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Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? All About Dinosaurs

Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? All About Dinosaurs

Fall 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Download Price: $5.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Oceanhouse Media has been working diligently to bring many beloved Dr. Seuss classics to life in their apps. Recently they began producing titles from the Learning Library, which have also appeared on the PBS series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That. Children familiar with the books or the television show will surely enjoy listening, reading and interacting with the apps.

In Oh Say Can You Say Dinosaur, the Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick on an adventure back in time to learn about dinosaurs that roamed the earth, the fossils they left behind and how paleontologists study them today. Children can either follow along with a narrated version of the story or read the book on their own. In either case, they can click any of the words to hear the narrator say them, which is helpful for early readers who many need a little extra assistance. The app puts a special emphasis on teaching children to pronounce the names of several dinosaur species correctly. There are also important vocabulary words that appear in bold text for which a definition appears when the users clicks them. And for fun, any of the images in the scene may be pressed to trigger sound effects or animations. The names of objects or characters also appear and are narrated aloud when pressed.

The content quality of the app and the wide variety of ways in which users can interact with it make this a fun and educational selection for both pre-readers and readers alike. It is well worth adding to your digital library.

Jessica Hensley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

Look for this product at:
Oceanhouse Media
http://www.oceanhousemedia.com
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