Having trouble remembering the lyrics to this traditional holiday song? You won’t after listening to (and playing with) this app from Polk Street Press.
Title: Twelve Days of Christmas
Illustrated by: Lesley Breen Withrow
Published by: Polk Street Press
Developed by: be | daronco, LLC
Arranged and Performed by: Amee BellWanzo and Brad Snavley
Platform: iOS, requires 4.3 or later
K-Gr 5-Illustrated with stylized animals and multiethnic courtiers, this tutorial is a fun diversion that will help those learning the famously tricky lyrics. It offers two main options: “playalong” or “singalong.” “Playalong” should perhaps be tried first as it is a game that teaches children the song by having them tap the correct illustration—the numeral 5 with a diamond ring, for example, or a 10 with a picture of a leaping lord, to advance the carol. The illustrations in muted primary colors are enhanced with slight animations: leaves that fall, a partridge that flies, snowflakes that spin, and pipers piping.
After they’ve learned the words, users can sing along with the pleasant-voiced female singer accompanied by piano music using the “singalong” option, or record their own music. As the song is sung, viewers will see a line of lyrics in the karaoke-like scroll at the bottom of the screen. iPad 2 users can also record a video of themselves performing the song. This app will have families and classrooms joining in with gusto.—Henrietta Thornton, Library Journal