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    Bilingual apps promote literacy

    A Dedham company dedicated to innovative education recently rolled out two free bilingual smart device apps aimed at teaching literacy to young children. FableVision teamed up with Reading is Fundamental and the National Writing Project, both national organizations geared toward reading, writing, and literacy. Originally, “Water Wonders” and “Our Book by Us” were produced as print books and distributed to underserved families, but in 2008, Reading is Fundamental lost federal funding and had to come up with a less expensive alternative to warehousing and distributing books, according to FableVision chief executive Paul Reynolds. The apps both feature animations and interactive games, which are designed to entertain, but not to distract. The apps are available on Google Play, the Apple App Store, and the Amazon App Store. For more information, visit