I love books. I always have. My love of books started when I was a child. In fact I still have many of my childhood favorite books – the same ones I enjoyed as a child. I have kept them all these years. I have even kept many of my children’s favorites too in hopes that some day they can pass on their love for those books to their children.
I would rather have an actual book then an e-book, but I do understand and appreciate the value of e-books (or “iBooks”). Rather than lug around books where ever you go you can keep an assortment of books on hand at anytime and enjoy them on your tablet or smartphone.
I think e-books/iBooks are great for children too. You can make them available to children whenever you want and where ever you are. You children can enjoy books on the go. Anything that helps to foster a love of reading I’m all for.
There is a new iBook and app that is launching today (October 22, 2014) that is not only super adorable, but it’s educational too.
The iBook and app are called Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo.
I have not heard of Jesse the Jack until now. He’s a real dog! He’s a super cute multi-color Jack Russell Terrier who is super talented. He can walk doing a handstand, pop balloons, skateboard, ride a rocking horse and even put dishes in the dishwasher. My teenage kids can’t even do that. LOL!
Jesse has appeared on many television shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, The Rachael Ray Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, Disney and VH1 and more!
Now Jesse the Jack can put something else on his resume – teaching kids their ABC’s.
Jesse the Jack’s new iBooks and interactive app feature narration, animation and video to help children (ages 2-6) learn their alphabet in a fun and creative way. When it’s fun children don’t even realize they are learning. I also personally feel that children learn better when it’s fun for them.
Here is a little more information about the iBook and application.
Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo illustrates the full alphabet, pairing letters with animals and colors to help children learn through association. The storyline follows Jesse’s adventure through the zoo, which he discovers while he’s asleep. The app has two modes: story and play. As parents and children follow Jesse in story mode, they are taken on an interactive journey with real-life animal sounds and facts. Soothing yet upbeat music produced by popular street performer Dub FX keeps children focused and entertained.
Play mode teaches the alphabet and each animal’s name through a “fill in the shape” game. Animals and letters are randomized, and players must match each animal with the right letter. Correct answers are rewarded with Jesse tricks and treats, while wrong answers receive another try until the child selects the correct option. For every two Jesse treats earned, children will be directed to a link to watch Jesse perform tricks – from driving an ATV to riding a scooter.
“Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo brings excitement and interactivity to learning the alphabet. Through beautiful graphics, animation and illustrations, kids learn while having fun,” said Rob Keim, founder and CEO of Best Buddies Learning. “We wanted to create a game that teaches through positive reinforcement, the same way Jesse learns his tricks.”
Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo is an iBook and app that teaches children the alphabet in a new and creative way. Using eye-catching animation and well-known Jack Russell Terrier, Jesse the Jack, ABC Zoo illustrates the full alphabet and pairs letters with animals and colors to assist with association and learning. The storyline involves Jesse’s real world and the world of learning he creates when he falls asleep.
Best Buddies Learning teaches through positive reinforcement, the same way its star, Jesse the Jack, is rewarded!
I haven’t had a chance to check out the iBook or app yet, but it does sound super cute. Judging by the images I think children (and parents) will quickly fall in love with Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more iBooks and apps form Jesse the Jack in the future.
Here are some more details about the iBook and app features;
Narration: The iBook has touch narration that allows children to replay any words or sentences they need help with reading or pronouncing. Narration is both soothing and positive and can be turned on/off.
Two modes: The app has two modes: story and play. Story mode involves various animations and illustrations, and has real animal sounds to allow children to learn and identify the correct sound of the animal. Play modes gives children a “fill in the shape” game where they have to match the animal and letter to its corresponding silhouette.
Positive reinforcement: Correct answers are rewarded with “Jesse treats.” For every two Jesse treats earned, children will be directed to a page of 12 different Jesse tricks – from Jesse driving an ATV to Jesse riding a scooter.
Music: Street performer Dub FX and his wife, Flower Fairy, produced soothing yet upbeat music for the app that is heard in both story and play modes.
Jesse Tricks: Video of Jesse performing tricks is showcased throughout.
Eye-catching graphics: Sharp colors are used in the animations and illustrations to assist with holding children’s attention and focus as well as inspiring creativity.
The iBook and app is available as of today for iOS. An Android version will be coming soon.
The iBook will be available for $.99 and the app for $1.99.
If you would like to learn more about this fun iBook and app visit Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo on iTunes.
Be sure to check out Jesse the Jack’s YouTube channel too!
What do you think about Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo? Does it sound like a fun interactive iBook and app that your child or grandchild would enjoy? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.