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The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

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

Dr. Seuss' classic book, "The Cat in the Hat," has an updated digital book complete with the full text and original illustrations that has endeared its characters to generations of children and adults alike. Each "read & learn" page includes a wide variety of interactive features such as playing with the characters, moving objects, bouncing balls, opening doors, and so forth. Additionally, special learning activities are hidden throughout the book's pages. These special activities, which focus on early and emerging reading skills, include finding missing letters to complete words, identifying beginning sounds, and matching pictures with written words.

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.

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
Available on iTunes

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