Children's new travel book series is an interactive, multimedia reading experience

Apr 07, 2014, 09:00 ET from Dr. Janet Dieman

CINCINNATI, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Children's new travel book series is an interactive, multimedia reading experience

Logan Goes to China is the first in a new series of seven travel books for children. Author Dr. Janet Dieman has designed all seven to be read on an iPad, iPad mini or an Apple computer running the Mavericks OS 10.9 operating system.

The first book, written in the voice of her grandson, can be downloaded online through the Apple Bookstore website. It engages youngsters with 243 photos, five videos, a slide show, multiple Tap for-more-information buttons, plus a dictionary look-up capability, multicolor text high-lighting, internet link, e-mail access, and study card options.

Because of the book's open-ended interactivity, Dr. Dieman anticipates that no two readers will follow identical paths through its 64 pages.

Leveraging digital technology to provide a multimedia reading experience for middle school social studies students, Dr. Dieman is among the first writers to take advantage of emerging interactive software by creating an immersive, virtual "book" for eight to twelve-year-olds.

When the central character, Logan, visits the emperor's palace in Beijing's Forbidden City, he is dressed in imperial robes and a hat, and sits on a replica of the imperial throne.

He receives a scroll of Chinese characters written for him by a nephew of the last emperor. He learns why the colors red and gold are so significant, and why the number 9 is important. He discovers why it's incredibly rude to step on the threshold of any doorway.

Logan visits a traditional hutong neighborhood and learns how to haggle with aggressive shopkeepers. Later, he climbs seemingly endless worn and uneven stairs to a lofty lookout tower on the Great Wall of China. From the top, he folds and launches a paper airplane to honor the spirits of millions of peasant laborers who died during the Wall's construction and were buried inside its bulwarks.

Elsewhere, after marveling at the awesome Terracotta Warriors (and meeting the farmer who discovered them), Logan constructs his own army of origami soldiers and arranges them as guards inside the door of his hotel room.

After breakfast the next morning, Logan is horrified when he observes the hotel's staff rinsing rice in the nearby river, just downstream from housewives washing their dirty clothing.

Apropos food, he expresses strong opinions about Chinese dumplings. In a slideshow, he classifies Chinese bathrooms on a scale ranging from luxury to yech. The highlight of Logan's trip is one-to-one time with a Kung Fu master that includes hands-on instruction on how to use an intimidating array of swords, spears, and daggers.

Young readers will discover, as does Logan, that China is indeed a formidable yet fascinating place.

To learn more about Logan Goes to China and be among the first to see the announcement of future interactive e-books, visit website.

Dr. Dieman is available for interviews by calling (800) 366.3457. A color image of the book cover is available on request via email,

Media Contact: Janet Dieman, Interactive Learning, 513-561-4415,

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