The New Kid on the Block- interactive storybook of poems

Developed by:Wanderful, Inc.


Ages: 2-4

With The New Kid on the Block, Wanderful's first interactive poetry book, children are encouraged to learn the meaning of words by exploring poems. They'll meet an ugly dog, a leaking baby and the exploding Bloders. They giggle at the antics of a chorus line of 40 dancing bananas and laugh as fearless Tillie eats her fiery chilli. And much more! In this irresistible collection of 18 hilarious poems, Jack Prelutsky displays an unerring instinct for subjects that appeal to children (of all ages). In this collection are poems touched by magic and brought to life with characters that talk and move and sing and dance. Wonderful worlds, begging to be explored open up at each turn of the page. With sound effects, music, humor and lots of animations, it's a whole new learning experience. (iTunes)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using the following activity:

Introduce a New Genre: Poetry

Poetry is such a fun and unique genre. Talk to your child about what “genre” means: a category or type of literature or book.  Help them better understand categories by going into their closet and asking them to sort their own clothes into categories, for instance, fancy clothes, casual clothes, winter clothes, and so on.  Just like clothes can be sorted, books can be sorted, too! The two main categories or genres are fiction and nonfiction.  Underneath those stem all sorts of other fun and exciting genres.  After discussing genre a little, talk about any of the following characteristics that make poetry unique: stanzas, lines, figurative language (metaphors, similes, personification, onomatopoeia, imagery, hyperbole, rhyme scheme) and so on.  Introduce one characteristic to discuss at a time, as to not overwhelm your child and revisit other characteristics as you encounter them in or return to the app.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

  1. So Many Poems to Choose From!Scroll through and read the title of each poem featured in the app to see which one your child would like to read or listen to first. After enjoying the graphics and illustrations that accompany each poem, encourage your child to sketch on blank paper as they listen to the poems again - drawing their own representation of each one as they revisit the app.
  2. What Does That Word Mean?As your child listens to or reads the poems, they are likely to encounter unfamiliar words. Most of the unfamiliar words in this app are accompanied by clues (other words around the unfamiliar word or pictures and illustrations) that will help them determine the meaning of the word.  Talk to your child about being a reading detective and using those context clues if they come across a difficult word.
  3. Sing It!Ask your child to turn any of the poems from the app into a song or rap and then go for it - sing away.  Encourage them to be creative and most importantly, have fun!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:

  1. Fluency Fun!Part of the joy of listening to fluent readers read aloud is their fluency - reading with emotion, exaggeration and recognizing punctuation.  Ask your child which poem was their very favorite and read it aloud to them again, reading with lots of emotion. Have them repeat each line after you and imitate your inflection and enthusiasm. Encourage them to also act out each line as they repeat it - making their listening experience even more enjoyable! Do this with the same poem as many times as they seem interested in doing so and need to to be able to both repeat the line and act it out.
  2. Poetry Cafe!Often times reading poetry inspires readers to write their own poems. Ask your child if they are interested in practicing being a poet or if they were inspired by any particular poem.  If so, talk to them about it - which poems did they enjoy?  Why? Depending on their writing abilities, have them dictate a poem aloud to you as you record it for them, or encourage them to try and write it on their own and explain it/read it to you after. If they are attempting to write their poem on their own and seem concerned about spelling or grammar, encourage them to first get their thoughts out, and you can help them with those things later. Extend this activity option by adding an illustration, coloring it, and sharing it with friends or family members!