Storm Boy is an interactive adaptation of author Colin Thiele’s 1964 novel of the same name, a classic in its native Australia. Students can play Storm Boy the Game from Blowfish Studios on iOS or Android devices. Using the app, students guide the game’s hero—the good-natured Storm Boy—along a wild, windswept stretch of coastland. When he discovers a trio of abandoned pelican chicks, Storm Boy takes them home and cares for them. His father eventually demands the pelicans be returned to the sanctuary, but one—the cagey Mr. Percival—finds his way back, forming an unbreakable bond between boy and bird. Storm Boy’s tale unfolds like a children’s book come to life. Minigames peppered throughout the story help students see the world through the boy’s curious eyes. Students simply tap or swipe to swim underwater and explore breathtaking marine life or to slide down an endless sand dune. Playing fetch with Mr. Percival—and seeing him waddle after a ball and return it—is its own joy. Students don’t need to be familiar with Thiele’s award-winning book to be moved by Storm Boy. Cost: $2.99 for app
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