Leap's Big Day is a My First LeapPad book that does not require a cartridge and belongs to the Discovery section of the My First LeapPad library. It has two sides - a story side about Leap trying to retrieve his kite back and the other side with learning activities with Leap, Lily, Tad and the rest of Alphaville.
The narrator of this no-cartridge-book is Christiane Crawford in both the story and the activity sides, while Julie Stevens directs some of the games, mostly the English and Spanish bilingual games in the 2004 re-release and narrates one new line in a new page of the book, as well as narration for the Alphabet Bus page after the Green GO circle is pressed. Morwenna Banks narrates the UK version.
- Offscreen Narration (VA: Julie Stevens (one new page in book, as well as Alphabet Bus page narration); Christiane Crawford (most pages in activity side, and all pages in story side))
- Mrs. Frog
- Mr. Frog
STORY: The Tale of Leap’s Lost Kite
Leap loses his favorite kite while playing outside. It's a daylong chase for our boy frog to catch his silly kite!
He takes many transportation devices - train, sailboat, airplane, hot air balloon, and finally, returning home on a bus in his pursuit.
After he found his kite, all his friends congratulate him and he went home to tell the whole story about it over again to his family.
TITLE: Alphaville Learning Activities
Play and learn along with Leap, Lily, Tad and their friends in Alphaville as you learn the alphabet, phonics, numbers, counting, shapes, colors, sound recognition, occupational jobs, the body, and music and instruments! Join in the learning fun!
The Activity Side Teaches...
- Early math
- Shapes and colors
- Music and instruments
- Sound identification
- Parts of the body
Leap drives his friends Della and Casey on the bus while they learn the alphabet.
- Leap sits in the driver's seat.
- Della sits in the second row.
- Casey sits in the back row.
If you touch any one of the three characters on the bus, he/she recites a rhyming phrase.
- Sing Along with Letters (for the Learn and Sing-Along Mode)
- We Love the Sounds that Letters Make (for the Phonics Game Mode)
- There are So Many Letters on the Bus (for the Letters Game Mode)
Letter Song (Learn mode)
When the pen touches a letter, the female singer (Christiane Crawford) sings about the letter set to the tune of The Farmer In the Dell. The vowels and the consonants C, G and Y have two sounds in the song (e.g. G = "guh" and "juh"); however, most consonants only have one.
Here is an example, using the letter A:
Crawford: A says "aye",
And a says "ah".
Touch the letter, hear the sound!
A says "aye" and "ah"!
Farmer Leap visits different animals on the barnyard.
The different animals are:
- 1 cow
- 2 dogs
- 3 pigs
- 4 cats
- 5 ducks
Shapes and Colors
The Frog Children drive different shape-like cars.
- Leap drives a yellow square car.
- Lily drives a red triangle car.
- Tad drives a purple circle car.
- Purple Square
- Blue Star
- Yellow Triangle
- Blue Diamond
- Red Circle
- If You're Happy and You Know It (Shapes Remix)
Tad and Lily find different objects and hear everyday silly sounds.
The Paper Piano
The piano is a musical keyboard made of paper. It follows the same as the original LeapPad does.
- The Whole Band
What Will I Be Today?
Leap wants to be various occupations while thinking about the following 3 suggestions in this list.
- mailman (postman in UK English)
Parts of the Body
In Casey's own page labeling the parts of the body, the player can play a game to identify body parts with Casey, or make up a twisted rendition of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" when you touch the music note icon.
Count and Sing Express
Leap, Della, Casey and Dan ride the train - and count and play music in the musical, mathematical train.
Note that this is based off the 2000 toy of the page's same name, except that the girls switch different seats. Della sits on the 2nd seat behind Leap and in front of Casey on 3rd seat, who gets to sit in front of Dan. Also, the numbers 2 and 7 are orange instead of yellow, and the numbers 3 and 8 are in yellow instead of purple.
Characters with Instruments
- Leap (saxophone)
- Della (flute)
- Casey (guitar)
- Dan (drum)
A lily pad icon is at the bottom of a page to play a game.
A musical note icon is at the bottom of the page to sing a song while playing a game.
In Other Languages/International
|Language||Titles in That Language||Literally Translated As:|
|English (original)||Leap's Big Day||NONE|
|French||La Journeé Extraordinaire de Flop||Leap's Extraordinary Journey|
- The UK dub version was released in 2003, and is the same, but includes a few differences/changes:
- The VAs are a British cast.
- The “Alphabet Bus” page was scrapped out.
