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by Iroha Hazuki & illustrated by Nikolay Nikolov & developed by Stella 28

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Stella 28

Two polar bear cubs meet and scan the evening sky for a special star.

Theo is a polar bear out trooping around in the snowy wild of the far north when he happens across another cub, Lena, who is patiently sitting in the snow. Lena tells Theo that she is waiting for the night to see her mother, who is now a star. Theo catches the drift when he remembers that his parents told him that his deceased grandparents were stars. Theo offers to join Lena in her vigil, and, together, night falls around them and the stars come out. This is a wistful and rather stiff story, but in its simplicity there is a sense that the future is wide and open and that memories will always be part of it. The app is designed to look like a book, with text on the right and a looping animated video on the left. There is no interaction with the video other than to set it in play, and it does a good job depicting the ghostly, bluish light of the northlands, with awesome snow peaks and what looks like really cold water. Occasionally the narrator will fumble a line, but the mishaps will keep early readers on their toes, and there is a record-your-own-narration option available.

A dreamy story of lost, found and abiding affection in the Arctic. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)