I was recently given the opportunity to do an Elfishki Storybook Review from the Elka Palka Production. Elka Palka Production LLC was formed in Southern California in 2011 by illustrator Inessa Kirianova; author Elvira Baryakina, and IT project manager Pavel Mamae. Their goal was to produce educational, interactive iPad books for children 7-9 years old based on the Elfishki brand. Elfishki are fairy tale creatures who fly like butterflies or swim like mermaids and live on Rainbow Island in the middle of the Sparkling Sea.
Each story includes:
- interactive illustrations using classic animation
- original music and sound effects
- comprehension questions
- bonus “I Spy” game
“Each of our interactive iPad books will teach your elementary school-age child to:
• Retell short stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of the central message or the lesson of the fairy tale;
• Answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how.
• Acknowledge and appreciate differences in the points of view of the characters in the short story.
• Use illustrations and details in the kids’ stories to describe characters, settings, or events.
• Recall prior knowledge related to the information and events in the text.
• Make and confirm predictions about what will happen next in the fairy tale text.”
The story that I received was “Elfishki and the Performance in the Fountain” to review with 7 year old Miss H. The first thing that caught my eye was how beautifully colorful the illustrations are. Miss H. was immediately drawn to the stories after just seeing the first picture come up on the iPad.
She is an avid reader, so I was slightly worried that she would grow bored with the story quickly. Since I’ve downloaded the story, she has asked every day to re-read the story. Each time she reads it, she discovers something new that she hadn’t clicked or explored.
An interesting point about the Elfishki stories is that there are no bad or evil characters.
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