Wednesday, September 07, 2011

COMIC: "WebVoyagers in Apple Harvest" - Published in The Canadian Reader (Sept. 2011)

Cover: The Canadian Reader, Published by LesPlan Educational ServicesIt's a brand new school year, and that means a brand new year of educational comic adventures across Canada with WebVoyagers, published in The Canadian Reader by LesPlan Educational Services Ltd.

This is my fourth year illustrating WebVoyagers (formerly NetTrekkers), and I'm very happy with how the comic has evolved since 2008.  Each story is written by award-winning Canadian children's author, Vivien Bowers, and features siblings Lily, Patrick and Christopher who travel to different locations in Canada by pressing the 'Enter' key on their magic computer.  During their adventures, they find out more about a region or place, then return home with a press to the 'Home' key.

In the September 2011 issue, the kids travel to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia for the annual apple harvest.  Students learn about how to properly pick apples, tree grafting, and why farmers don't simply plant apple seeds to grow new crops.  Teachers will find related lesson plan activities and worksheets accompanying the comic in their school's copy of The Canadian Reader (or Nos Nouvelles en français).

Special thanks to my editor, Janet Wieczorek, at LesPlan Educational Services Ltd.

Here's a sneak preview of the comic ...

WebVoyagers in Apple Harvest (Written by Vivien Bowers, Illustrated by Mike Cope)

About The Canadian Reader:
The Canadian Reader / Nos Nouvelles is a classroom-ready current events resource for students in grades 3 to 5. This publication, available in English and in French, combines current Canadian events and issues with geography to expand students' knowledge of Canada while enhancing their ability to read and understand informational text.  Published eight times during the school year, each issue focuses on one of six key reading comprehension strategies – making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, and synthesizing/transforming.

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Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

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