An original multilingual story about family separation and reunion
Funded by the MODs Education Support Fund, Finding Fin is an original children’s story conceived as a way to explore issues of family separation and reunion. Produced in an audio-enabled printed format and as an e-book, the story has initially been translated into Fijian and Nepali.
Developing the story
The project involved a range of individuals including children and parents, class teachers, an artist in residence and an IT specialist.
The Finding Fin story came about rather serendipitously and is conceptually based upon a number of different elements. One of the parents at the school had a job that involved travelling to the Antarctic and this was incorporated into the story. At that time a story had also appeared in the national news entitled ‘Whale 52 – The loneliest whale in the world’, which piqued staff interest and was also woven into the narrative.
School staff sat down with the artist to storyboard. An interesting idea developed whereby the story would be told from two different perspectives – the family and the whale’s point of view. The progress of each scenario would be visualised on facing pages of a double-page spread.
Creating the books
The books were created in two formats.
- A physical A4 Talking Book. Using Mantra Lingua’s ground-breaking technology TalkingPEN, a user can touch the corners of the page and listen to an audio narration in English, Fijian and Nepali.
- An e-book version. Featuring different language versions these books have been published in.epub format so they can be read and listened to in an e-book reader such as iBooks
The files below can be viewed using an ePub reader like iBooks on your smartphone or tablet.