Peter, Paul and Mary’s “The Night Before Christmas” is a lovely universal re-telling of the classic Clement C. Moore tale of the same name, lovingly narrated by Mary Travers in her last performance before passing.

Music and harmonizing from the group can be heard both during Mary’s narration as well as if one reads and records this app oneself. The music and sounds can also be muted individually, a nice touch, as is the choice of auto play during the included narration, allowing the youngest of children to sit back and relax without having to turn pages.

Another aspect that I appreciate is the tab found on the side of this app that can be pulled out to read the text along with the narration – a very nice way of including the words of this story as an option for children without taking away from the perfect artwork.

Illustrated by celebrated French artist Eric Puybaret, the included paintings are beautiful to look at, rich with deep, vibrant colors that make this app really quite special. Subtle yet effective interactions are included that add richness without being too distracting and are thoughtfully highlighted to be found easily – a nice touch.

Peter, Paul and Mary’s “The Night Before Christmas” will be enjoyed by children as well as adults alike. The music, as one can imagine, is of the highest quality, as are the narration and included paintings. For any family looking for an adaptation of this classic story for iPad or iPhone, this is a very good choice.

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