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Daisy-Head Mayzie - Dr. Seuss

February 25, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Dr. Seuss's final book, about a girl with a little flower problem ...

Daisy-Head Mayzie from Oceanhouse Media, was the last book written by Dr. Seuss, published in print in 1995, after his death. It is also unique in that it was not personally illustrated by Dr. Seuss, although the style is so closely matched that it is difficult to tell the difference and the artist is not identified. The story is about a girl named Mayzie who feels a 'twitch' on her head during class one day and soon finds herself with a white daisy sprouting from the top of her head. Initially she is made fun of by her chanting classmates, but soon her unique predicament has brought her fame and fortune. This title also has a digital extra, encouraging young readers to tap each daisy they find in the illustrations for a total of 44 at the end of the story.

Every one of Dr. Seuss' stories has been seamlessly translated into a new digital classic by Oceanhouse Media. Enhancements are primarily educational and focused on word recognition, although lots of interesting sound effects connect the images with word meanings for young listeners. Great narration with highlighting word-by-word reinforces the text and if a child taps on any word, it is spoken again (tap-to-hear) for additional text reinforcement. If you tap on an image in the illustrations, the word will appear with accompanying audio. And as a bonus, if that image is present in the text of the page, that word will highlight again, too.

This book has the detailed and colorful illustrations that make Seuss books so popular, but like most Dr. Seuss OmBook apps, this title isn't animated. However, most pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each chunk of text in a nicely paced reading experience. Extra features include the ability to record your own narration as well as excellent navigation with a nice visual thumbnail page guide. Ample settings allow adults to set the book up with or without audio and interactive elements. Links that leave the app are contained exclusively in the 'info' section under a parental gate that requires fluid reading and following complex directions.

Daisy-Head Mayzie is a delightful read, made even more accessible to a new generation with digital enhancements well-suited to a modern audience. The messages within Seuss books can be subtle, making for rich converstations with young people and engaging extension activities in classroom settings. In print and digital, Dr. Seuss is tops with young and old alike, precisely because his books make learning to read (and reading to learn) FUN!

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Daisy-Head Mayzie - Dr. Seuss

February 25, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Dr. Seuss/

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
15 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 9 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
38 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Daisy-Head Mayzie - Dr. Seuss

Join Mayzie McGrew in this interactive book app as she gains fortune and fame after a daisy grows out of the top of her head! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. How will Daisy learn a valuable lesson about the important of love over fame? [Source: iTunes]

The book is about a human schoolgirl named Mayzie who one day suddenly sprouts a bright yellow daisy from her head. It causes alarm in her classroom, family, and town, until an agent makes her a celebrity. The Cat in the Hat is seen serving as the narrator to this story who helps Mayzie to understand her problem and persuade her to go back home. The book has a mini-song titled "Daisy-Head Mayzie" which her classmates chant. [Source: Wikipedia]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, SFX/Music Volume Control, Record Narration, Page Guide, Info w/ Links: (under parental gate) to: AppStore, Web, Email, FB, Twitter

App Release Date:
2013-07-24

 






Size: 45.37 MB

Version: 2.4

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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