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A revolution in poetry for the iPad is here! A Word's a Bird, Spring Flies By in Rhymes, is a brand new interactive bilingual poetry app that appeals to children and adults alike, whether French- or English-speaking. It’s a great language-learning tool, with interactive glossaries that include touch-activated sounds, making the rhymed metaphors accessible to even the youngest readers.

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The app is candy for the eyes, boasting hundreds of hand-painted watercolors by Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie that are then beautifully animated.

I caught up with Jeanne on my way to the 42nd Annual Summer Conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators in LA. (Only two more days!) I asked her to tell us all about her process of going from a traditional art form to a state-of-the-art one. I will be sharing what I learned from her during my Sunday and Monday presentations with Julie Hedlund.

In the meantime, here's a Sneak Peek just for you, dear reader. Enjoy! And feel free to pass the juicy goodness on. We all have much to learn from Jeanne!!

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