‘A Very Holistic Caterpillar’

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With the introduction of the new iPad technology in 2010, there has been a steady increase in classic picturebooks remediated as picturebook apps for new 21st century readers. The focus for this talk is to explain an underlying focus for providing the children with a wide choice of formats that are solely based on adaptations of the original print picturebook ‘A Very Hungry Caterpillar’ (1969) by E. Carle. Part of this focus was for children to appreciate how the story translates into a range of interconnected formats and styles together with introducing the digital app version within a holistic framework. In this instance, I explore the relationship between the print ‘A Very Hungry Caterpillar’ (1969) and the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award-Winning (2015) ‘My Very Hungry Caterpillar’ picturebook app. This is supported by an exploratory research day in a South West London Reception class where children aged 4 to 6 experienced choosing to read this story from a selection of app, print, multi-format and dual-language examples. Some of the children’s responses were captured by photographs and short video clips. While the photographs portray a view of how the project worked, the short film clips offer further insights into children’s touch design skills, the negotiations within dialogic exchanges and their exploratory play. The key findings suggest: how confident the children were to explore the range of the play scenarios within the app using intuitive touch design skills; include an evaluation of how video clips as a medium can convey children’s responses to multimodal texts within a vibrant classroom setting; and offer observations of children’s writing and creative book-making skills as they responded to the rich range of formats. Overall, this pilot research will provide a useful springboard for further research and poses questions about how far schooled literacy provides enough opportunity for collaborative participatory literacy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2017

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