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The Lorax - Read & Play - Dr. Seuss

The Lorax - Read & Play - Dr. Seuss

Fall 2016 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

The Lorax is back! This time, Dr. Seuss's beloved character stars in his own interactive app-book. The Lorax, who "speaks for the trees," tries desperately to protect the environment from the Once-ler, a greedy businessman who is destroying the forest. Only after the forest has been completely obliterated does the Once-ler see the folly of his ways. Fortunately, he saved one last seed, which he shares with a young child; and, he leaves the child and reader with the message: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." A timely message, to be sure.

Each page includes interactive characters and objects, which can be manipulated to uncover hidden activities including: word searches, jigsaw puzzles, memory matching games, catching falling objects, sequencing and a Whack-a-Mole-style game called Tap Attack. The games are short, easy-to-understand, and fun, but they also help develop and hone a variety of skills such as short-term memory, spatial reasoning, fine motor activity, and hand-eye coordination. Happy parent testers were pleased to see that the games can be turned on or off, as well as reset, in the settings area.

The app has three 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. In Read to Me mode, the story is narrated to the children with each word highlighted as it is read. And, children can remain on each page as long as they like. In Read It Myself mode, children read and explore independently and at their own pace. They can tap on any word to have it read to them. Finally, in Autoplay, the story is narrated to the children and pages turned at a steady pace. Highlighting words as they are read helps children make the connection between the written word and the spoken word. Speaking and showing the written word for selected objects makes connections between the written word, the spoken word, and the object they represent. All of these are critical pre-reading and early-reading skills.

To help parents monitor their children's progress, the parent section of the app keeps track of Minutes Read, Pages Read, and Book Read (how many times the book is completed). There is a section that offers other Oceanhouse Media Dr. Seuss apps for sale, but the written instructions will keep prereaders at bay.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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Oceanhouse Media
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