Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Those mischievous monkeys are back with new reading app.

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Ease of Play

This storybook app is very intuitive and allows kids to discover things by tapping any part of the screen. The three options for reading make this app a good choice for different reading levels. Basic instructions on using the app are also included.

Violence & Scariness

The crocodile in the story snaps at the monkeys, but none of them are harmed.

Sexy Stuff

An icon on the title screen brings up a list of dozens of other apps by
the publisher; tapping one of the apps will take you to the iTunes
app store. Another icon leads to a link to the publisher's website.
Also, if the News setting is turned on, advertising for other apps from
the publisher can show up in the corner of the main screen and as pop-up
screens when the app has just been started.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree is a storybook app that follows the formula of other Five Little Monkeys stories. One by one, the monkeys proceed to get into trouble, then at the end of the book they all get reprimanded by their mother. There are three options for using this app: Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Autoplay. In Read to Me, a narrator reads the text on each page, highlighting the words as it goes along. Kids can tap on anything on the page, including the words or parts of the drawing, and the narrator will say the word out loud as well as show it. Read it Myself has all the same features and functionality as Read to Me, except that the words aren't read aloud automatically. Autoplay will both read the story and turn the pages automatically. Kids can tap things in the picture, but they can't tap the words that are being read. The illustrations in the book do not animate.

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Is it any good?

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS SITTING IN A TREE is a fun storybook app for young kids about the five little monkeys made famous from the song about jumping on the bed. This time, they are harassing a crocodile from atop a tree limb suspended over a river. Monkey shenanigans aside, the app allows kids to practice their reading, and to interact with the story. In the background there are music and sounds appropriate to the story that add richness to the app. In Autoplay, the narrator pauses for a moment after she is done reading before the page gets turned, to allow kids to tap on the page or look at the drawings.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: May 3, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Oceanhouse Media
  • Version: 1.08
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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