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Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore by: Tonia Allen Gould

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--Determined Crab Sets Out to Build Himself a Home
Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Skies America Publishing, 2013) by children’s author Tonia Allen Gould tells the story of Sam, a small cartoon land and sea fiddler crab (complete with a fiddle and a bow) that finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. When he arrives at Corte Magore, Sam decides he wants to make this place his permanent home, but he realizes he will have to build himself a shelter from the rising tides that could take him and his fiddle and bow back out to sea. He must work diligently – and ignore mocking from hermit crabs and seagulls and beat the clock on his arch nemesis, The Great Tidal Wave – if he wants to stay.

Gould’s daughter, now a sophomore in college, was just two years old when she inspired Sam’s story. “We were taking a drive to Santa Barbara and talking about our beach day ahead, when I heard her babbling what sounded like, ‘Corte Magore, Corte Magore, Corte Magore,’ over and over again,” Gould says. “My family knows that publishing this story has been a dream since that day. I want kids to believe, mine especially, that it’s important to dream and that almost anything is possible if you’re willing to do the work.”
As a mother, Gould knew Sam’s story would have to be unique and interactive to capture the attention of today’s children, so she decided to publish the book as an iPad app with original animation, an engaging voiceover, and upbeat Americana music. As a marketing expert, Gould was determined to assemble a powerhouse team to create a book that both children and parents would enjoy. Sam’s story is art directed by "Mr. Lawrence," an original Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants and mostly illustrated by Marc Ceccarelli, another Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants. Michelle Fandrey at Skies America Publishing also contributed; the musical score was written and produced by up-and-coming Nashville musician Robby Armstrong; and the book is narrated by radio personality Steve McCoy, a two-time Marconi Award Nominee.

“I wanted Sam’s story to be an engaging and interactive process,” Gould explains. “Unfortunately, you can’t include animations, voice, and music in a conventional book. But producing the book as an iPad App allowed us to create a whole new world for little ones to enjoy.”
The short, colorful eBook (available through the iTunes store for $4.99) explores several important themes for young readers, including:
- The concept of “building a home”
- Hard work and self-reliance
- Daring to dream of a better life
- Overcoming adversity
- Dealing with bullies and naysayers

“I want this story to help parents start a conversation about hard work, dedication, and independence,” Gould adds. “Sam does everything himself in this book, and he doesn’t ask for help. I want children to understand that life isn’t always peaches and cream, but if you’re willing to put your nose to the grindstone and ignore bullies and naysayers, in the end, everything usually works out okay.”

What's New in Version 1.1

Revised credit page.

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Customer Reviews


I have four children and they are 4-17 years of age and what is so great about this book other then the great lessons it teaches but that my 17 year old my 13 year old and my 12 year old all love sitting with their baby sister and reading through this book with her. The music is so entertaining and fits so well to the story at hand. I see this book as a bridge for all ages to enjoy a great story together and with the technology we have at our finger tips it is refreshing knowing my little one is enjoying a heart felt story. Thank you Tonia thank you Robby thank you technology.

My twins love this book!

I have seven year old twins (a boy and girl) and they both really love this book, but honestly so do I. This is the kind of feel good children's book that makes parents smile. My kids love the music and always dance around to it. When they get in trouble I say, "Saaaaaaam!" and they laugh and it distracts them from whatever they were doing. The poetry and words flow seamlessly--reminds me of Dr. Seuss! Five Stars!!!!


My six-year-old LOVES this book, and everything about it--the poetic voice, animation, interactive spinning clocks, the music and narration, and the important lessons it teaches about hard work. There are so many layers to this book, making the $4.99 a great value! This is my daughter's favorite book!

Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore by: Tonia Allen Gould
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Books
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  • Size: 740 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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