Juno's Musical ABC's is one of the nicest ABC book apps in the App Store. Not only does it present the alphabet in a fun and engaging way but it simultaneously teaches about dozens of different musical instruments, sounds and musical concepts. It also features high-quality sounds to go along with every instrument introduced and delightful graphics of adorable felt characters. The narration is also lovely, and that familiar voice turns out to be none other than Brooke Shields.
Each page features a letter as well as simple interactivity that allows the child to touch the images on the page to see and hear the word (like applause, bassoon, clarinet, etc.) that is emphasized in that page's short rhyme. Many pages are also lightly animated, like the harp's strings moving or an instrument dancing in tune with a melody. Every image is also crisp and beautiful, matching the assortment of sound effects perfectly.
The book is solidly made with intuitive settings and even the ability to tap any letter to hear both the name of the letter and the sound it makes. Words also highlight as read, making this a great educational title even for young readers who have already mastered their ABCs.
Overall this app is an excellent choice to introduce children to the alphabet and music. It is also very enjoyable for adults, a big plus for an ABC app, and even ends with an inspirational message about the music 'inside of you'. The developer, Juno Baby, also donates musical DVDs to needy children through the Head Start program. This app is truly wonderful ... an inspiration with every note.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
The Juno Company
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6 +
"A is for Applause, which comes at the end, but in this book it is how we begin!" starts this ABC book, featuring the following musical concepts: B for Bassoon, C for Clarinet, D for Drum, E for Encore, F for Flute, G for Guitar, H for Harp, I for Instruments, J for Jingle, K for Keys, L for Lullaby, M for March, N for Note, O for Oboe, P for Presto, Q for Quartet, R for Rhythm, S for Saxophone, T for Trumpet, U for Unison, V for Viola, W for Waltz, X for Xylophone, Y for You (the audience), Z for Zillion, and it ends with the following inspirational text:
"Finally now we come to the end, 26 letters from where we began. But 26 letters just isn't enough, to really do justice to all of this stuff ... Brass, wind, percussion, or strings, even an opera where everyone sings. Piccolo, trumpet, drums or bassoon, so many ways to play so many tunes! And the music we hear is lovely, it's true, but the most beautiful song is the one inside you. For no one else could possibly play, quite the same song in quite the same way."