In The Wild! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

In The Wild is Oceanhouse Media’s newest Cat in The Hat Learning Library collection yet! It is a perfect set of four books that will get children excited about zoology, just in time for the new school year.

Safari, So Good! is a brand new book and is currently found exclusively with this collection. Children will take a journey deep in the jungles of Africa to learn more about familiar animals like elephants, cheetahs, rhinos. They will also meet unfamiliar ones that may surprise them like the kudu and the sickle horned sable.

If I Ran the Rainforest is an exciting book where children will discover that there are different kinds of rainforests. They will also learn that Read more …

The Lorax - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classic tale about an environmental disaster in a world where a greedy business-person (the Once-ler) cuts down all the Truffula trees to make Thneeds.  The story begins long after the devastation, with a young boy coming to see what has happened, seeking out the Once-ler.  When the boy finds the Once-ler, he settles in for the long tale of the Lorax and his warnings.

As the Once-ler's story unfolds, the effects of each tree being cut down reverberate throughout the environment, with species after species being driven away.  The Lorax himself is a strange little creature that 'speaks for the trees' because 'trees have no tongues'. He sends the Read more …

Auracle – The Trees Grin Beside Me by Auryn, Inc

This is a poem-like story with light interactivity and unique personalization settings. It is told in the first person by a little girl who is exploring a forest. Images depict each of the seasons while the little girl compares her own body to the trees around her, seeing the connectedness of nature.

This book was published first in print in 2010 and features rhyming text by Michelle Macdonald. The trees are depicted with expressive faces that will appeal to kids in the richly colored illustrations by Leah Davis. Users can edit the text of the book to change it or rewrite the story in its entirety, as well as record their own narration. Each page can also be tapped to see Read more …

The Tree I See - Interactive Storybook by Aridan Books, Inc.

"Do you see the tree I see? It's short and small, just like me," begins this sweet rhyming tale by Aridan Books. It is told in the first person by a little boy who befriends a tree and learns a heart-warming lesson in the process. Somewhat reminiscent of The Giving Tree, this short picture book shows a tree that provides shelter and sustenance to many creatures. It has an expressive face and 'arms like you and me' (roots), all personified beautifully with animation.

At first it's just the boy who rests on its trunk, but soon many animal friends join the tree, who was once sad and lonely. A squirrel seeks nuts, several birds a nesting place, and more in this title that is as Read more …

Ranger Rick's Tree House by National Wildlife Federation

Ranger Rick is a tried and true magazine subscription for kids in print (and now in digital). The interactive app includes a free sample issue and subscription service. It is filled with activities, stories and games about wildlife, for kids ages 7-12.

With a well-crafted and intuitive design, Ranger Rick's Treehouse is an interactive version of the traditional magazine that parents and children have come to love. Educational enhancements are thoughtful and relevant for reading comprehension in this lovely new app.

Highly Recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating Read more …

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut HD by Kiwa Media

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut is one of the "Milly, Molly" books based on a popular educational series from New Zealand. These children's books have been published in print since 2000. They are about the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds and often include their multi-cultural friends. The series has the tag line, "We may look different but we feel the same.” See the youtube clip at the bottom of this review to hear the theme song.

The print version of this title, published in 2004, is listed under the topic 'health' and focuses on the girls' friend Maxter and his obsession with TV. His mother wants him to play outside and get exercise, so Milly and Read more …

If I Ran the Rainforest (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with If I Ran the Rainforest: All About Tropical Rain Forests (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2003, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exceptional diversity in the ecology of the rainforest, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of  Read more …

I Can Name 50 Trees Today! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with I Can Name 50 Trees Today! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2006, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exceptional diversity among trees, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and interactivity Read more …

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is another 'Five Monkeys' book from the beloved book series by Eileen Christelow. Like Five Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, this is an adorably illustrated ebook based on a print title published in 2000. When I checked the Amazon.com reviews for the print version I discovered dozens of 5 star reviews - the series is just that good. In digital form, these books are transformed with sound, interactivity and text that highlights as it is read.

In this story, the monkeys are on a picnic with Mama and while she naps, they all climb into a tree and begin taunting a crocodile. One by one, they appear to fall into the river and get eaten with a 'SNAP!' This could be disturbing to both Read more …

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

This is a top notch holiday app from Loud Crow Interactive, makers of the popular PopOut series. This app has a similar format with an assortment of fun additional interactive elements, like helping Linus throw snowballs or getting Charlie Brown to peer into his empty mailbox. Text is in several layers on many pages, with original voices from the Christmas special narrating the story as it highlights word-for-word. Lovers of the original Christmas special will want to download this title right away ... it is such a treat! If you haven't seen the special (meaning you've been living under a rock for the past 50 years), you will also not want to miss this spectactular title. Play jingle bells Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a delightful title from Oceanhouse Media with unique interactivity, based on the print book published in 2007. Like other  omBooks, this title has light interactivity that lets readers tap any image to hear & see the word, reinforcing visual connections for young readers. There is also additional interactivity, in the form of 'lift-the-flap' areas on every page. Find hidden things, open doors and much more! For fans of the beloved Berenstain Bear family this holiday book app will be a treasured Christmas treat. Flexible settings, highlighting word-by-word with narration, great illustrations & sound effects make this a top-notch choice for holiday reading.

