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Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

Fall 2016 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

"I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam-I-am." How many times between our childhoods and our years as parents have we uttered those words? The classic story, which teaches children to try new things (no matter how they might look) has helped children learn to read for nearly sixty years. In its new Read & Learn series, Oceanhouse Media delivers Dr. Seuss's beloved "Green Eggs and Ham" on a digital platter.

Each screen-page features a wide variety of interactive characters and objects. By exploring its pages (tapping, dragging and tilting), children discover hidden activities that enhance the learning experience. For example, children may be asked text-based questions to evaluate and improve comprehension (e.g., "What does Sam-I-Am's friend not like?"). They may identify and match rhyming words, select missing letters to complete words, find objects that begin with a certain sound, or match the written name to the appropriate character. All of these activities help develop and hone important early reading skills.

As in all Oceanhouse Media's Dr. Seuss apps, there are three self-explanatory reading modes: Read to Me, Read It Myself, and Autoplay. In each of these modes, children can interact with and manipulate most of the objects on the page. They can also hear and see the word for each object by tapping on it. And here too, parents can monitor their children's progress of Minutes Read, Pages Read, and Book Read (how many times the book is completed).

However, in our opinion, there is a "best" way to get the most from this app: first, turn off the activities and select the Read to Me mode. As you read and listen—and if you can take your eyes off the screen—watch your child's face as the story plays all the way through. The narration and sound track put this app in a class by itself. The voice work (who is that?) is captivating, the sound effects, from the rain to the echo, to the perspective change "in the dark" adds layers upon layers of richness, fun, and playful learning. Bravo to Sam I Am, Bravo to Oceanhouse Media's Green Eggs and Ham.

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