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The Big Brag - Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Who is the fool? The one that boasts they are the best may be the biggest one of all ...

A rabbit and a bear are full of their own importance, bragging to each other about their superior abilities in this digital edition of a classic Dr. Seuss book, from Oceanhouse Media. The original print title, Yertle the Turtle and other stories contained three tales and was published in 1958. This tale is essentially about vanity and being overly competitive.

The rabbit claims that his hearing is so good, he can hear the tiny cough of a fly on a hill 90 miles away. Not to be outdone, the bear claims it's his nose that makes him superior to the rabbit. "I can smell twice as far as you hear," claims the bear, saying he can smell 600 miles away, where a hummingbird egg has just gone stale. In the end both are put in their place by a worm who claims to be able to see all the way around the world ... to where two fools "seem to have nothing else better to do than to sit here and argue who's better than who!"

As a digital offering, this book has simple settings, easy page turn and great narration with each word highlighted as it is read. You can also tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. There are also lots of things in every picture to tap to hear and see words for illustrated elements, like scenery and characters in the story. This book is not as colorful as some Seuss books, but the illustrations are otherwise delightful and filled with the same whimsy that makes Dr. Seuss so popular.

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 book has no real animation, but most of the items pictured in the story react to a light tap with a visual image of the word with accompanying audio (for example, tap on a flower and the word "flower" appears with audio saying “flower”).

This book was a favorite of mine as a child and it's a wonderful chance to share it in modern form with my own child. Since it's just one of a group of three tales from the original edition, this title is shorter than some of the other digital Seuss books currently available in the app store, making it a good length for bedtime. It's also a good cautionary tale, showing young readers the downside of boasting. Recommended.

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The Big Brag - Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Dr. Seuss

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
10 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
32 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The Big Brag - Dr. Seuss

Yertle the Turtle and other stories is a 1958 children's book by Dr. Seuss. The original title contained 3 stories. In this, the 3rd story, a rabbit and a bear, who both boast that they are the "best of the beasts", because of the range of their hearing and smelling abilities, respectively. However, they are humbled by a worm who claims he can see all around the world—right back to his own hill, where he sees the rabbit and bear, whom he calls "the two biggest fools that have ever been seen". [Source: Wikipedia]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound Effects on/off, Links to: Web, Email, FB, Twitter, AppStore, Privacy Policy

App Release Date:
2010-08-02

 






Size: 10.71 MB

Version: 1.0.8

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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