What a wonderful story of inclusion! Elmer's Special Day is a great story for children because of the fantastic example of a community embracing diversity. Elmer, the multi-colored patchwork elephant, is so loved by his herd that they have a special day set aside to celebrate what makes Elmer different. Elmer's Special Day is the day when all of the elephants decorate themselves and have a parade of color. Originally created in 1968, the character Elmer is much loved by children and parents alike and lends himself to creative expression with kids. Definitely one to download, and especially at the low low price of $0.99 ON SALE!
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Elmer's Special Day has all the ebook features we have come to rely on from Oceanhouse Media: true-to-story representation of the original book, minimized distractions from the story, options for
Auto Play, Read To Me and Read It Myself, highlighted narration, tap-to-read text as well as tap-to-label illustrations. Lots of scaffolding is provided for beginning readers to help them emerge into independent readers. This story can serve as a launchpad into so many summer break activities. You could even hold your own "Elmer Day" where everyone decorates themselves and wears elephant masks, just like the other animals did in the story.
Oceanhouse Media has loads of great apps based on children's literary classics such as Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter and more. Check the links below for some more apps on sale.
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"It was almost Elmer's Day
the day when once a year
all the elephants decorate
themselves and parade."
Get ready for some colorful parading fun. Elmer's Special Day, starring Elmer the patchwork elephant, is now an exciting multimedia application for your Android device. By combining the original text and artwork of author David McKee with features that entertain and promote reading, Elmer's Special Day will bring smiles to you and your little ones.
Get Your Parade Outfit Ready
Meet lions and other animal friends
Elmer's Day is just around the corner, and the elephants are getting their colorful parade outfits ready. But in their excitement they are making an awful lot of noise and upsetting the other animals. So Elmer changes the rules and invites every single animal in the jungle to join the parade. To find out what happens next, including a surprise for Elmer, read the whole story.
Enjoy Interactive Reading Fun
Oceanhouse Media's quality omBooks feature professional narration, background sounds, and enlarged artwork for each scene. Children can choose the Read to Me option if they would like the audio narration but want to go at their own pace (turning the pages themselves); beginning readers can opt for the Read it Myself mode. Auto Play reads the entire story without any prompting or page-turning, which is especially useful for very young children.
More Special Features
To help kids learn to read in a fun way, individual words are highlighted as the story progresses and words zoom up when pictures are touched. When kids slide their finger from right to left on the screen, the "page" actually turns just like a real book. The overall effect is to make a classic story come alive, providing hours of entertainment for all ages.
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