Interactive Storybook App Promotes Visual Literacy In Middle Graders

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[] Murrumbateman, Australia - Slap Happy Larry has announced the release of their first storybook app for middle grade readers. 'The Artifacts' is a 21-page interactive digital picture book is a new story developed exclusively for Apple touch screen devices by author/illustrator Lynley Stace and developer Dan Hare.

"'The Artifacts' is about a boy who loves to collect," says author Lynley Stace, "but at a deeper level it is about valuing what is really important in life: education, memories and experiences." While younger children can enjoy the story for its pictures and interactive elements, older children will better grasp the metaphorical undertones.

'The Artifacts' makes the most of Apple technology. The storytelling is enhanced by narration, integrated touch interactivity and soothing sound effects. The soundtrack was created especially for this story by New Zealand film and game composer, Chris Hurn.

"There are currently very few original storybook apps available for middle grade children and above," says developer, Dan Hare. 'We created an app to help fill this gap, with the belief that picture books can be enjoyed by children of all ages."

"There is no real need to abandon picture books even after a young reader has advanced to chapter books," says Lynley Stace, drawing upon former teaching experience. "Picture books offer the chance to develop visual literacy. This kind of literacy is more important than ever, now that we live in a world of ubiquitous advertising and lead compartments of our lives online."

Designed to emulate the look and functionality of a real book, 'The Artifacts' features pages which are 'turned' by the reader. This invites readers to progress through the story at their own pace. Any of the 21 storybook pages can be accessed directly from the navigation menu. Narration offers extra help to emergent readers, though both narration and sound effects can be turned off from the main menu according to user preference. An auto-save feature remembers the reader's place in the story.

The developers are philosophically opposed to advertising within storybook apps, and pledge to avoid in-app advertising in future projects equally. They also avoid hyperlinking to the Internet from within the story.

Device requirements:
* iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later
* 89.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Artifacts 1.0 is $1.99 USD and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Books category.

Slap Happy Larry is a small, Australian based company established 2011. Their first app is 'The Artifacts', an interactive storybook for middle grade children. Copyright (C) 2011 Slap Happy Larry. 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.


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