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ONE MORE STORY

www.onemorestory.com

Review by Linda Pliagas

 

The internet has revolutionized education.  Thanks to the World Wide Web, learning is now an interactive activity, one that adults and children alike can partake in the comfort and convenience of home. 

One More Story is an example of an educational website that fosters a love of learning and reading in children.  Forget about having to drive miles with kids asking, “Are we there yet?” in order to visit the nearest library.  One More Story provides a wide array of beautifully-illustrated, popular children’s titles with just a click of a mouse.

The website was developed to provide children, ages two through nine, with the best of both classic and contemporary literature.  One More Story collaborates with top national publishers, such as Random House, Penguin Putnam, Harper/Collins, and others, and for a minimal annual fee makes their prized collection available at any time, day or night.

Currently, One More Story features 46 books in their collection; however, it will eventually house over one hundred titles. One More Story is not meant to replace teachers, parents or caregivers.  It is meant to be an additional exposure to literature.

“Our guiding philosophy is to offer children the highest quality in children’s literature presented in a most entertaining, provocative and entertaining way,” states Carl Teitelbaum, the company’s co-founder and president.  He adds: “We aim to create a generation of life-long readers.”

The website caters both to pre-readers and early readers alike.  Young children, those not yet capable of reading, can choose a book from the collection and have the story read in a stimulating, inviting manner.  Older children can read a book of their choice for themselves and if they get stuck on an unfamiliar word, they can click on it to hear it.

One More Story was launched in 2005 and quickly became integrated into numerous public school systems, private schools, library systems and hospitals. The site charges individual users a $44 annual subscription and an equally affordable licensing fee for public and private institutions. As a way of giving back to the community, the company allows hospitals free access to their online collection.  Subscribers can visit the website as frequently as they like. One More Story is also being used by public school systems in Canada, Europe and Asia as well.

Teitelbaum, along with his sister, Rona Roth, came up with the concept of One More Story in 2000. Roth, who passed away shortly after the site was launched, had been a kindergarten teacher.  Teitelbaum has a background in children’s programming; his credits include Sesame Street and Zoom among others.

“We had a vision and an idea, we wanted to make the site as educationally pure as we could,” Teitelbaum admits, adding that no advertisements are accepted on the site.

Besides hosting fabulous actors that read in a vibrant and exciting manner, One More Story features entertaining original music and animated sound effects that are sure to keep even children with short attention spans engaged.  Robby Merkin, former music director of Sesame Street, serves as the One More Story musical director.

Parents will also enjoy the original articles written by child development experts, which can be found in The Parents Place section of the website.  Each article addresses a subject found in one of the books in the library, such as “Separation Anxiety.”

With the colorful illustrations, soothing voices and relaxing music playing in the background, One More Story is sure to be a popular online educational portal for homeschoolers. Annual gift subscriptions are available and make a unique present, one that will pass on and nourish a love of reading in youngsters.

For more information, please log on to: www.OneMoreStory.com

 


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