written by Ann Dixon
illustrated by Mindy Dwyer
“The crisp, white landscapes (Winter Is) are complemented by purple and blue backgrounds, and Dwyer’s watercolor technique gives the impression of swirling snowflakes. A poetic choice for seasonal story time.” -School Library Journal
This book is out of print and available as an app for iPad
Apptudes says, “Children are instantly transported to a winter wonderland of snow, ice, holidays, and fun.”
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Winter is white. Winter is cold. Winter is dark. Winter is bright. Winter is so many things,
especially to a little one eagerly awaiting sledding, ice-skating, and other joys of the season. “Winter is” brings a child’s anticipation of winter to life, with simple, evocative verse and delicate watercolor paintings of winter’s wonders. A celebration of the many pleasures of the season, “Winter is” is a classic winter story for bedtime, or anytime a child may be dreaming of snowflakes.
Each double-page illustration teams with a short poem highlighting the delights of winter: ice crystals on a window, jumping into a drift, snow angels, northern lights, dogs running, bears sleeping and holiday dreaming under a quilt.
Key features include:
– Professional narration by a 10 year old boy
– Image and word association vocabulary builder – when an image is touched the associated word is spoken and the written word displayed.
– Karaoke effect – when a word is spoken during narration then the word is highlighted.
– Touch a word to hear it being spoken.
Three ways to read the book.
1. “Read to me” – Listen to the narrated story while the text is displayed Karaoke style. After the narration finishes on a page the child can interact with objects till they are ready to move to the next page.
2. “Read myself” – There is no narration but the child can touch a word to hear it being spoken aloud.
3. “Auto Play” – same as “Read to Me” except the page advances automatically once the narration is finished. Useful for those long car rides when you want the child to have a complete book experience.
The app was created by the amazing award-winning company, Auryn for their Auracle line. http://blog.auryn.com/