May 23, 2011 in Books (F)
[prMac.com] Silver Spring, Maryland - In Mr. Spaloom's Blooms, a new picture book app from PicPocket Books, Lilly Locket overcomes her fears of moving from a downtown apartment to a new home in the suburbs. She and Grammy meet Mr. Spaloom, an expert gardener, who teaches Lilly about growing perennial flowers. He shares his secret about stuttering as a child, and encourages her not to be afraid of her new neighborhood. In her garden wonderland, she marvels at the birds and insects. When she meets Tucker, who is becoming a bird expert, a new friendship forms. He teaches her about birds and worms. Lilly's shyness fades as she becomes Mother Nature's helper, and grows a green thumb.
"Through Lilly's adventures in the garden, she learns to cope with and overcome her fears. With each chapter, she is becoming a stronger person," said Ruste Foster, author. "The story showcases the impact of caring adult mentors, while launching a love for outdoor activities. Readers will learn to embrace new surroundings, and they begin to understand how Mother Earth regenerates each spring with perennial plants. They'll be happy to see Lilly overcome her fear of talking, just in time to give her science report to her second-grade classmates."
"We are delighted to bring this story about putting down roots to a global audience through iTunes," said Lynette Mattke, PicPocket Books co-founder and publisher.
"The details are wonderful, giving young readers a practical introduction to gardening concepts. While the plants thrive with proper care and attention, we see how human characters also blossom when given encouragement, a safe place to grow, and appropriate challenges."
"As a child, I moved around a lot because of my dad's job," Foster said. "I had to learn to make friends quickly, and to adjust to new homes and schools. The gardens were always a great adventure, and the tomatoes were just waiting to be picked!"
About Ruste Foster:
Ruste Foster is a writer of children's books and a member of the Writer's League of Texas. A veteran educator, she supports adventure and first-hand experiences to teach. Mr. Spaloom's Blooms, the first book in The Adventures of Lilly Locket, incorporates second-grade learning objectives of science, reading and writing.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 50.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Mr. Spaloom's Blooms 2.4.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Established in the spring of 2009, PicPocket Books was founded by the husband and wife team of Lynette and Manuel Mattke, who share a passion for children's literature and technological innovation. To download any of the PicPocket Books apps, please visit the iTunes App Store and search for PicPocket Books. For more information about the company and to see the full collection of picture book apps from PicPocket Books. Copyright (C) 2011 PicPocket Books. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.