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A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

A troop is a group of monkeys

Did you know a group of peacocks is referred to as an ostentation? Well, I had no idea, so I hope you’ll understand why I’m desperate to stumble across some now, and soon, so I can show off my new knowledge.

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys is an adorable iPad book (they say they’ll release a hardcover version this fall). The book teaches children, with the use of rhyme, the correct terms for different groups of animals.

Here’s why we love it…

It’s simply informative, which makes it a great App for older kids to learn about fancier language for groups of different animals. While I’m not an educator, my sense is the App offers an introduction to the concept of scientific terminology.

It’s lovely for younger kids too, even if they aren’t ready for the big words like ostentation, they will be ready for the interactive animal displays. This makes it a great family App. I obviously learned something, my 3 year old enjoyed the colorful animals and if we had an older sibling, they’d be able to distill a higher level of information than my 3 year old did.A Troop is a Group of Monkeys Book App

I also tend to be quixotic and long for a tad of the old fashioned now and again, so perhaps my favorite thing about this App is its utilization of animated watercolors. Each page looks like the painted mural you had in your elementary school library just came to life. This gives the book a lovely homemade, but not amateur quality.

In the end, the overlying theme of this App is to impart an understanding and respect for the animals who share our planet.


A Troop is a Group of Monkeys is available for iPAD. It is $3.99 on App Store.
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A Troop is a Group of Monkeys - Little Bahalia Publishing


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Elizabeth WolfToday’s app is reviewed by Elizabeth Wolf.  Elizabeth blogs about parenting, culture and travel at LeMaisonLoup.com.  You can also find her on Twitter @WolfBetty

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  • I did not know that a group of peacocks is an ostentation! Fascinating! Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf!

  • Christie

    In the classroom, the first to come to mind to boost vocabulary is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak— introduce words like, “mischief” “gnashed” “tamed” “private” and “rumpus” to name just a few. (We define the word, come up with a synonym, as well as a picture drawing.)

    • My son loved Where the Wild Things Are. It was such a fun book!

  • Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc. I have young kids (14 month twins) who are learning to speak so everything is boosting their vocabulary. Animal Masquerade is a picture book and it’s creative, imaginative, and playful. My kids learn to identify animals and it can be interactive. It’s a little long but my toddlers love it.

    I want to check out Rivka’s recommendation of “A million Chameleons”. That sounds like a fun book!

    • I am really enjoy the recommendations of the books. They all sounded wonderful.

  • Cherie Haas

    “The Day the King Rained” is a great book for working on figurative language, homophones and multiple meaning words. My students love to keep running charts of multiple meaning words and homophones.

  • I love this review! Any opportunity for a vocabulary augmentation, is a welcome one! Another ‘young reader’ which presents a smidgen of elevated vocab is, “A Million Chameleons,” by James Young. It is a rhyming book which begins: “A little chameleon all in vermilion, danced alone in a garden pavilion…”

    • Sounds like a good book. I have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you so much for this lovely review. We’re very glad you enjoyed the app!!

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