The Mouse and the Meadow, by Dawn Publications, is a magnificent storybook app that has a tremendous WOW factor. It’s part pop-up book, part entrainment, and part teacher tool, and totally crammed with teachable moments on every page. Written and illustrated by Chad Wallace, this delightful tale is brought to life by his masterful artwork. Coupled with the incredible animations by developer, Malachi Bazan, puts this app in the totally outstanding category. Obviously, this team knows children, has experience with the digital world, and knows what it takes to create a non-fictional drama.
The book is written in rhyme, which my students, (much to my delight) picked up on right away. The publisher, Dawn Publications, specializes in creative non-fiction picture books and book-apps for children that meet educational needs including Common Core and science standards. They remain true to their motto of “Connecting Children with Nature”. When students were asked what kind of science can be learned from this book the comments were many. My favorite was from a generally introverted child, “You could learn about the food cycle, couldn’t you”. Teachers With Apps has reviewed several titles from Dawn Publications; they are all gorgeous and illustrated by amazing artists.
This story about a young mouse who ventures through the meadow habitat meeting neighbors at every turn does a great job teaching content. It also teaches an important lesson, appreciation for the natural world. The Mouse and the Meadow can be used more specifically – a lesson aid in Science, ELA, Writing Workshop, and more.
“There are surprises at every turn in the story, and yet more surprises when a finger touches the screen. Mouse moves, turtle’s head pops up from his shell, snake lunges, owl plunges. When chased by a snake and a weasel, the mouse runs off the page. His encounter with a rabbit and a turtle is heartening and educational. Mouse survives a swooping owl in a most unexpected way. A meadow can have lots of drama!”
*Dawn Publications has gone on to provide educators and parents wonderful activities to use in conjunction with this book via downloadable activities,
|Rhyme Time – The Mouse and the Meadow is written in rhyme, with the last word in each pair of lines rhyming. In this activity, students will listen for the rhyme and brainstorm a list of additional rhyming words.|
|True or Make-Believe – In this activity for young children, students determine what is true (a fact) and what is make-believe (fiction).|
|Predator Prey Tag – In this activity, students become “mice” or “predators” as they experience the food web in an outside game of tag.|
*If you own the hardcover book you have the option to watch your book “magically” become 3D! This features augmented reality technology to provide a computer-enhanced view of the book. See the mouse run away from the snake. The app will allow the mouse and other characters pop up and move as you listen to the story being read aloud.