“My Friend Isabelle” (written by Eliza Woloson, illustrated by Bryan Gough) is the story of two young friends. Charlie and Isabelle are the same age and share a love of drawing, dancing, playing at the park, and snacks! Like most friends, they are also different.
What I love about this story is its sweet and simple depiction of young friendship. Young children, before they learn social stereotypes and ideas, are often more accepting and embracing of difference. “My Friend Isabelle” depicts exactly that kind of relationship. Isabelle’s differences, due to Down Syndrome, are explained in an age-appropriate and gentle manner. Regardless of differences, Charlie and Isabelle have a lot in common and enjoy spending “every Friday” together.
This story is a perfect opportunity for discussion about tolerance, acceptance, and even diversity by showing that “differences are what makes the world so great.”
Barnes and Noble is getting in the game. Their new e-book reader is an app for the iPhone. It is a free download which comes with two free books (classics by Jane Austin and James Fenimore Cooper).
Mel Martin, who reviewed the B&N e-book reader in his article that showed up in the Publishers Weekly Morning report, called it a “festival of frustration.” In order to see anything, even the free e-books, he had to go through the tedious process of setting up an account, complete with password and, well, to make a long story short, just too many steps. Martin wasn’t wowed by the selection (process or presentation) when he finally got on the site, and pricing was…suspicious.
My interest still is in e-picture books. If B&N offers any, I couldn’t figure out how to view them. For children’s picture books, PicPocket Books apps look like the best option – you can download individual titles with one click or tap just like you would a song – no extra application or account needed.
Martin’s review of the B&N app is worth reading in its entirety for his humorous account of his frustration. Here’s the link: Barnes and Noble jumps into the e-book pool.