Edward Lear’s Poetry for Kids Comes to Mobile Platforms

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The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo: Developer Corky Portwine releases new children’s app for smartphones and tablets.

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The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo

Using the latest in mobile app-development technology, Corky Portwine turns Lear’s classic poem into a colorful, interactive experience.

Developer Corky Portwine is thrilled to announce the release of their newest mobile app for children, ‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo,’ an interactive picture book now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire and NOOK tablets.

A charming tale of love set on the exotic Coast of Coromandel, ‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo’ follows a lone hermit as he attempts to marry the beautiful Lady Jingly Jones. Originally published in 1877, ‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo’ is one of children’s writer Edward Lear’s most cherished pieces of verse. Using the latest in mobile app-development technology, Corky Portwine turns Lear’s classic poem into a colorful, interactive experience.

Young readers will be delighted by more than twenty pages of cartoon-like illustrations. Forests, beaches and oceans are rendered in hand-drawn artwork and brilliant colors. The fully-voiced app contains dozens of animated images, like rolling waves, jumping dolphins, flapping chickens, flying pelicans, running lizards and more. Nearly 50 animals and objects move and produce funny sounds when tapped, offering engaging interactivity for young readers.

“I am incredibly proud of the work done on this app,” says Corky Portwine founder Sam Tannen. “‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo’ is my personal favorite poem. Bringing it to a new generation of readers is a both joy and a privilege!”

‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo’ is available for download through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android and Barnes & Noble.

About Corky Portwine
Founded in 2011, Corky Portwine (http://www.corkyportwine.com) is a Los Angeles-based developer of mobile applications. Corky Portwine’s mission is to create quality interactive art and entertainment for children. “We believe visual art, poetry and music are fundamental to childhood development,” says founder Sam Tannen. Other Corky Portwine apps include ‘The Magic Chicken’ and ‘Happy Love.’

About Edward Lear
Along with Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear is one of the most celebrated authors of Victorian-era poetry for children. The writer of such poems as ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘The Scroobious Pip,’ Lear began his artistic career as an ornithological illustrator. At age 19 he released a highly-regarded collection of parrott illustrations. He later spent much of his life traveling the world as a landscape painter. Today Lear is best remembered for his “nonsense” poetry and the accompanying illustrations.

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