In this folktale, a plover bird takes on the role of a dentist and makes a medicinal mixture to cure the crocodile's toothache and strikes a deal for the two species to live and coexist with an agreement that all plover birds will eat the fish out of any crocodile’s mouth without harm. This mutual agreement to help one another has many elements worthy of a discussion on cultural differences and the need for tolerance in this day and age. The children we played with were full of questions and eagerly engaged in this folktale. Along the way while playing children can win awards for their participation in aiding the plover bird in his quest for a healing potion. The gameplay is embedded throughout the story and there is an additional setting for a fast-paced Mission of Mercy game where kids need to move quickly in order for the plover to help the crocodiles. The added learning pages at the end are a real treat; kids can learn some quick facts about the rainforest animals and practice their auditory discrimination skills. One can also visit an interactive map of Africa that allows the reader to zoom into different areas throughout the continent and several more Liberia learning pages! If that isn't enough for you to rush out and purchase this app maybe the fact that 100% of all sales will be donated to the We-Care Foundation’s efforts to keep children reading and learning amidst the Ebola outbreak.#ReadforLiberia. Learn more. Staytuned: Dentist Bird is the first installment in Literary Safari’s series of interactive global folktales. When you bring a traditional folktale like Dentist Bird into your home or classroom, you open a magical doorway for a child to enter a rich, new world! Why folktales?
- Folktales teach moral lessons.
- Folktales expose us to diverse cultures.
- Folktales spark conversations about problem solving, making friends, and community building.
- A handy “cheat sheet” that previews interactive spots in the app
- Ideas for teaching reading, math, science, music, and civics with Dentist Bird
- Printable activity sheets
- Common Core State Standards (CCSS) alignment charts for K-G3 classrooms