July 5, 2011 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Richmond, California - Purple Button Media, LLC dba The Story Home is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with Roy Freeman, son of famous author and illustrator, Don Freeman, to license sixteen of Don's beloved classic children's books. Don Freeman is best known for his children's books, Corduroy, Norman the Doorman, Fly High, Fly Low, Beady Bear & Earl the Squirrel, which have become fixtures in bookstores, libraries and homes throughout the world.
Purple Button Media (PBM), the parent company of The Story Home, will seek media developers, whose quality and technical acumen will fulfill the beautiful artwork and text of Don's stories, creating applications for a variety of platforms that have evolved. PBM will also produce audio recordings of the sixteen titles for purchase on The Story Home apps.
The Story Home company, known for its classic and original children's stories, marks its forth year as a successful website and podcast, adding both iPhone and iPad apps to its venture. Now it has the distinction of being chosen to license the acclaimed and timeless stories of Don Freeman by none other than Roy Freeman himself, son of the famous author.
States Roy, "The time is ripe for my father's work to be re-discovered by today's readers and listeners, via the availability of new media platforms that are out there. The Story Home is the right home for my parent's books. They are of the highest quality!"
The partnership with Roy Freeman, son of Lydia and Don Freeman, began a generation ago. Don and Lydia were friends with Ronald and Dorothy Scofield, the grandparents of Storyteller and PBM co-founder Alan Scofield, in Santa Barbara, California.
Ron and Dorothy Scofield, as arts writers and reviewers of the Santa Barbara News press, had opportunities to meet the up-and-coming talents around town, among them, Don and Lydia Freeman. Friends they became, having them over to the little house up on La Mesa where Don's son Roy and Alan palled around. As fate would have it, the two men would reconnect almost half a century later to re-introduce the stories of the Freeman's.
Alan Scofield states, "Don's books were the stories I grew up with and fondly remember. They hold a special place in my childhood. Now they can be rediscovered by a new generation of children".
Public awareness of Freeman's work, of late, is often limited to the "Corduroy" series, but many readers of a certain age will fondly recall their favorite stories from a long and beloved list of titles read to them at bedtimes by their parents. Fly High, Fly Low, a runner up for the prestigious Caldecott Award, was typical of Freeman's work as it portrayed the journey of a sympathetic creature, whether beast or fowl, whose dignity and place in the world finally came to be found in the end. Small children found comfort and solace in such stories, allowing them a window to a positive future as they navigated early life.
For a list of the sixteen books or information pertaining to this article, please contact Sharon Rogan Scofield.
Purple Button Media dba The Story Home was created in 2007 by Northern California educators and performing artists, Sharon and Alan Scofield, in order to publish and distribute their original and adapted classic children's stories to friends and family who requested content on a regular basis. Known for their quality of product, and Alan's voice of the storyteller, listeners have commented on how the stories have changed their lives for the better. The company's mission is to delight and inspire children and their families, throughout the world, offering an authentic place for curiosity, and self discovery and believe that the imagination of a child is a priceless resource and must be given time, encouragement, and education. Awarded the ALA "Outstanding Websites for Children" official seal, The Story Home is now a learning resource for schools and libraries around the world. Copyright (C) 2011 Purple Button Media. 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.