Far to the North
by PicPocket Books and Gina Ricci
Are you tired of the snow? Would you rather view it from the warmth of your home, cuddled under a cozy blanket? If so, you might want to add in the palm of your hands the interactive book, Far to the North by Gina Ricci. Far to the North is a wonderful story of a family of polar bears that live in the Arctic. The story is narrated by a charming young lady, it incorporates magical images and several forms of figurative language. Far to the North is an excellent interactive book for the new reader(s) in your world! As the narrator is reading, it highlights each word so that the listener can make visual connections with the words on the page. It is not a long story but certainly encourages conversation once the reader is done.
There are so many things that I loved about this book. Connections being my number one reason to share with other parents and educators of early elementary students. This afternoons mommy/son time was spent sledding and having a snowball fight. Just as the polar bears sat and stared at the magical night sky, we too stared down from the top of the hill debating what our next sledding path would be. As we read, my little critic immediately noticed that the polar bear family had three members just as we do. Since the page turning was in control by one of us, we talked about which bear we each were. With words so descriptive and pictures in only white and blue you can certainly visualize others as if they were present. As we turned to the page with the polar bear doing what he likes best, playing in snow, my little critic said, “Look momma, that is what I looked like earlier this afternoon!” What will your connections be?
Whether you incorporate this book during your evening routine, while on a car ride, the grocery store or just because your new reader wants to explore the snowy Arctic….then you will want to download Far to the North. Depending on how advanced your reader is, you can set options on/off for Audio Play and the highlighting of words. Each experience with this book can change as they become more familiar with their sight words and sounds.
There are a number of interactive books out there for your iTouch, iPhone or iPad, but have you downloaded this one? If not, then you will want to go right to iTunes to begin your download today. You will also want to check out PicPocket Books website here.
I love that your son saw himself in that playful polar bear cub. The best stories are ones that forge connections between people both near and far. So glad that this one clearly did that for you.