Title: A Word’s a Bird/Un Mot est un Oiseau
Witten by Orel Protopopescu
Illustrated by: Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie
Published by Syntonia and Actialuna
Themes: children’s poetry, seasons, spring, nature, bilingual
Release Date: May 16th, 2013
Price: $ 2.99
Available at: Apple iTunes Store
- Mellow narration
- consult interactive glossaries to understand the words and poetic images
- touch blooms and birds and boats to watch and listen to the spring scenes unfold before you
Synopsis: A Words A Bird – Spring Flies By In Rhymes is a French/English seasonal poetry app that will appeal to children and adults. Over 100 stunning hand-illustrated watercolors are fused with digital technology to create the charming animation. April, May and June, each have their own short, narrated poem capturing a different aspect of the season, with endearing animation. The natural sounds that abound during the spring months enhance each poem.
Une fleur est une demeure où l’abellie butine.
A bloom’s a room you seek when you want to sneek a peek…
Why I like this: The concept is wonderful. Poetry for the iPad is rare and this is beautiful rhyming French poetry translated superbly into English (often substituting brilliant internal rhyme) that captures the sights and smells and sounds of spring. Little children will absorb more complex metaphors through the interactivity, which makes this a superb way to share poetry. The animation is winsome and transports you out in the park and onto the river with insects buzzing, birds tweeting and an idyllic sense of peace.