May 20, 2011

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iStoryTime Offers Three Free TOON Books on iPhone and iPad

iStoryTime Offers Three Free TOON Books on iPhone and iPad

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zuuka, the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s book applications through its iStoryTime label, announced that the TOON Books are now available as a free download for iPhone and iPad. Available in the Education category, TOON Books are the first high-quality comics designed for children ages four and up and include Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, Jack and the Box and Little Mouse Gets Ready.

Each TOON book comes preloaded with the complete storybook with the option to purchase audio narration for $.99 each by the books' authors or voice actors in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and/or Russian. Speech balloons pop up as they're read allowing children to have their favorite panels read over and over again. A groundbreaking tool in developing literacy, the TOON Books are perfect for the beginning reader and the pre-reader alike.

Available TOON Books include:

•       Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agn├Ęs Rosensthiel – Lilly is a spunky little girl who delights in the unexpected pleasures of each season, peering inside shells in the summer and tasting different kinds of apples in the fall. In this charming and subtle book by one of France’s premier children’s book authors, Lilly learns more about the outdoors and introduces the youngest readers to the colors, words, and shapes that arise in nature.

•       Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman – Jack just got a new toy, and it’s full of surprises. Each time the box pops open, there’s a new and bigger surprise. Is it a silly toy, a scary toy...or something else entirely? With a limited vocabulary and unlimited imagination, Art Spiegelman applies his out-of-the-box thinking to a book that has all the surprise and bounce of a jack-in-the-box.

•       Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith – There's lots to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. Will he master all the intricacies of getting dressed, from snaps and buttons to Velcro and tail holes?

Each book in the collection is just right for reading to the youngest child but perhaps more remarkable is that this is the first collection ever designed to offer newly-emerging readers comics they can read themselves. TOON Books has been vetted by educators to ensure that the language and the narratives will nurture young minds. TOON Books feature original stories and characters created by veteran children’s book authors, renowned cartoonists and new talents, all applying their extraordinary skills to fascinate young children with clearly told tales that will welcome them to the magic of reading.


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