Imagine a storybook app that doesn’t have text in it. You can’t swipe left or right to navigate either. Many kids would probably dismiss it immediately because they are unable to interact and understand what the story is about.
That was exactly how my kids first reacted to David Wiesner’s Spot. But once I showed them that they can use the pinch-to-zoom gesture to navigate the app, they have really enjoyed its wordless world. Never before I experienced a reading session in which my kids asked so many questions. We ended up having lengthy, interesting discussions about how we could interpret the story.
Find the Portals and Zoom to Transport Yourself
You start your journey by zooming in on the ladybug to reveal a small house inside a lake on an island. Zooming in further will transport you inside the bug house, where you can find a desk stuffed with various items. Some of these items are actually portals that can transport you to five imaginative worlds created by David Wiesner. You may want to remember these portal items: the sandwich, the drawings, the newspaper article, the blue pencil, and the cookie.