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Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles

Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Download Price: $5.99
Platform: iPad

Ice is Nice! is an eBook app beautifully designed by Oceanhouse Media. It explores the North and South Pole through the eyes of the Cat in the Hat. Parents and children can choose to have the book read to them by the narrator, or they can choose to read it themselves. The included narration is professional and very well done—a funny very "Seussian" male voice.

With Dr. Seuss' flair for wide-eyed curiosity, children discover the Arctic and Antarctic alongside the Cat in the Hat in Ice is Nice! Each page is an invitation to learn more by looking beyond the surface of things. A picture of a polar bear is paired with an inset image of what the layers of the creature's hair and blubber look like. On another page, the Cat explains why it is wrong to call the Arctic "The Land of the Midnight Sun"—it is not land, but a point located in the Arctic Ocean!

Parents appreciated that Ice is Nice! teaches science lessons to children that are direct and simple. Only one fact is presented per page, generally, and illustrated graphics help make sense of new vocabulary and concepts. Seasons are explained with a graphic of the Earth moving around the sun, for example, allowing little ones to actually see that the sun hits a specific part of Earth differently depending on where it is in its rotation. A section on adaptation illustrates how animals survive in the freezing polar climate, and follows the aforementioned polar bear diagram with an in-depth look at each species' unique fur, feathers, and skin. And when the app turns from the North Pole to the South Pole, there is an extensive lesson on penguins of all kinds. At the book's closing, climate change is represented by an illustration of Earth dripping water from its South Pole.

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