This book is the prequel to the book my son read last year (Click here to read that review).
Just to give you a little back story… in the last book, there is a squirrel whom becomes a spy (the good kind) and is part of a team that is saving orphans (orphs).
In this book, it tells how and why all of those children (animal children) became orphans in the first place!
Here is an excerpt from the book:
The words on the screen that are blue are clickable. When you click on them it could just tell you what it means or it could give you an opportunity to do a job.
Reading the book, immerses your child in the book
How does reading the book immerse your child in the book? Great question!
It immerses them because the child is the squirrel!
That is how it was in the last book as well and this book follows the same pattern.
When the squirrel is saving the orphs… feeding them, getting clothes for them and so on… it is your child, the reader, whom is doing all of those things! That really adds a whole new dimension to reading. It adds an element of fun that you can’t get when you are just reading about other people doing great things. In Orphs of the Woodlands, YOU, the reader, are doing the great things and being the hero!
About the book (from my son)
I didn’t read the book, so I asked my son to tell me about it. (He didn’t realize he was basically giving me an oral book report… score one point for mom!)
This was dictated to me by my son: “There is a flood. A flying monkey’s dad dies, so he thinks. And other’s families died, but the kids live. So, the flying squirrel takes care of all the kids, which they call Orphs. But he only found 2 and they found a bunch of babies floating down the river. And he rescued them. There’s this crow which is helping the flying squirrel by giving them baby food.”
I know that doesn’t tell you a whole lot, BUT if you only knew how hard it was to get that out of him, you would be just as happy as I am! (Anyone else have boys that you have to drag information out of?? No? Just me?…)
Jobs to do while reading
Like I said before, the reader is the flying squirrel. In the chapter, it will say he is getting certain job to do in order to take care of the orphs.
The “jobs” are all educational. They can pick from different categories like science, language arts, history, etc. and when they complete the questions in the category, then they get the needed supplies for the orphs.
My son loves animals, so any time the science category had something about animals to learn about, that is what he chose. He learned about birds, hedgehog, white footed mouse, rat, squirrel, and the weasel.
In the science section he also learned about weather and pulleys.
Only when there wasn’t a job available in the science section did he choose to do a job in one of the other subjects. :)
How to use the app
The first screen you see when you get on the app will show you the different books you can choose from and you just click on “Tangletree” to go to the correct book. (There are other books coming soon.)
When you click on Tangletree, it takes you to the book.
At anytime, you can click on the star at the bottom of the screen and it will take you to Stumptown.
Stumptown is where all the businesses are located. The number on each shows you how many jobs are available in that business.
The barrel with the water drop on it shows that the orphs need water. The star with the zero on it shows that you have no stars. The toaster with the star popping out of it with the 20 on it says that you need 20 stars in order to get the water. (Below, I explain how you get the stars.)
The compass is like a home button. If you are anywhere else on the app, you can touch the compass to bring you back to the original page where you choose the book you are reading. The book takes you to the book and it will open up where ever you left off last time you read the book. The star will take you back to Stumptown.
The building on the far bottom right will take you to a page that shows you what the orphs need and how many stars are needed to get it. My son never really used that button because it shows you on the Stumptown screen what the orphs need and how many stars are needed.
When you click on one of the buildings in Stumptown, you will see a screen like this one:
And when you click on one of the pictures you will see a lesson on what you have to know for a particular job. It is “training” you for the job. Then you scroll down and bit and you can see the “help wanted” area that shows you the jobs that are available.
This is an example of one of the jobs:
When you answer that question, you will get stars so you can get the things you need for the orphs.
And that is basically the cycle… you read the book… when you get to certain spots in the book, you (the squirrel) need to perform certain jobs to earn stars so you can get things for the Orphs you have rescued.
My son has enjoyed this book just as he did the last one. My son does not enjoy reading, but this is one story he has enjoyed (like the last Orphs of the Woodlands book). Although, he doesn’t really care about continuing to use the app once he is done reading the book.
As a parent, I’m ready for the next book to come out so I can have him read it for school. It has been hard for me to find books for him that he actually enjoys reading, so when I can find one he likes, I’m happy and so is he!
Information at a glance:
For whom? All readers ages 7 and up
How much is it? $1.99 plus there are optional in app purchases.