Reviewed by Alison
Five Little Monkey’s Collection 1 is a collection of five stories featuring the monkeys by Oceanhouse Media. The app features a read it to me, read it to myself and autoplay option. We used it on the “read it to me” mode which highlights the individual words as they are read. The universal app includes the following titles listed below.
Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the bed which is one of my favorites in the collection. After getting ready for bed they monkey’s get into mischief and start jumping on the bed. One by one they bump their heads and Mama calls the doctor for advice. I would have loved for the doctor to have a different voice from the narrator as this is our favorite phrase throughout.
Five Little Monkey’s Wash the Car is a universal app from Oceanhouse Media is the tale of our favorite little monkey’s and a “rickety, rattletrap wreck of a car” which is constantly breaking down. Mama decides she’s ready to sell the car “cheap” while the monkey’s decide to clean up the car for sale. The monkey’s decide that they should wash the car and scrub and wash and paint until it is sparkling clean. Unfortunately, the monkey’s make a bad decision while trying to increase visibility for the sale sign and the car ends up in the swamp. The monkey’s get lucky and are able to sell the car to some crocodiles. Full review
Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake by OceanHouse Media is a universal app featuring five little monkey’s who want to surprise Mama on her birthday with a cake since she is still sleeping. It is a cute story which involves the use of recipes and measuring as the monkeys try hard to be quiet while cooking. A few complications ensue when using the oven, and some unexpected visitors arrive. In the end, the cake is made and Mama is woken, only to find out that her birthday isn’t until the next day! Full review
Five Little Monkey’s with Nothing To Do is the tale of our favorite monkey’s who have just finished school. Mama asks them to pick up their room, scrub the bathroom, beat the dirt out of rugs, pick berries by the swamp which proves to be a messy task. When Grandma Bessie arrives despite their best intentions the house is muddy and dirty from the swamp.
Five Little Monkey’s Sitting in the Tree is about the five little monkey’s who are going to have a picnic. The monkeys decide to tease Mr Crocodile who responds by snapping at them. The monkey’s keep teasing until each one of them falls into the water after the “snap”. They hide back in the tree and reunite with Mama who scolds them not to tease a Crocodile. They enjoy their picnic supper and make a peace offering to him.
This is a beautifully illustrated collection of stories with narration, touchable pictures which name themselves and three ways to read. Parents can turn off messages by clicking the i button which turns off news in the app. They can also access the OHM site. I’d like to see this as part of a double tap so kids can’t get in accidentally.
Category: Kid’s Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1 or later
Cost: $11.99 US (75.1MB)
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