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When my kids were growing up in the 90’s there was a host of ethnic reading software that I used to help them learn to read. Unfortunately, that software never made it past windows 3.1 and just disappeared.

Alicia Keys, however, has released a new animated app for children, titled The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee – a partnership with Bento Box Interactive.

It features the relationship between a grandmother, based on Keys’ own Nana, and her granddaughter, based on Keys. The app is set in LeeLee’s bedroom, where users can “sit” at her desk to journal and draw as well as play the virtual piano. On LeeLee’s bookshelf there’s a story, Blue Moon, with an original song by Keys, “Follow the Moon.”

“The amazing part of this is it’s completely inter-generational,” Keys tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s about a daughter and her grandmother. It’s something that a mother and child can experience together, siblings can experience together, something that a grandmother and a grandchild can experience together. My mother and (2-year-old son) Egypt would definitely go through the story and play the games … and write in the journals and draw pictures.”

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