Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do is the new ebook version of the classic kids story from Eileen Christelow. This version is released by OceanHouseMedia, a company known for educational apps and ebooks for children.
Like most ebooks derived from classic print books, Five Monkeys with Nothing to Do mirrors the original sketches. But this book really excels on the Ipad because it appears in vivid color, and features several artistic graphic inlays, like the one shown here to the right.
Once you enter the app, you are greeted with the title menu, which gives you three choices:
- Read to Me - the app will read the book aloud to you, and you can turn the pages when you are ready to proceed.
- Read it Myself - The book shows the words on screen, but no audio is offered, you read the book aloud or quietly to yourself.
- Auto Play - the book not only reads the words on screen, but turns the pages for you automatically.
This feature is the real charm of the OceanHouse Media ebooks, and a reason so many authors are choosing the company to reprint classic kids works.
The read to me feature progresses through the book and the iPad's speakers speak out the words, which are highlighted as they are read. This allows your child to easily follow along, and to learn the words as she hears them.
The read it myself feature still shows the words on the page, and the illustrations, but allows your child to read the book and turn the page when they are ready.