Developed by:Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications
Pixar's Academy Award-nominated short film comes to life in a new interactive storybook experience for your iPad. La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Featuring original artwork created by the film’s director, Enrico Casarosa, this interactive story experience will delight animation fans of all ages. (iTunes)
A Note to Parents:
This app features a short video, an interactive video and a story. These activities are geared towards starting with the story first. Afterwards, let your child enjoy the other versions of “La Luna” as well!
Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:
This interactive story is actually a fable, a really beautiful genre. Talk to your child about the characteristics of this genre. First ask them if they have ever read or listened to any fables. If so, what did they remember about them? What did they like about them? The main characteristics of fables are that they are 1) a type of fiction (specifically, traditional literature) and usually short 2) they often include elements of fantasy, or things that cannot happen in real life such as talking animals and lastly, 3) they include a lesson, or a moral. If your child is a visual learner, extend this activity further by helping them to write the characteristics on a colored piece of paper and add symbols, or illustrations that help them remember each one.
Learn or Practice Spanish & Italian!
“La Luna” means the “moon” in Spanish and Italian. Teach your child this word if they don’t already know it. Ask them to say it several times. As they enjoy the story, tell them to say the word anytime they see the moon. It is always fun and exciting to learn new words in different languages!
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:
Talk to your child about a really fancy word - onomatopoeia. Have them repeat it after you a few times. Tell them that you’re going to teach them something that kids in middle school learn, wow! Onomatopoeia is a fancy word that means sound words. Sound words are words like “bang”, “pop”, “splash”, “bam”, and so on. As you tell them a few examples, have them repeat them loudly after you. What other sound words can they think of? There is a lot of fun onomatopoeia in this interactive book. Ask your child to be on the look out for these sound words. Before getting started, ask them to tell you what sounds the ocean makes. What about a small boat sailing out to sea? Encourage them to be silly and have fun!
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
So, What’s The Lesson?
To help your child identify the lesson of this story, ask them the following questions (starting to answer any or all of these will help your child infer the lesson, since it is not explicitly stated in the story): What was the story mostly about? What problem did the characters have? How did they solve it? What did the characters learn? What did you learn?
Family Activity: Stay up Late?
Since this story is all about the majestic moon, choose a night that your child can stay up past their bedtime and plan to head outside and gaze at the moon and stars. Enjoy this time together and talk about what the moon looks like, what shape it’s in that night, and so on. Lay out on a blanket and maybe even enjoy a late night snack? Have fun bonding and connect to “La Luna” by asking your child if they’d like to visit the moon. What would they expect it to really be like? What do they wish it would be like?
Compare and Contrast!
After enjoying the story version, let your child watch and explore the short film and the interactive short film versions. As they interact with these different versions, ask them to think about what the similarities and the differences are. Are there any versions they prefer more? Why or why not? Doing this will help your child build their comparing and contrasting skills!