The King Penguin, a “Read and Listen” iBook on iTunes

| November 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

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Follow the king penguin as it dives deep into the ocean to feed on squid and lantern fish. Trace the life cycle of this bird from molting to mating and protecting its young.  Learn how the king penguin survives in the cold waters just north of the Polar Front.

In the first part of The King Penguin, you’ll hear a poem* paired with beautiful photographs of this amazing bird.

In the second part, you can listen to the paired rhyming lines followed by 24 fun facts about the king penguin and its environment.

Listening to poetry is a fun way to discover sound and rhythm in English. It’s a wonderful tool in developing children’s language, and later their reading and writing. Research shows that reading aloud to young children is a critical factor in creating successful readers.**

Younger children will enjoy listening to this “Read Aloud” book with a parent. Older children can read along with the audio track, following the highlighted words on each page.  This feature, word highlighting in sync with the voice narration, provides great interactivity, focusing on the language.  It is perfect for  pre-readers and early readers.  It is also a great option for English language learners of any age.

The King Penguin can be viewed on an iPhone,  iPod Touch, or iPad.  It is optimized for display on the iPad. It is one of nine “Read and Listen” iBooks in the Animal Tales Series from www.littleell.com

*The poem is written in anapestic tetrameter.  Other well-known examples using this poetic meter are “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and many poems by Dr. Seuss.

**In the 1985 report, Becoming a Nation of Readers, the Commission on Reading said “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

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