Aki the monkey teaches values - Sharing

Rating Aki the monkey teaches values - Sharing - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About Aki the monkey teaches values - Sharing

Aki the Monkey is an interactive story book has been created to help you teaching the important values of sharing and generosity to your young children. The app will help your child to consider their relationship to other people and how they feel about letting others use their things by following along with Aki the Monkey. The reader's own decisions in this interactive story influence how Aki and the other characters respond in the story.

Aki the monkey teaches values - Sharing Review

Aki the Monkey teaches values - Sharing, is at its best when used by a parent and child together or, possibly as when read by a teacher to a class.  In this latter case, discussing the children's thoughts could make for an enjoyable and useful lesson on how to consider the feelings of others and help to promote class-wide co-operation.

As well as providing the story for children to follow, the app includes guidance for adults too.  This isn't just an exercise in stating the obvious.  The guidance provides good ideas for taking further what the children learn in the app.  It also provides a useful guide to understanding a child's perspective to the ownership and sharing of their own property.  This is flagged up with a lightbulb in the appropriate section of the story to remind parents.

The text that accompanies each picture is sharp and a good size to read on each device relative to the screen size.  The text is centre-justified which does look nice but is a non-typical way of reading that some people find annoying and can be off-putting for children.  An option to align it to the left would be welcome.

The artwork accompanying the story is very nicely drawn.  The backgrounds create a lovely setting for this type of story and the characters are appealing.  Their emotions are communicated well to the reader which helps the app's learning objective.  

A very nice touch, indicative of the app's focus on its learning goal, is that parents or children can incorporate photographs of their children's own possessions into the pictures using the device's camera.  As the app points out, this can help children to identify with the motivation of Aki in the story and consider how they would approach a similar situation.  There is one further option to help children to identify closely with the story:  they can select whether Aki is a boy or girl.

The interactive element of this book, and what makes it something other than a real book in electronic form, is its branching at certain points in the story.  The reader can pick which option is taken whenever Aki needs to make a decision about whether to share or not.  The result of the decision is shown on the next page.  It is here where children see the consequences of the decision on the feelings of others and on Aki too.

Whatever option is chosen, it is easy to go back and see how the route not taken would have played out.  This creates a great opportunity for discussions, thinking, and applying the events in the story to the reader's own life. It can also be highlighted that real life does not always allow the luxury of taking back a person's less generous decisions.

If you're used to other interactive eBooks in app form, you might notice the omission of a narrator.  A few years ago, this was not so common and, of course, a narrator is not essential to enjoy a real book - this app involves the parent more than many others after all.  However, the ubiquity of a narrator in other similar apps does highlight that it is missing in this one.

The story in this app is an ideal way of prompting children to think about their actions.  Its consideration of children's perspectives and the relation of this to adults will give further thought to anyone who uses it. It isn't quite as feature-packed as other interactive book apps but its strong core goes a good way to making up for this and makes it an app that has a place in a classroom app library or for parent-child bedtime reading.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Emotional Development
Responsibility and Ethics

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Yann SANCHEZ

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