Curious George Goes Camping by i Read With

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Excellent shared-reading app features mischievous monkey.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn reading strategies that will help them grow as lifelong readers, and parents can pick up on strategies to help budding readers develop. Kids will develop critical-thinking and reading-comprehension skills through the Read & Talk section. They'll learn vocabulary words with the Living Words, and they'll express themselves creatively with the Puppet Theater. It can also be used with kids learning French or Spanish, helping them develop vocabulary and fluency. Curious George Goes Camping by i Read With is an impressive, effective reading tool for parents and kids to enjoy together.

Ease of Play

Kids can read along as the story is read aloud, tapping the colored words to activate animations. Kids must tap the arrow to advance pages. A video tour walks parents through the dialogic reading method used in the interactive book.

Violence & Scariness

George gets lost in the forest and puts out a forest fire with a bucket of water. 

Sexy Stuff

Another Curious George interactive book by i Read With is linked on the start page, accessible by holding the continue button for a specified number of seconds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious George Goes Camping by i read with is an interactive book that uses the dialogic method for read-alouds that engages kids in commenting, questioning, and making predictions about what they're reading. It's highly customizable, allowing parents to choose from three reading levels and three languages (English, French, and Spanish) as well as to record their own voices saying "living words," the vocabulary words included in the book. As for the story, it's typical George, and parents may want to remind kids, just as the television show does, that "George is a monkey, and he can do things that you can't do." In the case of Curious George Goes Camping, that'd be wandering the forest alone and putting out a wildfire with no help from adults or firefighters.

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What's it about?

In CURIOUS GEORGE GOES CAMPING BY I READ WITH, George goes on a camping trip, learning to put up a tent and seeing animals. His curiosity gets the best of him, and he wanders into the forest where he's sprayed by a skunk. Climbing a tree to escape the stench, he sees a forest fire and uses his bucket to gather water and put out the fire. After reading the story, kids can use the puppet theater to retell the story. They can hear the story read aloud or read and discuss with a parent, using questions and prompts.

Is it any good?

The story is classic Curious George with the fun antics and familiar illustrations that kids and parents love. Curious George Goes Camping by i Read With manages to put the resources of master reading teachers into parents' hands in an easy-to-follow format. The living words are adorable illustrations that show kids what the word is -- the word "puppy" morphs into a puppy when tapped -- and kids or parents can record themselves saying the words, which will be repeated when tapped. The language and reading levels are totally customizable, and the "Read & Talk" section leads parents through discussing the story with kids by giving them questions to ask to help kids read critically, advancing from comprehension questions to evaluation questions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fire safety. What should kids do if they discover a small fire? Talk about why it's important to make sure campfires are fully extinguished.

  • Use the questions in the "Read & Talk" section and add questions of your own based on your family's experiences.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, letter or word recognition, reading, reading comprehension, storytelling, using supporting evidence, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, deduction, thinking critically
    Creativity: imagination, producing new content
    Communication: asking questions, listening
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: August 8, 2014
  • Category: Books
  • Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Wild Animals
  • Size: 72.60 MB
  • Publisher: Tribal Nova
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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