Lucky for us and the preschoolers who love her books, Sandra Boynton’s “secret ambition” of becoming a rock star never came to be “realized.” Fortunately, some of that talent has been channeled into musical collaborations with Michael Ford. Together the two have released successful book / CD sets including issued Philadelphia Chickens (2002) and Blue Moo (2008). In this app, Ford sets her Barnyard Dance! to music. Grab a partner and get ready to do-se-do.
Title: Barnyard Dance!
Author: Sandra Boynton
Illustrator: Sandra Boynton
Narrated by: John Stey
Music and Sound by: Michael Ford
Vocals by: John Stey
Developed by: Boynton Moo Media / Loud Crow Interactive, Inc
Platform: iOS, requires 3.2 or later; Android, requires 2.2 or later
Version: iOS 1.1; Android 2.0
Price: $3.99 in both platforms
PreS-K-“Trot with the turkey. Leap with the frog. Take another spin with the barnyard dog.” There’s fun to be had on every page of this classic board book title, put to the tune of jaunty banjo music. Dancing, prancing, and promenading two-by-two across the screen, these farmyard animals are having a grand time—and so will viewers.
The app opens to a view of a table covered with a red-and-white checked cloth; resting on it is a violin, banjo, a copy of Barnyard Dance! (Workman, 1993), and a plush Boynton toy sheep. From this screen viewers can choose to have the “the big guy” (John Stey) read the story or select read it on their own, adjust the volume, and view the credits.
Words are highlighted as they are read and voiced again when tapped. Each page offers some amusing activity; touching the creatures causes them to twirl, skitter, slide, bow, swing, or scramble about (as they introduce readers to some new vocabulary). There are sound effects galore: quacks, clucks, cheeps and squeaks. “With a BAA and a MOO and a COCKADOODLEDOO,” everybody will be hotfooting it to an online shop to purchase this lively production.—Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, NY