Published in print in 1979, Oh Say Can You Say?, is a Dr. Seuss book of tongue twisters, containing crazy phrases that will tie your tongue up in knots (and tickle your funny bone). It is a rather long book, full of the whimsical language and illustrations that make a Dr. Seuss title an instant classic.
For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is narrated. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Most of the Dr. Seuss books are great for children learning to read because they are filled with simple words and while this title goes beyond 'sight' words it should be an enjoyable read for kids 6 and up. For younger kids (and adults who would rather listen instead of getting tongue tied), narration is a great option.
Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment of text, a nice semi-animated style. The digital versions of Dr. Seuss books, by Oceanhouse Media, have no real animation, although most of the items pictured in the story react to a light tap. A visual image of the word with accompanying audio appears (for example, tap on the illustration of a sofa and the word "sofa" appears with audio saying “sofa”). If the word is also present in the text, it highlights there as well, providing lots of visual reinforcement for young readers.
Overall this is a great title, lacking only a page guide to make navigation easier. If you love Dr. Seuss, there are lots of digital options available as apps in almost any format, and this is one more great choice. While it's a bit long for bedtime reading, this title is a lot of fun and is particularly nice to have narrated. Reading this book aloud can be challenging, so it's a real treat to listen to the perfect pronunciations of all the Seussisms.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
20 - 25 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
This title has whimsical illustrations and 25 unique Seuss-inspired tongue twisters, like "Fetch me the finest French-fried freshest fish that Finneys fries!" and "Pete Briggs is a pink pig, big pig patter."