patricia MacLachlan, Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies or The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich.
- Have a book party! Guests could come dressed up as their favorite book characters and bring a copy of their favorite book. Make it memorable by creating book forts with bed sheets and tons of comfy pillows. Spend time reading each book aloud to the group or, if you have older kids, pair them up with a partner. Top it all off with book-themed goodies for everyone to enjoy! (The Huffington Post has some fun book-related food ideas here.)
- What better way to honor and bond with authors than to have an author study?! Visit your local library and check out as many books as you can from one author. You may choose to read picture books or chapter books – it’s entirely up to your child! Then, as you read each book, notice similarities and differences across the titles. Does the author always feature animals as the main characters? Does the author use humor in certain ways? If the author writes mostly nonfiction, does s/he focus on a particular topic or does s/he cover a range of topics? The ability to compare and contrast is an analytic skill that readers use to synthesize learning and deepen understanding.