Little Lamb in Amsterdam – From the creators of “A to Sea” and the awe inspiring social storybook, “The Unstealer”, comes the first in a new series of books. The Little Travelers series by Happy Dandelion, which begins with destination Amsterdam, and is about a little lamb who longs to see outside her farm and take part in viewing the larger world beyond her gate through firsthand experience. This interactive book is not only a lesson in geography and social studies, it is also richly steeped in learning about another‘s culture and mores. It can be read on two different levels, as a storybook for early preschoolers or as a book for older preschoolers or elementary students to further explore the culture and history of the Netherlands through the story and the “fun facts bar”. The opening page contains directions, accessibility to any page within the story, a brief chronological history of the Netherlands and a map to explore. One of the features I really appreciate is that although this is an interactive storybook, the interaction between teacher and student or parent and student is encouraged by not having the story read out loud immediately. You need to search for the fun fact bar by tapping at the bottom of the page to have it read to you, and if you decide to read the story to your students it leads to far more interactions that are more than what is on the page. There are lots of opportunities to ask opinions, questions, etc. You can also choose to hear the story and fun facts in Dutch, and that teaches kids to expand beyond their current existence. And with that said…let’s take a trip to the Netherlands with Little Lamb as our guide!
All aboard – the bicycles that is, and there Little Lamb sets off on her journey like many in the Netherlands on a bike – (and I am happy to say as a therapist…she is wearing a helmet). She rides through an old fishing town, windmills, and of course fields of tulips as well as by the place where delft pottery is made before reaching Amsterdam. Once there, she shops for cheese where she plays a game of Peekaboo, visits a restaurant – complete with menu, and art museums that highlight famous Dutch Artists. By then, Little Lamb begins to miss her mother most of all, and heads home to be welcomed by a kiss from Mommy. Every child who I read this to, sat spell bound, and on Little Lamb’s return home breathed a collective sigh of relief with that kiss. They all enjoyed the journey, but were relieved by coming home to where they were loved most of all. As with all apps from Happy Dandelion, the graphics are outstanding. They are luxurious and spark a playful mood. I would Highly Recommend this app, however I feel I need to come clean and say, I am biased with stories about lambies, especially about smart little girl lambs.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.