- The word “mailman” was replaced by a similar word, “postman”.
- Its version even required a cartridge for it.
- This is the very last product to have Zachary Schuman voice Leap. He gets replaced by Pamela Adlon Segall in 2002, due to Schuman hitting puberty.
- This is the last product to have Kelsey Lally play the voice of Lily.
- It is also the only book to have Danny Walker do both the dialogue and singing for Tad, and he would continue to do only the singing for him in the following year-2003. Walker was replaced by Nicole Rapp in 2002.
- It is the first book to have Angelina Marriott voice Della, after Isabella Marriott left the company and hit puberty.
- It is also the first time that actress Kether Donohue plays the voice of Casey and actor Ted Lewis plays the voice of Dan.
- This game will play automatically if a not capable cartridge is placed into the My First LeapPad.
- In the book’s underscore, which was accordingly called the Leap's Big Day Suite, it is presumably said that composers Jeanne Parson and Judy Munsen want some traditional songs to fit for the pages of the book.
- The "Alphabet Bus" and "Count and Sing Express" pages are based off on the following 2 toys, Fun and Learn Phonics Bus (the toy was released later in 2002) and Count and Sing Express (the 2000 toy with the same name).
- In the Alphabet Bus page, there are a few differences in this page:
- There are actually going to be 4 characters, but only 3 are on the bus.
- There is also an offscreen gentleman for the song "Sing Along with Letters".
- The consonants are yellow, green, purple and blue, and all of the vowels are colored in red.
- The music game in the page Shapes and Colors encourages the player to "sing a happy song". Its song set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It", which has lyrics loosely based on the song, asks him/her to find a specific shape based on the lyrics as sung by a male singer (e.g. "If you're happy and you know it, touch a STAR!"). There is also an instrumental version of this song for its page's background score.
- The Paper Piano would have the flute to be the fourth instrument tone, but was replaced by the whole band (trumpet/piano/clarinet).
- The Count and Sing Express page is based on the 2000 toy of its same name, however, the names introduced are eliminated and each of the passenger's phrases use "play" instead of "love" (e.g. Leap says "I play the saxophone..." and then he plays it to him/her, demonstrating its sound).
- The boys' voices have slight changes.
- Leap's voice gets half a notch down and is a little bit older than usual in this book.
- Dan's Western accent starts to fade a bit when actor Ted Lewis did him.
- Parker's voice gets one notch lower and sounds older than the other boys.
- Tim's voice stays the same, just like in the original LeapPad series.
- Tad's voice gets a little more higher and sounds more like a three-year-old child.
- The girls' voices have slight changes.
- Della's voice is younger and half a notch higher than in the original LeapPad book series.
- Casey's voice is a little bit older than she sounds in the original LeapPad book series.
- Lily's voice gets a little higher-pitched and seems to be younger, matching her age, than do the original LeapPad book series.
- According to the French version, it belongs to the Discovery section of the My First LeapPad library (even the LeapFrog fans declare that, too).
- Each LeapFrog player has a "battery" announcement when the player runs out of batteries. The narrator (which in this case, it's Christiane Crawford) says it this way:
- "It is time to change your batteries. You need 4 Double 'A' batteries".
The Voice Talents Of
Zachary Schuman: Leap
Kelsey Lally: Lily
Daniel Lee Walker: Tad
Christiane Crawford: Mom
Michael Mendelsohn: Dad / "If You're Happy And You Know It (Shapes Remix)" singer
Kether Donohue: Casey
Angelina Marriott: Della
Ted Lewis: Dan / Leap's Kite
Richard "Andy" Fruchterman: Tim
Peter Kappen: Parker
Charles Martinet: "Silly Sounds" rapper
Steve Marvel: "Sing Along with Letters" singer
British-English Voice Talents
Susan Sheridan: Leap
Emma Tate: Lily / Mom
Harrison Oldroyd: Tad
David Bamber: Dad
Jeff Rawle: Dan
Julia Moss: Della
Mae Wright: Casey
George Woolford: Tim
Theo Smith: Parker
Additional Voices (British-English Version)
Julie Stevens (story side)
Christiane Crawford (activity side)
Morwenna Banks (British-English version)
Character Voice Direction
Julie Stevens (USA)
David Peacock (UK)
Instrument Sound Clips for the Count and Sing Express page composed by
Songs written by and arranged by
Music and Sounds (c) 2001 LeapFrog Enterprises and Rounder Records, inc.
(p) and (c) 2001 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.