Sunday, February 1, 2009

Create Online Talking Storybook

LarryFerlazzo's blog brought me to The Tale Of Despereaux: Storybook Adventure. Larry says, "CREATE A TALKING STORYBOOK ADVENTURE: You can personalize your own talking storybook at The Tale Of Despereaux: Storybook Adventure. After you answer a few questions, the site creates a personalized virtual “pop-up” book and provides a link to it."

Even though this story is tied to adverstising the movie, the creative tale creates suspense about what will take place at each page turn. I'd love to see more of these online stories! With the subtitles turned on, reading literacy is supported. My students will enjoy the story, the games, the beautiful layout of the book. You almost can feel the pages as they gently turn. Having the ability to place themselves in the story by selecting what their character looks like will create ownership. Following along the story line and seeing their name in print will help develop fluency. The reader may choose to play several games offered to them as they go through the story. This beautiful virtual "pop-up" book would make a worthwhile independent classroom activity.

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