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Sir Albi™ and HatBand'it™ are trademarks of Udovic Design LLC.

Boom and Zoom on Crater Moon™ is a trademark of Udovic Design LLC.

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About the Authors

These stories are written by children’s book illustrator David Udovic and his wife Susan Udovic, a Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ.

Books Illustrated by David Udovic:

Aunt Matilda's Almost Boring Party, written by Jane Morris Udovic, illustrated by David Udovic, Published by Front Street.
A Child's Guide to Common Household Monsters, written by James Otis Thach, illustrated by David Udovic, Published by Front Street.
Eight Wild Nights, written by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by David Udovic, Published by Kar-Ben

About Animated Stories

There are some guidelines that we find essential to follow in online storytelling. We don't want the animation to dominate the story. The goal is to strengthen reading skills. Animation, sound, and interaction should carry the child's imagination, not overtake it and replace the child's own ability to imagine through words. After all, that's what reading is all about! The role of a good children's book illustration is always to embellish the written word.

The Sir Albi™ and HatBand'it™ story was our first venture into animated story-telling. We took a general script, the "Read It" version, and added animation, character voice, and sound effects to the text. Since then, we have evolved the animated story-telling approach to be senitive to parent/teacher and child interaction. You will find the new series of stories about Boom and Zoom on Crater Moon™ are written in two versions. "Look & Listen" and "Look, Listen, & Read.". The "Look & Listen" version reads the story to you. The "Look, Listen, & Read." version is designed to support co-reading, between parent/teacher and child, using a new, innovative format. It reads like a play in which the parent/teacher plays a part, that of the narrator. Your narration is assisted by action and sound effects. At other points in the story, the characters speak and move.

Please feel free to email us with any feedback you have about the stories. Are they working to support your storytime experience? Do you like the characters and story? Does the navigation seem intuitive? We'd love to hear from you! Write to us at info@davidudovic.com.

Online Stories

Boom and Zoom on Crater Moon™

A Balanced Approach to Learning

Balanced Site

A "Balanced" Approach to Learning
in Our New Age

There is no doubt that "screen time" is here to stay. Much of learning today includes a television, computer, or mobile electronic device, such as a tablet or smartphone. We know that these devices assist learning. However, we believe that, at an early age, learning to move and control the real crayon should not be replaced by learning to sweep the virtual crayon.

There are some questions we should be asking. How does the physical manipulation of objects other than a screen or button help early childhood development and nurture the growth of imagination? What is lost in the education process when the virtual is out of balance with the physical? How can self-regulation and patience be taught in a virtual world where the sweep of the hand gets immediate results?

Educators agree that adding physical movement to lessons activates more areas of the brain. Because both "screen time" and "paper time" have benefits, the virtual and real world teaching tools at this site offer a "Balanced" approach to preparing your child for real world engagement and academic success.


Balanced Site

Interactive Screen Time
Free, "Read With Your Child" stories are available in an app called
"Robots on the Moon" at Google Play, and Amazon, iTunes, and also online here. The "Look, Listen, & Read" version of these stories is designed specifically for co-reading (reading together). Studies show that storytime between parent/teacher and child nurtures reading and socializing skills.

Interactive Paper Time
At our site, popdowncards.com, we offer educational and activity cards with a unique PopDown® action that adds the attraction of play to the learning experience. The PopDown® action of the Crater Moon Quiz Card and the Magic PopDown® helps make learning numbers, letters, and words a treat.  By opening the card in two phases, you can first present a question, then magically open again to see the answer. Make-your-own, free printable flashcard templates let you customize lesson plans. Activity Sheets can be folded as an insert to the PopDown®.

In addition, our PopDown® Color-Me cards let kids put their own creative signature to birthday card-giving. They help build creativity, fine motor skills, hand-eye coodination, and counting skills.

"Real World" Skill Worksheets
Many support tools are available under the Free Printables menu, including:

  • Printable flashcards for numbers, addition, subtraction, and sight word recognition
  • Worksheets and Activity Sheets
  • Make-Your-Own flashcard templates
  • Lesson plans
  • Instruction pages

Many of our tools are connected by the lovable characters in these stories: Sir Albi™ and HatBand'it™, and Boom and Zoom on Crater Moon™. Albi is a magician's bunny who wants to be a great magician, but never learned to read. He is helped by HatBand'it™, the magic hat. Boom and Zoom are two robots sent to Crater Moon to plant a rainbow forest. Their home is a glass bubble greenhouse filled with tools and seedlings. And you'll find their stories on the backs of our flashcards, greeting cards, and color-me cards. See all their products, including free printables, below.

Online Stories
"Read With Your Child" Stories

Crater Moon Quiz Card
Crater Moon Quiz Card
Opened with Flashcard Question

Child with Activity Sheet
Boom and Zoom Activity Sheet

Kids Coloring at a Craft Event Presented by David Udovic
Kids Coloring at a PopDown® Craft Event
Presented by David Udovic

Kids Coloring on Chairs at a Craft Event Presented by David Udovic
Kids Coloring at a PopDown® Craft Event
Presented by David Udovic

How You Can Help Support These Stories

Creating these free, online stories is a labor of love. We have lots of ideas, but they can only be realized if we can viably fund the effort. If you wish to support us in this, you can make a purchase at our commercial site,

www.popdowncards.com

There you'll find greeting cards for kids, educational activity cards and support tools, and signed, hardcopies of the picture books illustrated by David.

David Udovic
    Author
    Illustrator  
Susan Udovic
    Web Developer  
    Animator