Nora’s Crabby Day
by PicPocket Books
What is your mood like today? Have you woken up feeling blue, unbeknownst to you? Did your day start off great, but an unfortunate situation turned that right around? This is not uncommon for both adults and children. At an early age, children will struggle with a number of new things like how to handle one’s feelings. As parents, we like to think that we can explain and model such feelings, however, connections are not always made. Children need things short, sweet and to the point and our words might not be the ones they want to hear. Implementing personal connections through the use of books, both mobile or hard covered, might be just what you are looking for. Released back at the end of March by PicPocket Books is Nora’s Crabby Day. It was written and illustrated by Jan and Todd Graveline and can be viewed on your iPad device running iOS 4.3 or later. Come walk in Nora’s shoes for just one day and see how her day starts off gloomy but ends with a bowl full of joy!
We have reviewed a number of interactive books by PicPocket Books and are pleased to add Nora’s Crabby Day to our iPad library. Like most interactive books, it promotes early learning as your child develops their reading skills through audio words and sounds as text is highlighted on each page. In addition, it provides young readers the option to have it read to them or they can read it aloud on their own. We loved how a dedication page was included to Nora Claire, the main character. “When she smiles, we smile.” This is so true in any household full of one or multiple children. Each page appears to be divided into two as if holding a real hard covered book. In addition, pages magically come to life as those words narrated are visualized wonderfully from beginning to end. Throughout the book, all participants reading will notice how the story incorporates colorful detail and the use of rhyming words. Characters and objects of all kinds; clouds, animals and food, need to turn their frowns upside down. Can Nora’s day get any worse?
Nora’s Crabby Day is very appropriate for children as young as 2 and beyond. Applicable2U can see it being incorporate in any home or school setting. Pages are managed by the user, so it allows for adults and children to stop and talk about each page, to make connections to those things that Nora is going through. Children and adults need to be made aware that having a bad day is very normal. Whether your mood starts off bad or ends badly, tomorrow is a new day and as humans we need to find some light at the end of the tunnel. Nora’s light was that of a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese.
To learn more about Nora’s Crabby Day or any other interactive books by PicPocket Books, please visit their website here. For only $1.99, you too can have Nora’s Crabby Day for your iPad library by simply clicking here.