Near the jungle floor, one giggly gorilla sits on a branch longing for a banana. As he swings higher and higher in search of bananas, he meets more gorillas. This delightful story introduces kids to the gorillas and gives them a chance to interact with them. As kids move through the trees with the gorillas, they’ll practice basic skills such as counting and number recognition. They’ll also learn to follow directions as they try to reach the bananas at the top of the tree.
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Overall, One Giggly Gorilla is a quality interactive story for kids. The text appears at the bottom of each screen and the narration is clear. Kids can tap on a leaf to turn the narration on or off depending on their needs. Other leaf icons allow kids to go back to the main page or to read the text on the page again. Words are also highlighted as the story is read. A few parts in the story contain missing or misplaced punctuation marks, but most kids will be so focused on the action on the page that they’re not likely to notice.
An about screen provides kids with a simple explanation of how to move from page to page within the app. Kids simply drag down the gorillas and fling them toward the next branch. Each page provides clear directions on which gorillas to move first.
As kids read through the story they get the opportunity to practice basic skills and learn how to follow directions. Each page contains directions that explain how to fling the gorillas from branch to branch. One one page, kids must fling the gorillas in order from 1-9. On another page, they must fling the gorillas by the color of flower they are holding. These simple instructions require kids to pay careful attention to the story. Because the instructions are given within the actual story, they won’t feel like learning activities to kids.
The story itself is also good for learning. The read to me option features highlighted text so kids can associate the words on the page with the words they hear. A rhyme scheme is also present throughout the story to help hook kids.
Kids will find that flinging the gorillas is a lot of fun. On each page, a new gorilla appears, which means kids can have even more fun. At the end of the story, kids are encouraged to tickle the gorillas and can listen to them laugh with glee. If the gorillas aren’t entertaining enough, kids will also enjoy searching for the hidden toucan on each page.
This app is priced slightly higher than interactive books of a similar length and quality. However, it is such a fun story and kids will want to read it so many times that you’re likely to get a lot value out of it.
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