Tony Martinez shows us a great interactive children's library that you and your family can access anywhere.
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Learn About Mrs. P's Magic Interactive Library Audra Lowe: It’s time for Better Parenting and you know these days, it seems we’re all very, very busy. But a lot of people still want kids to take time to hear classic literary tales. Well, here comes Mrs. P. to the rescue. Tony has more. Tony Martinez: More and more these days, kids and computer stuff and devices kind of go hand in hand but all that modern technology doesn’t mean that kids can't still tap into classic childhood literature. Proof of that can be found at MrsP.com. For Danna Plautz, the passion for reading started very early. Dana Plautz: When they were reading James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web and just love to go to school to sit in a reading circle and hear the stories. Tony Martinez: That same passion is alive today. And if the driving force behind a friendly adventurous storyteller with a quick whip and sense of humor. Her name is Mrs. P. Dana Plautz: We thought it would just be really fun to do something that we can control the content of and something that we could feel really great about. We brainstorm and kind of this is what grew out of it. Tony Martinez: Danna and co-creator Clay Graham launched MrsP.com, a website where kids can read a story or just sit back and hear a story. It’s fun, safe and truly has its heart in the right place. Young readers are plucking to it by the thousands. Dana Plautz: A lot of children don’t have that experience of someone reading them a story. It’s not that cheap. It fills the void of someone reading a story to them. But for children that don’t get that attention rather than a cartoon character, this is really the only thing that likes it on the web. Tony Martinez: When four-year old Odessa visits Mrs. P, her dad John is right there with her. John Knight: It’s crazy how good they are at operating it. I have a smartphone and she has application. She has more applications on there than I do. Tony Martinez: Danna and Clay both believe that books don’t end on the final page. In fact, that’s where the real adventure; the one launched from the reader’s imagination truly begins. Clay Graham: Everybody who reads a book has a different version of it in their head and that’s something that you create yourself which you don’t quite get from movies and television. Tony Martinez: Mrs. P’s Magic Library is filled with dozens of classic books and stories from children’s literature. Kids make the selection and everyone settles in for some good old fashioned story time. Dana Plautz: We wanted to spark that imagination in children and let them have an experience they might be missing. Tony Martinez: And if you think Mrs. P looks a little like Mimi from the Drew Carey show, that’s because she is. Both characters are played by Hollywood actress Kathy Kinney. In fact, the storytelling is filmed in her Hollywood home. Clay Graham: She gets into costume and we talk about the introductions and rehearse a little bit. That’s very casual. It’s very fun. It’s what I thought showbiz always should be and Kathy Kinney will cook us lunch and everything between it and that’s a pleasant experience. Tony Martinez: One thing MrsP.com doesn’t have is advertising. Dana Plautz: There is no advertising on there and there's no place for them once they are in this magic library to stray and that I think is really reassuring to their parent. Tony Martinez: But parents aren't the only ones rating about Mrs. P besides won numerous awards from some of the most prestigious organizations in children literacy. Dana Plautz: So, we have the teachers, the libraries, the parents and the literacy organizations all thinking Mrs. P is a great, safe place. Tony Martinez: You can debate the reasons why but there's a little doubt that nationally, children’s literacy rates are declining. Mrs. P. doesn’t like that and she's doing her part to change it with more humor and the timeless power of a great story read really, really well. Dana Plautz: It’s a real feel good opera