Posted by cen
Fairies, dragons and cherubs! Oh My!
I purchased this app for the Kindle Fire mostly because I was bummed I couldn’t review Nursery Rhymes with Storytime for the iPad. It has similar wood-cut style illustrations and whimsy by the boatload. Twinkle Twinkle is based on a tree book with illustrations by the fantastical Michael Hague and the full words to Jane Taylor’s poem “The Star,” which was first published in 1860 in a book of children’s poetry entitled Rhymes for the Nursery.
This app has the same dream-land kind of feeling as heaven as depicted in the movie What Dreams May Come (don’t knock it til you try it, folks!)
The narrator’s voice is divine and the multi-lingual renditions of Twinkle Twinkle set to Mozart’s “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” are a really nice addition. The background music and sound effects is ethereal, and every now and then there’s a pleasantly eerie child’s voice singing the English version of Twinkle Twinkle. Interactive elements often have a halo around them, and on all pages you can zoom in and out of the illustration, and even tilt it side to side- it’s surprisingly 3D. Pages have to be turned with translucent arrows on the far right and left of the screen, not by swipes, which is hard for little fingers, and when you get to the end of the book, there’s still a visible arrow, but it doesn’t do anything when you click it.
I have been thinking about using this app as inspiration for Summer Reading Club programs, given that the California theme this year is Night Time. I’ll work on this idea more and report back later.
See the Kirkus review