Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids, from My Melody Book is much more than a reading app, although it includes plenty to explore in text, describing each of the locations on the map. These include the United States (New York), Ireland, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, Kenya, India, Japan and Australia. Children can record their travels in a digital travel book, collecting photos of their journey. The navigation is intuitive in this solidly made app for children ages 3 to 8.
Each location has the choice of Learn, Create and Play. Tap "Learn" and you can tap items like musical instruments, traditional foods and other items from each culture featured to find out more about them. Tap "Play" to hear more about all the images, including musical sounds from many instruments from around the world. Tap "Create" to select the items you want to play with, including images of people, places and things. Press the "record" icon and you can create your own brief video, with unique audio to narrate your scene. A great way to make exploring the world even more interactive!
I saw this app used for a library storytime project as a way to model how new media can help children create their own narratives and become more engaged with storytelling via apps. It's a great app for exploring, especially to play with together as a family.
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The Melody Book LLC
The Melody Book LLC
12 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9
Join two kittens on a magical journey as they travel the world in a hot air balloon. Visit Ireland, Japan, Spain, India and more, as we explore each country's unique music and culture. Play the different musical instruments with interactive fun pages filled with entertaining sounds and vivid illustrations. From the sandy pyramids of Egypt to the wildlife of Kenya, Jazzy World Tour is an adventure that is sure to broaden your child's horizon. [Source: iTunes]