Ok! I just got the If Poems App recently in the iTunes App Store, and it is both cool and delightful! You can read poems, listen to a selection of the poems being read professionally to you – including some by Helena Bonham Carter! and also some by Tom Hiddleston! – AND some you can even read aloud, record in your own voice, AND email to friends and family (these would be public domain ones).
(Should you have an iDevice (iPod/iPhone/iPad, etc.) and are a lover of poetry, please do note that the app is not universal, here meaning that if you purchase it for your iPod/iPhone, and you happen to also have an iPad, you cannot just download it to your iPad, but must purchase the iPad version separately.)
Ok! After I listened to Bill Nighey read “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll, I decided to have some fun with the kids and put a playful, silly twist on the same poem. So I threw on a Scottish accent with a bit of a crusty character feeling, and read it aloud to the kids who, I found, both enjoyed it and were embarrassed by it, depending on the age of the child, and some, a measure of both (enjoying it but not wanting to admit it to me;D). And if they listened to the end, they were rewarded with a surprise mashup of the last three pages of the Berenstain Bears’ The B Book, in which the group bumped into Black Bug’s Banana Boxes (a great book for alliteration!), which broke Baby Bird’s Balloon.
Now, be gentle with me, dear reader(s – hope springs eternal), as clearly, the embedded recording shares that I can benefit from both a voice and language coach, here:
Edit: I forgot to mention that I think this app would also make an ideal gift for children to send to their parents, siblings, extended family, and friends – imagine a parent helping their child to record themselves reading one of these poems aloud to send as a gift for a dear aunt or uncle – and to listen to poetry being read aloud professionally, as it’s very different from reading prose – what a wonderful, wonderful gift! And really, it doesn’t have to be only children reading – anyone can do this, and who wouldn’t enjoy receiving something like that? All relationships can be enriched by poetry, and we can all use poetry in our lives – I’m putting mine on an mp3 to enjoy the pleasure of hearing it whenever I want:)