The photo essay book, licensed from Enslow Publishers, includes photos from when Barack was a child through his rise to Senator and ultimately to the President of the United States. As in all MobiStories, the book is narrated with sound effects; however, instead of including original music, the company inserted audio clips of the President taken from the campaign trail to his inaugural commencement. This book is great to use at home to learn about our 44th President or to engage students in the classroom.
What distinguishes this book from a traditional book is: The book is narrated and written in three languages, English, Spanish and Chinese. Now, within each page the user may choose to hear any of the languages and see any of the translated texts. “Hearing the Spanish and seeing the English text, or vice versa, is something many language educators have requested,” commented Rick Toone, Creative Director of Still Motion Media. “Furthermore, by adding multiple languages, more children will be able to enjoy this MobiStory,” he continued
An additional feature that users will enjoy is the ability to click on “Fun Fact” balloons. Each balloon, when clicked, offers some additional insight into the President such as his shoe size, his nickname in High School and his favorite food (and least favorite condiment). All pictures are chosen by clicking on a camera which brings the picture full screen allowing the child to navigate and enlarge the image.
One of President Obama’s missions is to improve education in our country. This interactive e-book is a step in the direction of how digital publishers are able to incorporate relevant content into an educational and fun way to learn about history. With tools like the Internet, computers, iPods and Kindles, children now have the opportunity to enjoy a good book anytime, anywhere.
The company expects the same book to be released as an iPhone and iTouch application before the end of this month. The functionality will be the same, though a user will tap and swipe functions as opposed to click with a mouse. The next book in the Obama family photo album series features Michelle Obama. That MobiStory, which will include similar features as well as photos of Sasha and Malia, is due out in early spring.
About Enslow Publishers
The mission of Enslow Publishers, Inc. is to publish high-quality educational nonfiction books for children and young adults. The company currently publishes 200 new library-bound titles a year for students in first through twelfth grades. Over the years, Enslow's award-winning titles have been recognized by organizations such as the American Library Association, the NAACP, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society of School Librarians International
About Still Motion Media
Still Motion Media, creator of MobiStories, the leading producer of downloadable digital books, apps and e-books bringing children’s picture books, to iPhones and computers. For more information about Still Motion Media and MobiStories, please visit www.stillmotionmedia.com
Still Motion Media and MobiStories are registered trademarks or trademarks of Still Motion Media in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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MobiStories is a 21st century story time experience with sound effects, music and page turns. Now publishers can extend the reach of their children's picture books through mobile digital devices including iPhones, iPods, laptops and portable DVD players.