This title is Read more …

The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Papa tries to find the perfect tree for the family for Christmas ... but so many other creatures live in the tree that he doesn't want to take away their home. In the end, the family finds a new way to celebrate ... A heartwarming and original tale perfect for holiday reading with young children. This OM Books title, from Oceanhouse Media, features the original illustrations from the print edition of this classic with light enhancements including images that say their name with a light tap, highlighting word-for-word with narration and great sound effects. A great family-friendly title for seasonal reading with a focus on biblical lessons.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly Read more …

Elly Book 11 - Elly goes camping by Dipali Vaidya

Elly the Reindeer is a cute cartoon-style reindeer. She has adventures with her animal friends in a sweet rural setting where all the child-like characters live in their own homes (by themselves) and look to each other for help, fun and solving the occasional dilemma. In this story, Elly and her friends go camping in the "Feelgood Forest". Her friend Fin brings his guitar, which plays a lovely tune when tapped. A sound in the night wakes everyone up but is resolved in a feel good way that will bring sweet dreams.

This cute series of books is wonderful for preschoolers and they all make sweet bedtime books. They are simple enough for learner readers to read to themselves. This book series Read more …

Doris and the Dragon Tree by Rats on Cats Publishing Handelsbolag

Doris and the Dragon Tree is an exceptionally cute and engaging story about a little girl with a big imagination. One day she finds a tiny seed pit on the playground and decides it might be from a dragon. She plants the seed and waits for it to grow, which takes a very long time. Her little sister is skeptical at first, but soon branches appear with tiny 'dragon' buds. The dragons grow, eating up everything in the family's refrigerator and making mischief with their smoky dragon farts.

There is no question that this is a winning story, well crafted and accompanied by lovely narration (although it does not highlight). The illustrations are also fun, with a combination of hand drawn Read more …

Ten Giggly Gorillas by Wasabi Productions Pty Ltd

This is an adorable, animated counting book from Graham Nunn, creator of the Larry Lizard series of book apps. Ten cute primates swing from the branches of a tree on every page. Each one has a different item; from a pirate's hat to a teddy bear, each animal is different. On every page, the reader is asked to 'tickle' one of the gorillas under the arm. After tapping the right gorilla, the animal swings around, giggling until he falls off the tree. Now the count is down by one ...

The story goes on like this for ten pages, until there are no gorillas left. Now the reader will see the page slide down to show a lower part of the same tree with all the gorillas hanging on. The Read more …

Hagar The Harfowl by Samuel Gimbel

Hagar is a harfowl, a creature that lives in a special Huffaloo tree. This non-linear story app begins with a description of this Seuss-like world, where harfowls try to find footing on trees that are scarce. But Hagar is having trouble finding a spot, and no one will share. Soon a storm takes all the trees down, leaving all but Hagar on the ground. He has choosen a tiny tree, merely a sprout, but he alone has a home.

Soon the other harfowls are eager to leave, unless now Hagar will share. The reader is asked to choose the story's direction at this point, either to "help the other harfowls" or "they got what they deserved" (which could be phrased better as 'don't help the other harfowls'). Read more …

Treetop Ted by Bronwyn Callander

"Treetop Ted, Treetop Ted, what's that thing on top of your head?" begins this cute title. Featuring light animation and interactivity, Treetop Ted will enchant young readers and listeners with its lovely pacing and fun rhymes. The bright, colorful illustrations are simple but engaging in a way that makes this book perfect for the under six set.

Ted is a green stick figure with a branched "tree-top" head ... but he can get no peace, not even a minute to enjoy his tea. Bugs in all shapes, sizes and noises make a home on his head, annoying poor Ted and making him feel "itchy, twitchy, scritchy, scratchy." These fun words are great for teaching about onomatopoeia, or words that mimic real Read more …

iBiome-Wetland by Springbay Studio Ltd.

Does your child love to study nature and learn how plants and animals interact? iBiome Wetlands shows how to create a virtual wetland environment that is teeming with many different forms of life. This fascinating app demonstrates the step-by-step development of the biome and allows your child to become part of the process. Its creative use of tablet technology and its solid content earn it a TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps.

iBiome Wetlands is a new science app from Springbay Studio for the iPad.  It is the first title in a new app series designed to explore different biomes, the unique communities in nature that exist on Earth. Read more …


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