A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a storybook version of the classic children's song. The story doesn't deviate from the song, but adds well-done illustrations and humor to the story without taking too many liberties. Users can have the story read to them via a narrated version, can read it themselves, or have the book read and pages turned automatically (essentially a movie-like presentation of the book). Words are highlighted as the narrator reads them, and children can touch anything on screen and have it identified. The app does aggressively promote other books, however, which could run up the bill for parents.
Is it any good?
While it might be a little jarring to hear Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed presented as a story rather than a song, Oceanhouse Media (and author/illustrator Eileen Christelow) pulls it off. Children will love seeing the song presented with quality artwork and the pages pan and zoom to help bring the story to life. The app also is a good learning tool, offering a variety of ways for users to experience it and utilizing picture/word association to help teach children (words zoom and are spoken when an item is touched onscreen). The story's simplistic, and older kids might get bored quickly, but young children will be captivated.
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