Dazzling. Exuberant. Full of life.
These words certainly describe Josephine Baker, but they also describe the beautiful biography that Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson have just created celebrating Baker’s life and work. This is a unique picture book biography, presenting Baker’s life in poetic text that hums with rhythm, spread across over 100 pages.
Powell tells the story of Josephine Baker’s determined rise from poverty to stardom with energy and verve that suits the subject matter. Her free verse poetry creates a driving rhythm that propels the reader along. Christian Robinson captures Josephine’s movement and playfulness with his gorgeous acrylic illustrations.
Head over to Great Kid Books to watch at the trailer that Robinson created and see how the illustrations, music and story all blend together to make a dynamic picture book biography.
Mary Ann Scheuer
Great Kid Books
Disney’s animated movies have enchanted families for generations. Now, this richly layered multimedia book app takes readers behind the scenes to see all the different aspects that go into creating animated feature films.
developed by Disney / Touch Press
2013 Cybils Book App finalist
Apple’s iPad App of the Year for 2013
ages 9 and up
iTunes App Store
Read about the original development of animation, watch Walt Disney talk about where story ideas come from, zoom in to look at a detailed storyboard from 101 Dalmatians drawn by legendary illustrator Bill Peet. Readers can zoom into look at the detailed drawings and captions, to see how the artists envisioned the story as it developed.
It’s absolutely fascinating peeling back the layers of classic animated as well as computer generated (CG) films, seeing how a scene develops from the initial story sketch to rough drawings or computer models, to final colored animation. With the scene from Chicken Little, you can see how the animators matched the drawings to the recorded dialog.
|clip from Chicken Little, showing CG animation process
Read more at the full post: Great Kid Books
Have fun exploring all the Cybils finalist book apps! Winner announced February 14th!! Have you shared any nonfiction book apps with kids? What did they think?