Author Goes Digital with Fantasy Tales for Children; ANIMATED APPS, E-BOOKS AND INTERACTIVE WEBSITE PLANNED

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), August 23, 2012 | Go to article overview

Author Goes Digital with Fantasy Tales for Children; ANIMATED APPS, E-BOOKS AND INTERACTIVE WEBSITE PLANNED


Byline: GARETH EVANS

A RETIRED health worker from South Wales is enhancing her newfound career as a children's author by extending her reach into schools.

Stories penned by 67-year-old Eiry Rees Thomas are being primed for use as bilingual literacy and numeracy aids for primary school pupils in Wales.

Ms Thomas has teamed up with Swansea-based software company ChaosTrend to turn her stories into animated interactive apps and e-books for schools.

The resource will be backed up by an interactive website for children, parents, teachers and librarians and supplemented by educational digital games and puzzles.

Ms Thomas' stories about the Flitwits - surreal cult characters that inhabit the mystical fantasy land of Fussbut, Seldom See - are written in a lyrical, poetical style and are already proving a hit in schools that have trialled them.

The Flitwits are aimed at the seven to 10 age group while the Flitlits cover children aged nine and over. The entire educational package covers aspects across the school curriculum for special needs and mainstream primary pupils.

Ms Thomas' work has already come to the attention of The National Grid for Learning Cymru, which has a remit to develop its library of interactive resources for teachers and learners at all levels.

The Flitwits have been chosen to support Key Stage 2 and 3 numeracy and literacy and the National Grid has asked Ms Thomas to write individual stories in English and Welsh to introduce each of the 13 characters.

Ms Thomas, a fluent Welsh speaker from Cardiff, said each e-book will have around 30 pages of illustration which helps the transition from picture books to early chapter novels.

She hopes the project will help create and sustain jobs in South Wales as she is already working and collaborating with a number of individuals and businesses ranging from teachers, translators and illustrators to printers. …

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