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Over in the Jungle

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Now this best-selling counting & sing-along book is an interactive app! Like its award-winning cousin, the Over in the Ocean app, Over in the Jungle is “jam-packed with vibrant colors, engaging interactivity, fluid poetry, predictable text and ‘teachable moments’.” Children count, poke and jiggle the rainforest animal babies to watch them squawk, scurry, and scramble—just as the animals do in real life. And then children will search for all the babies in a counting game. “Over in the Jungle” (book) has won numerous awards, including the International Reading Association’s “Teacher’s Choice Award.” This app is a fun way to reinforce learning, and is entirely safe for children--it does not contain ads, social media, in-app purchases, or links, nor does it collect data. It is available in English only.
• Remarkable artwork is constructed entirely from polymer clay! You will want to grab your own colored clay after illustrator Jeanette Canyon explains how she does it. 
• Choose between “Read to Me,” “Read to Myself,” and “Sing to Me.” 
• Children can touch the animal babies or jiggle the screen to watch them perform their distinctive true-to-life actions (for example, the howler monkeys hoot and the boa constrictors squeeze).
• After being introduced to all the animal babies (one marmoset, two morpho butterflies, and so on) the babies "play hide and seek!" The child is invited to play a counting game to find them all, “from ten to one.” 
• Includes a real-life photograph of each animal with interesting information about the species.
• All information is scientifically accurate. The author also explains the wide variety of ways in which animal parents care for their young.
Additional app pages have information about coral reef animals in general as well as each species featured, including a photograph of each. The app enhances the entertaining, educational experience of the book, which has received many rave reviews, including the following.
• Library Media Connection: “Here is an attractive, engaging book on a very important habitat that children and educators will enjoy for either recreational reading or interactive learning in the library or classroom.”
•Mom’s Choice Award Magazine (Entro): “Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme is wonderfully successful at rising to the challenge by combining music, counting and remarkable art to present some of the most compelling animals of the tropical rainforest.”
•School Library Journal: “This is a handsome book on an important subject, and it can serve as recreational reading as well as an introduction to a basic unit on the rain forest.”
•Ventura County Parent: “Readers will almost be as awestruck by the cadence and artwork in this book as they would be by the actual rainforest. It is a convergence of song, rhyme, numbers and incredible illustrations which will make it a favorite among a span of ages.”
•Children’s Literature: “an excellent teaching tool on many levels.”
•Catholic Library World: “The wealth of information and multiple uses for the book make it one that can be utilized over and over with a different emphasis each time. The illustrations make it very appealing, also. Whether studying counting, animals, rainforest, baby animals, art, nature, music or large motor skills, this book is a winner.”

What's New in Version 1.1

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Customer Reviews

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.


This is a fun and engaging app, great for preschool. The details and vivid colors in the illustrations are fantastic. The children I showed it to we're immediately captivated by the story, illustrations, and animations. They enjoyed listening to the story being read and sung. The kindergarteners liked to help read the story as well. Their favorite part was when they had to find all the babies. As a teacher, I enjoyed the nonfiction section and providing the information to the children about the different animals. I also own Over in the Ocean. I can wait until they create another one!

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 activites, 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.
Anne W.

Over in the Jungle
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2013
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 43.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Dawn Publications

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).

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