Polly Wolly Willy Woggle and Other Rhymes from Walden Apple iBook for Children


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Pictures come alive to the gentle sounds of nature in Polly Wolly Willy Woggle, an animated ebook of rhymes for young children first published as Mother Nature Rhymes. Written and illustrated by D. B. Johnson, author of nine picture books, including the NY Times Bestseller Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), Polly Wolly Willy Woggle adds the sound of birds and bees and rustling leaves to its "gentle animations." A page turn to a muskrat sitting beside a brook brings the sound of rippling water and birds singing in the distance. After ten seconds, the picture animates: the fishing line begins to swing in the breeze and the muskrat blinks, hardly noticing the fish darting between the rocks in the water at his feet. Perhaps he's distracted by the butterfly floating past. Johnson intentionally delays the start of each animation to give the rhymes "reading space" and to deliver a restful rhythm for bedtime reading. The sounds are real—crickets chirp, a barred owl hoots, a robin sings—and the unhurried action matches the whimsy of the rhymes: a sly fox sinks up to his chin in the mud left behind when he sells all the water in his pond. There may be a lesson here, but Johnson has kept it hidden away, as secret as the identity of Mother Nature.

Here is a sample review from the Apple iBookstore:

by RobinOregon - Sep 8, 2013
“This is what an animated ebook should look like! *****

I’ve purchased a number of e-picture books. Usually, you just swipe pages, which is cool, but a child with a device tends to expect a bit more these days, right? But on the other hand, many ebooks for kids are so overloaded with animations, squeeks, burps, and *surprises* that the story is lost to the reader. He or she gets caught up in the overblown interactive stuff. Mother Nature Rhymes is the perfect combination of book and animation, in my opinion anyway. D.B. gives the reader fun and whimsical poems about nature with easy-going and often hilarious animations and gentle sound for each illustration. There is ample time to read the poem first before an animation begins. Once you’ve read one poem, you will gleefully read the next and then anticipate the animation that follows. It’s an ebook that kids will want to revisit over and over, as any good picture book should be. Even Henry makes a couple of appearances for his fans.

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