February 27, 2016

Viku and Haatee iBook

Viku and Haatee iBook
This iPad, iPhone and Mac multimedia version is Part 1 of a heartwarming children’s book called Viku and the Elephant– an adventure story from the jungles of India. It is the story of a boy named Viku, and Haatee, a young elephant in the jungles of India – the story shows you how they became friends, and understand each other very well.

This multimedia version has real-life pictures of India: striped hyenas, an Ajagar Python, and other aspects of life in India – how people greet each other, photos of Rupees (Indian currency), and various foods, like lentils, and exotic fruits of the subcontinent – all available to you by pointing and clicking with your fingers! Eight illustrations from the book and 25 Pop-up photos bring the story of Viku and the Elephant alive.

Hear the roar of a tiger, the call of a monkey, and the trumpet of an elephant! You can even listen to the story as the author reads it to you in the authentic voice of India. and soothing Indian-American accent. This is a great medium that delivers a wonderful story and teaches children about Indian culture, all while making learning fun!

This multimedia book will work well for a wide range children from the very young to the fifth grade.

Why You Should Buy Viku and Haatee

The Multimedia Part 1 of the original adventure story from the jungles of India

 Viku and Haatee iBook includes audio, video, “pop-up” pictures, and interactive reviews. Your child will be immersed in the story as he watches elephants trumpet, tigers roar, and birds sing.

1. An extraordinary story of adventure and friendship

A very entertaining story of the life of a village boy who lives with his parents near a jungle in India. Young readers will be at the edge of their seats reading and interacting with this exciting story and will want to read more.

2. Enhanced awareness of another culture

Your child will become aware of the wider world around him/her and the differences in how children in another country (India) live, eat, and play. Viku is a child growing up in a mud hut in a village near the jungles of India. Every day his parents go out in search of work leaving him behind. Sometimes there is not enough food in the house. Your children will come to understand how others in the world live; how privileged life in America is, compared to other places in the world; that despite economic and social differences, other children can love and care for their parents just as much children do here; that all children can be sad when their parents face problems, and want to help them as Viku does in this story. And, of course, your children can also experience life in India through the sounds and beautiful pictures in the multimedia presentation.

3. Children Can Hear the Sounds of the Jungle for Themselves

In this iBook, the sounds of India come to life. Your child will delight in the tiger’s roar, an elephant’s trumpet or the call of a peacock, and be intrigued by the sound of village cowbells as Viku goes about his day. This will engage your child and he or she will want to read the story over and over again.

4. Pop-up pictures

Viku and Haatee is full of highlighted words in red that the reader merely touches to bring new knowledge, through words and pictures, on to the page. Touch a highlighted word and a pop-up will appear to explain how that word is pronounced, if it is a foreign word; or explain what a word means (for example, a Gurkha knife). More importantly, many pictures will pop-up to show or tell the reader more about the world Viku lives in: how jungle animals look, what kinds of foods Indians eat, or how Indian people greet one another. A young reader will become aware of the wider world around her and the differences in how children in another place, such as India, live, eat, and play.

5. Interactive review questions

There are interactive review questions at the end of each section that reinforce learning and understanding. Young readers will immediately know, at the tap of a button, if their answers are correct. Many of the questions have more than one answer. This will reinforce their understanding and spark a lively discussion with parents, peers, and teachers.

6. Page by page Audio narration

Your child can read the story on his or her own, or hear the story narrated page by page with the click of a button – bringing the ambiance of India to life as the author tells the story as he did to his own children. One can stop the audio anytime and you can resume at a later time where it was stopped.

7. Friendship and helping others is the theme for this book          

This warm-hearted tale will bring the meaning of friendship and helping others to your child as he or she follows Viku and Haatee’s actions.

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