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A Word's a Bird

By Syntonie

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


A Word’s a Bird, Spring Flies By In Rhymes is a poetry app that enchants children and adults, uniquely fusing hundreds of hand-painted watercolors with digital technology.

In this spring bouquet of 3 animated and interactive poems, plus a title poem, nature blooms in words and pictures:

◆ compose a melody on the flowering shoots of April and watch the ducklings sing it back to you
◆ open the peonies that bloom in May and discover surprises inside
◆ put wind in the sail of the June honeymoon boat as it carries a young couple across a pond
◆ touch the red cardinal that flies through these scenes and hear him sing!

Even the youngest readers and listeners will understand the rhymed metaphors. They will see, by playing with the pictures, how a flower can make a comfortable room for a bee or a flowering shoot becomes a flute.

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◆ read, listen and play with pictures and words, in English and French
◆ consult the interactive glossaries to understand words and poetic images
◆ at the touch of a finger, spring blossoms on your iPad!

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AUTHOR ◇ Orel Protopopescu
ILLUSTRATOR ◇ Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie
EDITOR ◇ Syntonie, the editorial imprint of Actialuna

with the mellow voice of Kenny Mann

What's New in Version 1.0.1

Minor bugs fixes

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic Art and Poetry,a Rare Combination for the Ipad

Wow! This amazing, bilingual app has illustrations in rare, hand-painted animated watercolor! The poems are short, but sophisticated. As a language teacher, I was impressed by the quality of the rhymes and images in both languages. It's hard to tell which is the original language, both work so well. The touch-activated glossaries, in English and French, not only give meanings, but explain the rhymed metaphors. My grandchildren are not old enough to read yet, but they can understand the English glossary, which comes with optional sound. They had fun making up tunes on the flowering shoots in the April poem ("a shoot's a flute") and waiting for the ducklings to sing them back, note for note. They loved opening and closing the gorgeous peonies of May to see the bees inside, as well as touching the boat to fill the sail with wind in the June poem. This is an app children and adults can enjoy, even if they don't know a word of French. The pictures go so well with the poems, they help even the youngest children to understand them. Both female narrators have lovely voices, too.

A Word's a Bird

I fell in love with this app. It's lyrical in every sense and the voices of both the French and English speakers are sounds to cherish. Nothing is rushed, no feeling of getting bumped about, just moving within a pleasant experience while switching between languages. There's a fine balance happening between the poems, the animated illustrations (fabulous art work), and the narrators that children seem to pick up on. We used it for a French child learning English and an English teen learning French. The glossary is appreciated and provides an additional layer to the understanding of words. The simplicity of the poems allows kids to focus on learning what's in front of them, giving them a strong sense of use of language and all its cadences.


Excellent app with beautiful images. This is high quality. I love reading the poems in English AND French!

A Word's a Bird
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  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 460 MB
  • Languages: English, French
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi‑Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular.

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