Jazzy World Tour is a delightful exploration of music around the world, including the same characters and watercolor stylings as seen in the earlier companion app, A Jazzy Day.
This app opens up with different countries marked with a flag on a world map. Tap to select a flag to explore the related country.
Three sections are included, specifically Learn, Play, and Create.
In Learn, readers will be taken to the country in question, allowing them to read a nicely written section which includes an overview of each area, such as a specific city of note, language spoken and other basic information about geography and culture.
A wonderful variety of instruments as well as animals native to each country are also included. Tap to hear each name, be it of animal or instrument, spoken by a narrator, as well as hear the related sounds, be it creature or musical. Other important items of each country are also represented.
The Play section of this app allows one to tap the animals one has learned about in order to trigger their playing of the instruments – a cute section children will enjoy, complete with slight animations.
Create works much like a sticker book, allowing children to drag animals, instruments and other objects onto the page complete with a country-specific landscape, but this app also adds mild animated elements as well as musical sound effects among these stickers, allowing the animals to play their instruments so that there is a video including these stickers being dragged around the screen during the recording. Save videos as well as photos in the section My Travel Book to view later.
Adults will appreciate the sophisticated instruments included, such as the Oud from Egypt, Agogo from Brazil, Cajon from Spain or Sarangi from India, allowing children to hear instruments they may not typically have the chance to hear played.
I also enjoy the bright and colorful illustrations with marbled watercolor details – a nice touch. It would be nice, however, for the full paragraphs of text to be narrated as well – not just the title word – allowing children to get full use out of the app when spending alone time with the iPad.
Even with this note, parents will be happy to read the many thoughtful facts included within Jazzy World Tour.