10- and 14-yr Old Girls Create iPad Ebook - Fuzzy Wuzzy and Other Tails

February 2, 2012 in Books (E)

[prMac.com] American Fork, Utah - Two girls, ages 10 and 14, have published Fuzzy Wuzzy and Other Tails, a new interactive, animated ebook for the iPad and iPhone. Sarah Izatt (age 10), the author, connected with Megan Young (age 14), the illustrator, through My Tech High, an online charter school program that helps youth gain marketable technology skills. Using Gimp, a free graphic design program, combined with animation tools for ebook creation at TaleSpring, these girls created the book based on the old rhyme, "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear...". Their story includes such characters as Chubby Wubby, Lucky Ducky, Lovey Dovey, Swimmy Kimmy, and more!

Example Features:
* Tap the bear to see his fur fly off
* See the sock-wearing turtle skate across the kitchen floor
* Watch the bunny push the honey pot off the table
* Open the treasure chest to see what animal is hiding inside
* Discover other hidden animals and sound effects throughout the book

Sarah will be demonstrating the book at the My Tech High Student Showcase, on 2 February 2012, at the Novell Campus in Provo, UT.

Sarah's story began with a visit from her Grandad who shared the original fuzzy wuzzy poem with her. Not too long after, she had prepared a little book made with stapled pieces of paper that not only included the original fuzzy wuzzy bear, but new verses about other animals. At the suggestion of her father, founder of TaleSpring, she began the work of refining the verses in preparation of making it into a TaleSpring interactive ebook.

Sarah's father knew Matt Bowman, founder of My Tech High. Megan attended My Tech High for 2 years before moving from Utah to Arizona. Believing her to be a great fit for the project, Matt contacted Megan, and she and Sarah were introduced via email and later through Skype. Over the course of 4 months, Megan created the beautiful illustrations and animated characters that went into Fuzzy Wuzzy.

At the end of the ebook, both Sarah and Megan shared a short audio bio in which they tell readers about their experience in creating the book.

My Tech High partners with innovative Charter Schools to provide home-based students a personalized, tech-focused educational experience - 100% tuition-free.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* Universal Application
* 17.1 MB (downloadable over WiFi)

Pricing and Availability:
Fuzzy Wuzzy and Other Tails 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

TaleSpring invites budding authors to "Let Your Story Out!" Headquartered in American Fork, UT, TaleSpring has now published over 30 ebooks created with it's online tools. Copyright 2011-2012 TaleSpring, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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