Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2004, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of weather and the study of it, meteorology. 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 Read more …

Just A Big Storm - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just a Big Storm by Mercer Mayer is one of the latest Little Critter titles, published in print in 2013. In this title, Little Critter and his family prepare for and then go through a big storm. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 21 of the little mice and spiders hidden on nearly every page.
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released in this Read more …
A Very Busy Week, Stories from Tilly's Number Town by 123 Number Fun Pty Ltd

A Very Busy Week is part of a series of app books by Jane Hague. This Australian series is set in a town with many interesting characters - all numbered. For instance there is Tilly Two herself and Policeman Ernie Eight. The main character of this story is Nurse Trixie Six who is the one having 'a very busy week'.

In this book the nurse has so many patients that she can hardly keep up, including an outbreak of the measles in the Kindergarten. Soon even the nurse herself is sick, covered in red dots. Before becoming ill, she treats many patients, including the fisherman, policeman and bee keeper. She even helps Tilly Two by sewing her toy bear's eye back on.

As a digital book, this title is Read more …

Aesop's Thinking: The Ants and the Grasshopper by Oddeye Co., Ltd.

This version of Aesop's The Ant & the Grasshopper is one of many digital books featuring Aesop's fables to debut on the iPad. There is a WIDE variation in the quality of digital book apps based on public domain stories like Aesop & Grimm Brother's tales. Many are not even narrated by native speakers or have syntax, grammar or other linguistic errors in the text of the stories.

This tale, however, is not only free (it's the first release in a series called Aesop's Thinking that retails currently for $4.99), but is also an excellent remake of the classic story. The wording is odd a couple times (the grasshopper will 'drop tears' instead of 'cry' if he doesn't prepare for winter, Read more …

Mousey Howsee and the Rescuers by Realverus UAB

Mousey Housee is one of those book apps that has a lot of unique and innovative aspects. There are video segments tucked within the pages, interactive elements that tie nicely into the storyline and even variations in the book based on the time of day and weather. The app also includes an interactive page with a cell phone where the reader gets to dial the number for emergency rescue of Mousey Housee.

This app features very light animations triggered through tapping. These animations are cute, although not especially related to the storyline. They are also often 'highlighted' in a greyish box that seems unpolished based on my experience with other book apps. The variety of interactions Read more …

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