Sung to the tune of the classic children’s counting song, this app, based on Berkes’s picture book of the same title (2007), is sure to become a favorite of the preschool crowd. In addition to the rainforest setting, this version features outstanding design, vibrant art, realistic sound effects, a supplemental nonfiction text, and a challenging game.
Each page of the rhyming text introduces a jungle animal and a number of offspring from one to ten. Ocelots, honey bears, howler monkeys, leaf cutter ants, and other rainforest animals make an appearance, offering children an opportunity to learn about creatures they may not have encountered before. Taps, swipes, and jiggles to the screen trigger movements and/or additional sound effects.Users can choose to read the story themselves, have it read to them, or listen to it sung. As the words are voiced, the text is highlighted. Those choosing to listen to the song will be treated to the catchy tune that retains the narration’s expressiveness. A touch to the arrow that appears on every page will allow children to hear the text (or song) repeated.
At the end of the story, viewers are invited to find the 55 offspring depicted populating one final, colorful jungle scene. An icon in the shape of a leaf brings users to a menu page from which they can access animal facts and photos; author, illustrator, and publisher information; and other apps by the developer. Over in the Jungle is a feast for the senses. From the authentic background sounds to the deftly crafted polymer clay animals of the images, each page is a delight. This app is perfect for sharing one-on-one or in a story hour.
— School Library Journal – Best of Apps (August 2013)
????? Wow! Interactive and fun…and a challenge!
I loved Over in the Ocean, but this one’s even better, representing a big step forward for Malachi Bazan, the app’s creator. I’m rally amazed at the subtleties in this app. The clay art of the book comes alive and moves with the sounds and music. Dawn Publications has been making beautiful and educational books for a long time, but this new entry into the world of apps is really special. Over in the Jungle has several levels of interaction for young readers. First, there’s a fun song to listen to and learn. It has predictable patterns and the tune will keep emergent readers engaged with the illustrated animals for a long time. You can switch off the song and switch on the reading for another way to connect to the language. More advanced readers may choose to switch off the reading and singing altogether. But the interaction with the animals on each page takes great advantage of the possibilities that an app offers. Young readers will come back to the app over and over, just to touch every animal baby and see what they’ll do! Repeated encounters with the app will give readers a rich literacy experience, over and over. This app is a real winner! Get it.
— iTunes Review – Paulg7 (March 13, 2013)
Our sons’ current mania for wildlife books and TV shows is such that both can identify a three-toed sloth or a meerkat within seconds of it appearing on-screen. Key life skills, we’re sure you’ll agree. Over in the Jungle by Dawn Publications is the latest app likely to fuel their animal interests. It’s a beautifully-illustrated “counting & sing-along book”—the follow-up to last year’s Over in the Ocean.
The app includes a succession of scenes featuring rainforest animals and their babies, accompanied by a catchy song with rhyming lyrics. Children can tap on the animal babies to make them move and/or make a noise, and there are photos and facts to give more information about each species. The app ends with a counting game, and there are no ads, in-app purchases or web links for parents to worry about.
We mentioned the illustrations: they come from artist Jeanette Canyon, who works with polymer clay. Apparently she explains how she does it in the app too, which may spark your children’s interest in having a go in the real world.
— Apps Playground (appsplayground.com) (March 2013)
????? Excellent interactive story app for kids
This app is wonderful. The story is engaging and informational. The kids can read the story or have it read to them. The author evens sings the story and she has a delightful engaging voice. Following the story and activities, the kids can read informational text about animals that were mentioned in the story. I also have Over in the Ocean. That app is perfect for kids also. This app has wonderful illustrations. It is a book that will be read over and over by my second grade students. Thank you for creating this app.
— iTunes Review – Anne W. (March 2013)
????? Awesome, Educational App
This app is great for early learners! The options of singing reading, or the ability for the child to read on their own are great so that the child can progress through the story and have a new experience each time. The illustrations are beautiful and magical as they come to life right in from of your eyes! The follow-up non- fiction information about each animal is great as well so that children can learn even more about each animal featured in the story. This is a truly magical adventure which children will love being a part of!
— iTunes Review – danbruce12 (March 2013)
????? Wild fun!
This is such a fun app! The rhyme is spot on and the illustrations are beautiful. While you read (or it reads to you), the kids can touch the baby animals on the screen to see them scamper, flit, and crawl around. Great jungle sound effects too! At the end of the story there is a page where you can touch the screen to find 55 babies hidden in the picture.
— iTunes Review – pbgirl209 (March 2013)