Mother Goose Interactive Nursery Rhymes

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful art, but flaws might ruffle fans' feathers.

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Ease of Play

The app is very easy to navigate -- and bonus animations are clearly marked.

Violence & Scariness

Mother Goose's fairy tales are well known, but do include references to cutting off mice tails and Humpty Dumpty's unfortunate (and fatal) tumble off of the wall.

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A link on the information screen takes users to the developer's app store page, where they can buy more products from the company.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mother Goose Interactive Nursery Rhymes is a lushly illustrated collection of 10 of the beloved classic children's stories. In addition to reading the rhymes to kids, it offers a collection of other activities, including a Humpty Dumpty puzzle, free-form coloring, and animations to showcase elements of the stories.

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Is it any good?

Mother Goose Interactive Nursery Rhymes strives hard to bring the joy and magic of the classic children's tales to life, but misfires on a few key points. While the art and illustration are gorgeous, the app only tackles a small number of nursery rhymes -- certainly not enough to justify the price. Worse, the narration of the rhymes often doesn't match the words onscreen, which will be unhelpful to kids who are trying to learn to read via the app. (For example, in "Three Blind Mice," the text reads "they all ran after the farmer's wife, who cut off their tails with a carving knife," but the narrator skips the word "off".) The extras -- a puzzle and a freeform art pad -- are fine, but are done better elsewhere for less.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: July 14, 2010
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Logic Consulting LLC
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2 or later

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