The Tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare

Lucas Remmerswaal felt the pain during the financial crisis of 2008. He saw the hopelessness, regret, despair and tears in the eyes of retired people that had lost their life’s savings. “What can I do about this tragedy?” haunted Remmerswaal for 2 years. His answer I can share Warren Buffett’s good Habits with children.” Inspired by Buffett’s MBA speeches, example and wisdom. – The tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare is the first in a series of books that is a tribute to Warren Buffett on his 80th Birthday.

Teachers will welcome this concise and witty tale:

“A child will want to pick this up. I don’t care if they are 8 years old, 18 years old or 80 years old.” Beth Black The Bookworm, Omaha.

“This is a story about a man who went from nothing to enormously successful based on a series of principles. Lucas did not come to me and say “I’ve got a story about a Billionaire” He came and said “I’ve got a story about how a person became that on the basis of these habits and these principles”. “It’s a winner!” – John Hattie Professor of Education, Director Visible Learning labs.

It’s great fun for kids of all ages and helps with financial literacy, habits and principles.

There’s not much around to help promote good savings habits and this app supports that using a well-recognised story. It’s free and the downloadable PDF is a bonus ebook. Should be a definite addition to school iPads.

Also available as a PDF download.


Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure

Winner of the Practical Pre-School Bronze medal and shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book award. Join the courageous Sir Charlie Stinky Socks on his Really BIG Adventure. With his trusty grey mare and Envelope the cat, Sir Charlie and your child can explore the deep dark forest, hear the monstrous trees groan, terrible beasties moan and wiggly woos that cannot wait to tickle your toes… Sir Charlie doesn’t flinch when he meets the beasties, or the dragon, or the wily witch, but when he comes across the princess, he realises he’s met his match! Watch how your child immerses themselves in the trials of Sir Charlie and defies the drooling monsters and the fire breathing dragon to save the day.

I’ll be sharing this one with my review group tomorrow so more comment later – I loved it, especially the way the app self-navigates through the story. It’s beautifully read by Michael Maloney. Will be enjoyed by all ages (and their parents and teachers). Update: the 6-8 year olds loved the story, especially the name of the main character of course. Teachers chuckled and appreciated the wonderful narration (especially the wily witch). Enjoy this one.



NZ Fauna

Discover the incredibly unique array of native and introduced animals that inhabit New Zealand’s land, sea and air. Learn all about these species through beautiful images, interesting facts, amazing videos and stunning sounds.

Young and old alike will be fascinated to see both well known and rare animals come alive at their fingertips. It’s simple and intuitive design allows you to marvel at the high quality photos or quickly access detailed information.

Whether you’re a kiwi, planning a trip to New Zealand or just curious about our local wildlife, NZ Fauna will give you the lowdown on all you need to know.

ABOUT NZ FAUNA

– Over 110 animals featured
– Includes high quality images, sound and video
– Full of fascinating fun facts
– Simple, intuitive design
– Features the voices of Ruud Kleinpaste and Nicola Vallance
– Record your own voice for animal names
– Unlock achievements to gain access to bonus material

ABOUT THE VIDEOS

NZ Fauna only shows hand picked videos from YouTube. All videos were carefully reviewed to be educational, child friendly and fascinating.

NZ Fauna needs an internet connection to play videos. A wi-fi connection is recommended. Some videos may be removed from YouTube but we try to replace them regularly.

ABOUT US

Your comments, feedback or questions about NZ Fauna are always welcome. Please contact us at facebook.com/kiwipedianz.

Kiwipedia is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole aim is to promote education through high quality, mobile apps for people of all ages.

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This app should be on all school ipads. Nicely constructed with plenty of information and excellent videos. I couldn’t get the app to record my voice for the animal names but don’t regard that as very important. Great work Kiwipedia – they deserve our support.


London – Kids’ Factbook

Explore the sights of London in this interactive, animated fact book for children.

Stop by Buckingham Palace and say hello to the Queen of England, or explore the London Underground; you might be surprised by its tiny residents!

Listen to the narrator or read by yourself, from Big Ben to the Tower of London, learn lots of interesting facts that you never knew before.

This is a beautifully illustrated fact book that children will love to read over and over again.

Pages include:

Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
London Transport
Tower Bridge
The Great Fire of London
Heathrow Airport
River Thames
London Underground
Houses of Parliament
Tower of London

A great little app to introduce children to London in time for the Olympic Games.  Requested today by the Year 3/4 students but there is plenty of information here for older children too – even teachers admitted to learning something new.


The Wrong Book

Yes! Join Nicholas Ickle in a fully interactive adaption of Nick Bland’s outrageous book “The Wrong Book”. Read by Australian comic legend Frank Woodley, journey with Nicholas as he tries to tell his story…but is interrupted by trumpeting elephants shooting peanuts, farting monsters, sneaky pirates, squeaky rats and plenty of other silly characters…that are all IN THE WRONG BOOK!

FEATURES
– Farting monsters!
– Choose to be read to, or record your own voice!
– Tilt, tap and swipe on every page to discover fun animations & sounds.
– Collect interactive items from the story around the edge of the book and fling them about!
– iPad 3 retina display ready

Well received by the 6-11 year olds I shared this with today. Having the print edition to show that this was a real book that has been cleverly adapted for iPad highlights the interactive features of the app. Great fun and brilliantly narrated by Frank Woodley. Thumbs up from my students today, even the big kids.



The Waterhole

Building on the great feedback we’ve received for our Animalia App for iPad and iPhone, we are excited to bring you the latest Graeme Base iPad App: ‘The Waterhole’.

The original book is an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book – an exhilarating journey of discovery from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the desert of outback Australia. Our App brings Graeme’s wonderful art to digital life with an animated read through and an array of games to challenge and delight kids and adults alike.

This is another delightful app that I’ll be sharing with my junior critics this week. I need their help as it is to get the frogs across the lily pads.

Here’s what they had to say about this app “you had to think and look for animals, colourful illustrations, music told us which country the animals live in, activities that made you think, variety of activities, the tone of the music changed as each animal was found.”  


Pinocchio

For little readers (and adults) who don’t want to just stand and look, but who want to play an active role in this unforgettable adventure. Thanks to the iPad’s (or iPhone) magic.

Are you familiar with the story of Pinocchio, the little puppet who talks, moves and throws tantrums just like a regular child (but who is certainly no child)?
Then you might like to help Geppetto build his puppet, bit by bit, or use your own hands to move Fire Eater’s marionettes, or even throw yourself into the joyful music of Toyland. This is what you’ll be doing when you go from one scene to the next in this app. But you’ll also have to wend your way through the dark forest full of mysterious night animals, deal with a monstrous snake, save your little puppet friend before his feet catch on fire, and figure out how to turn him into a real, live little boy…
How will you manage all this? By keeping your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground (oh, and mind where you put your feet, or fingers!). Each and every scene is full of surprises.
Features
-Interactivity–an array of different interactive elements, with touch-sensitive animation or sound effects, moving figures you can interact with, objects you can throw, drag or move by tilting your iPad/iPhone
-Animation
-Original artist’s illustrations
-Original music, with 4 themes composed especially for this app
-2D/3D engine with physical support, particle systems, shaders, flares and lots more besides, developed specifically for this app
-An absorbing story that traces the most exciting and moving events in Collodi’s classic tale
– English and Italian narration

A perfect app to support the study of toys at school this term. This classic, longer story with stunning graphics will appeal to all ages and it certainly hooked my review class of discerning six-year-olds today. This app will require children to be more actively engaged in reading and predicting as opposed to just being entertained by the interactive elements.