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If I Ran the Horse Show (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)

February 19, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Learn all about horses with the Cat In the Hat!

Young readers will love learning with If I Ran the Horse Show (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2012, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the history and diversity of the equine world, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and interactivity along with great background music and sound effects, these titles offer a cutting-edge approach to learning about a list of topics frequently covered in elementary school science classrooms. Tap any bold word for a definition and tapping Thing 1 & Thing 2 usually gives additional facts about the topic. You can also record your own narration. Not many non-fiction titles can engage such early readers, but The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library stands out in both print and digital. Familiar faces like Dick & Sally, along with Thing 1 & Thing 2, take young readers on a series of nearly twenty unforgettable adventures with a range of popular science topics, like outer space and dinosaurs.

In the app, interactive elements can sometimes over shadow comprehension for distractible young readers, but this is more than balanced out by a wealth of nicely presented educational content. Additional features added to the app include word-by-word highlighting, touch-to-hear text and images that are named when tapped. If an image is also represented in the corresponding text, that word lights up as well, reinforcing word recognition. For those familiar with other Seuss omBooks, this series is a little different. Each app has arrow instead of swipe-style page turning and also includes a home button but no 'auto-play' setting. Nice navigation with a thumbnail page guide and intuitive settings round out these well-made digital books. Links to leave the app, but are thoughtfully hidden behind a 'parental gate' that requires fluent reading.

Overall, this series is as fun as it is educational, pairing animated and interactive 'pop-up' style elements with high-quality science content. Some of the interactivity is just for fun, rather than story-related, but all of it keeps kids engaged. When sharing these titles in my child's classroom, the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library apps have been the most often re-requested. Children will be drawn in by their familiarity with the characters and then entranced by the extraordinary animal world. A great introduction for young scientists to hippology (the scientific study of horses).

Highly recommended.

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If I Ran the Horse Show (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)

February 19, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Bonnie Worth/Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
15 - 18 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 5 - 9 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
32 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - If I Ran the Horse Show (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)

Come along with the Cat in the Hat in this interactive book app as he takes Sally and Nick to the Super-Tremendous-Studependous Horse Show to teach them about all things horsey! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Kids will love learning about everything from the difference between fillies, foals, yearlings, mares, colts, dams, sires, and stallions; to horse anatomy from nose to tail; to the work of a farrier, Western vs English riding; and much, much more—including fun facts about 13 of the most popular horse breeds!

The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is a nonfiction series that introduces youngsters to basic science concepts. The titles explore a range of subjects, including dinosaurs, pets, marine life and nature subjects such as trees and outer space. Written in rhyme, these stories feature the classic characters from The Cat in the Hat book — The Cat, Sally, Dick, Thing One and Thing Two, and even the fish! Look for more Learning Library omBooks coming soon!

New features introduced in this omBook include animated objects, an instant glossary and interactive learning games. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with features that educate, entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages. 

Recommended ages: 5 - 10

Source: iTunes

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, News On/Off, Sound On/Off, Home, PageGuide, Record, Links to (under parental gate): AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web

App Release Date:
2014-02-12

 






Size: 77.8 MB

Version: 2.6

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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