Learn Your ABCs with the Zoophabets is an interactive alphabet story book that kids ages 2-5 are sure to enjoy. The illustrations are lively and colorful and the Zoophabets themselves are well…they’re quite adorable.
Each letter of the alphabet is presented in the book in both upper and lower case and every page has some movement and animation to keep your child engaged and entertained.
Some of the animations are quite dramatic, like Andrew the Alligator’s arrival on an airplane or Carl the Camel’s trip to Cairo in his car. There are many of these fun, imaginative pages in the book but a few are a bit static and I would have liked to have seen some more animated features.
When a child turns the page in the book, the lowercase letter flies out from behind the “big” letter in a nice smooth animation that emphasizes the association between the upper and lowercase letters. Each letter has a story that demonstrates the phonetics of the letter. For example, for the letter “V” the narrator explains that “Violet the Vulture is a virtuoso on the violin.” The curtains then part and Violet the vulture moves to the center of the stage and plays an interlude on her violin, just before taking a bow.
Kids can touch the “big” letter and hear an adult male voice speak the letter. If they touch the lowercase letter, a girl’s voice recites the letter. Many of the objects on the screen can be touched to hear the object name spoken such as the “pencil” and “paper” used to solve by Parker the Panda to solve a “problem.” Some objects like the ice cream truck and xylophone will play music when touched. When a Zoophabet character is touched the narrator says the letter and the animal, teaching the child that “W is for walrus” or “Z is for zebra.”
The stars of this show are definitely the Zoophabets. It’s not hard to imagine these inventive, delightful characters having a TV show of their own someday. It wasn’t long before my son was explaining to me “that’s Andrew the alligator and that’s Brian the beaver.” The book has received quite a bit of our attention during our iPad bedtime stories and he is starting to recognize some of his letters.
At $1.99 this app is a solid value and looks fantastic on the iPad. Kids will love the cute Zoophabet characters and enjoy the many interactions the app has to offer while teaching them their ABCs. To download the App click here.