This includes the Pacha's Pajamas Younger Reader book, the CD, augmented reality, and downloadable BETA NGSS climate change and Common Core ELA curricula.
Pacha’s imagination is bigger than the Andes Mountains, homeland of her ancestors. After a stress-induced asthma attack, her magical pajamas carry her into an epic dream where she's the central player at a nature festival. Full of musical plants and dancing animals, the event is a worldwide call-to-action to save the planet from destruction. Pacha awakens with the skills needed to stay healthy and better understand who she truly is.
The book addresses our relationship to nature, plants and animals, climate change, drought, population, conservation, and many other environmental issues. Through her dream, Pacha breaks through her shyness, learns to better manage her asthma, and uses mindfulness, breathing and yoga to reduce stress.
Messaging and Outcomes
This book is designed to spark interest in and raise awareness of climate change. The text, album, augmented reality support many NGSS performance expectations for K through 8th grade for climate change as well as many of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. The main themes of the book series are 1) humans are deeply connected to one another and nature, 2) individuals have everything they need within ourselves, and 3) individuals and communities have the power to create the world we want to live in.
Families and kids will experience the following outcomes:
● Spark interest in and learn about climate change and environmental issues
● Learn about global youth leaders who could be role models
● Learn how to manage stress
● Learn about traditional culture
● Improve self-literacy
● Improve problem solving
● Enhance communication and connection if experienced together
The average Lexile measure for the series are about 875L, which applies to the high 3rd/4th grade levels and 5th-7th stretch bands. In other words, it's ideally matched for 8 to 12 year olds. Parents will enjoy reading the book to and with children of all ages.
The book is 148 pages with full color graphics that trigger augmented reality animations and videos on the FREE Aurasma augmented reality app. The CD features celebrities including Mos Def and Talib Kewli as well as 30 talented youth. It has ten songs, a meditation, and two spoken word tracks.
The double album received the following awards:
02.2014: First Place in Songwriting for Eco Arts Award
11.2013: Academic’s Choice Smart Media Award
11.2013: Creative Child Magazine’s 2013 Preferred Choice
11.2013: Mom’s Choice Gold
11.2013: Mr Dad Seal
10.2013: Family Choice Award
10.2013: People’s Choice in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards
06.2013: Parent’s Choice Recommended Award