Oceanhouse Media Partners with Andersen Press to Bring Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Apps to iOS & Android

The hardworking folks over at Oceanhouse Media have partnered with Andersen Press to bring the classic Elmer the Patchwork Elephant books to both the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. The first omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book) to be released in this series is Elmer’s Special Day, now available for USD 2.99. Check out the rest of the press release for more information:

“Elmer’s vibrant colors and festive surroundings are ideal for an interactive app,” said Michel Kripalani, founder and president of Oceanhouse Media. “Our wonderful partnership with Andersen Press is sure to make Elmer fans happy as we bring more of the popular Elmer titles to the digital marketplace.”

A universal favorite since the first book debuted in 1989, the stories of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant have been published in more than 20 languages. Elmer is distributed in the U.S. by Lerner Publishing Group. Written and illustrated by David McKee, Elmer’s Special Day has the gray elephants decorating themselves for the annual Elmer’s Day Parade. Since only Elmer is allowed to be elephant colored on that day, he rolls around in elephant colored berries to hide his patchwork colors.

The noise and preparations, however, upset the other jungle animals. Elmer finds a solution by offering to include them in the day’s festivities so no animal is excluded. In appreciation, the animals put on elephant masks in honor of Elmer and they all happily join the parade.

School Library Journal says of Elmer’s Special Day, “The impact of the creatures coming together as a community to celebrate is a satisfying conclusion – everyone is having a great time and no one feels left out. A strong addition to the popular series.”

“It’s a pleasure working with Oceanhouse Media to bring Elmer to an even broader audience,” said Sarah Pakenham, Rights Director for Andersen Press. “In Elmer’s Special Day, Oceanhouse Media has taken McKee’s beautiful story and illustrations and created an app that stays true to McKee’s messages that it’s okay to be different and that it’s important to accept others.”

Aimed at readers in preschool through grade 2, Elmer’s Special Day features three options: Auto Play (geared toward younger readers), which plays like a movie by automatically reading and turning pages; Read to Me, which allows users to listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read; and Read It Myself, which lets users read the book in its traditional format. Additional features include original artwork, picture/word association, word highlighting, professional audio narration and scene-by-scene custom background audio.

For more information, check out Oceanhouse Media’s website: https://www.oceanhousemedia.com/


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