Monday, January 30, 2012

Schools : The love of books !

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (2011) won Best Show Award at Computer Animation Festival Awards Siggraph 2011.

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and Technicolor musicals."

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Last week, on January 24, 2012, the Academy announced the nominees for the "84th Annual Academy Awards". And The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011.


"The award-winning short film is now an interactive narrative experience. William Joyce's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", blurs the line between picture books and animated film."

I love books! I love to read! I watched "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" and I am completely fascinated. And the end is so touching!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

What a lovely motivation to  stimulate the love of books and the love of reading in  mother  language curriculum or in foreign languages curriculum!

As educators, can we make every day a World Book Day? Yes! We can! And this short animated narrative can be a marvelous interactive resource to do it!

I know how students love to read when their teachers love books. I can assure you. It's a transmissible loves! Even for those students that are poor readers. 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

It occurred to me that there is a simple pedagogical principle that explains the appeal of very early learning, homeschooling, and reading begans at home, with parents since childhood. But sometimes this is not possible. There are some parents poor readers as well.

So teachers are important references to students. We must valorize books and reading in the classroom! And we can do a better job if we are rich readers.

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" app can be used in the classroom as a beautiful motivation to introduce the values:  
  • love for books
  • love for libraries
  • love for knowledge
Remembering some o posts about The importance of reading in school or Prince of Persia: an interesting narrative text (you will find several posts about the Narrative text on my blog).

Interactive children's books for the iPad are becoming more engaging and, in some cases, are visually stunning. Remember Alice in Wonderland for iPad or iPad features & Education.

SynopsisInspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. 
Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Other values: 
  • Narrative is central to children’s and young students learning. They use it as a tool to help them organise their ideas and to explore new ideas and experiences.
  • The children and adolescents love play a book character, it means they end up owning a new vision about the narrative. 
  • Composing stories, whether told or written, involves a set of skills and authorial knowledge but is also an essential means for children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.
  • School library will have a symbolic place in the school. Sudents will go the the school library with more enthusiasm for finding new books and new readings.
  • The school librairian teacher's role implementing a good choice of books, and implmenting eReaders into the school libraries. But implementing e-reeders into school libraries program is about more than just jumping on the latest technological bandwagon or attempting to reinvent the library in order to stay relevant. It’s about good practices in school library, an impressive support for students.
Some information:
  • Curriculum: Mother Language; Foreign Languages; Arts; Music, other;
  • Levels: Kindergarten; Primary education; Secondary education ; further education.
  • App;
  • Device: iPad; 
  • Price: $4,99€ for iPad; 
Where to find: Apple's store

Some thoughts:

The importance of reading in the school! No matter the resources we can choose on formal learning and informal learning. 

Don't underestimate the power of magic of reading in the classroom with your students appealing to all these wonderful digital resources.

Chidren and young adolescents love this kind of stories, right? It's a captivating narrative text, with lots of magic, adventure and special values. Love of books, love of libraries.

The love of books and love of reading must begin in kindergarten to be continued on primary, elementary and secondary education.

One important point: schools need more time for reading aloud, choosing and sharing the pleasure of reading books and not just extracts. However, teachers can make reading exciting all through the year.

I quite agree about the encouragement and success of World Book DayWorld Book Day always generates huge enthusiasm for reading in children's school.

If I have any suggestions as how can schools keep that excitement about reading going all through the school? Yes! I have! Loving to read! And loving libraries, loving book stores.

Go to the the public librairies and book stores with your students. Encourage them to buy their own books. Whether they spend their pocket money on a book means every child can add a title to his 'book store'. 

All research shows that owning books plays a key role in encouraging reading and we need to do all we can to make that happen.

Finally, students get better results in other school matters such as sciences, maths, history or geography, because everything goes through the reading skills.

Seeing students utilize the information literacy skills we have previously taught them in a new context and independently is probably one of the most joyful experiences as an educator.  

"Books are both object and idea. Tangible in form, intangible in content, they express the mind of an author and find meaning in the imagination of readers.  

Reading is this private conversation, but books are all about sharing - sharing experience, knowledge and understanding." 

Irina Bokova, Director-General of  UNESCO


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Computer Animation Festival Awards 2011
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