This simple yet substantive story gives toddlers a valuable primer on color and music.
The story begins with seven little characters—they look like peas—snuggled in bed. Each one represents both a color in the rainbow and a note on the heptatonic scale. Tapping each colorful sphere produces a cheery note, with the exception of Red, who honks instead of dinging, as it’s feeling under the weather. “Don’t worry Red / we will color for you,” says Orange, as all of the other colors tumble out the door. Each subsequent screen finds the beadlike characters hard at work to color things that correspond to their particular hues. But each one also picks up the slack for Red, who is home sick. Blue colors the sea and the sky, for example, but it also tints a fire truck—blue. Little fingers help bring the colors to life by tapping on the named elements; each one dings except the incorrectly colored item, which produces a noise that might be what a question mark sounds like. When Red starts feeling better, it learns that all of its items are the wrong color. Tapping the miscolored items returns them to their proper color, and as night approaches, the dots head back to bed. Available in English (with either American or British spellings), French, Spanish and Hungarian.
A solid and satisfying offering on all fronts. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)