In the Middle of the Lake app explores the world of the brook trout

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[] Silver Spring, Maryland - PicPocket Books announces the release of In the Middle of the Lake 2.4.1, for iPad. This unique storybook app offers a way for children to understand connectedness, being part of the natural world - all seen through the activities of a brook trout. Realistic detailed illustrations depict an idyllic lake environment, evoking the spirit and beauty of nature and engaging the reader to experience nature's essence.

Subtle animation brings a brook trout to life as well as others in its habitat. The touch-screen sound effects make the reader aware of the unseen life also living near the lake, and contribute to the ambiance of the lake's environment.

This meditative story can be enjoyed on its own by following the activities of the fish. But multiple layers of meaning can also be revealed if questions are asked. A fish has to eat to survive but discovers a new way to get food, there are many bugs with remarkable capabilities and functions, and the natural cycle continues and there is beauty in this constant rhythm and activity. The duality of being an individual but also belonging to a group or community, suggest another concept of connectedness - being part of something bigger - that can be explored by families or in the classroom.

With adult guidance, the fun facts and related web links offer ample opportunity to discuss and learn more about brook trout and their habitat, the biology of fish, insects, birds and water life, and natural ecosystems and their conservation. Creating an awareness of nature - our environment that everyone shares - can help us learn to enjoy it, utilize it wisely and take care of it for the future.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 159 MB

Pricing and Availability:
In the Middle of the Lake 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.

Based in Silver Spring, Maryland. 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.' PicPocket Books offer parents and their kids an alternative to flashy, and sometimes violent, fast-paced video games. Their book apps have some simple animations and/or interactive hot spots to encourage exploration and engagement. Overall, they strive to remain quite faithful to the original books with their apps and want to be careful not to obscure the reading experience with too much interactivity. They champion books and reading aloud to kids, and see bookapps as supplements, not replacements, for print books and the valuable time parents can spend reading with their kids. If having kids' books available on mobile devices means more exposure to stories and enthusiasm for reading for kids, then that is a success! 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.


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