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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

January 11, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a delight in digital form, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read.  Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode.  All of the Dr. Seuss books are an excellent choice for children learning to read because they are filled with simple words (mostly 'sight words' in fact).  They are popular with parents and children precisely because they make learning to read fun.

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.  This makes for a very long reading experience, though, since you swipe to turn the page everytime they pan in and out.  That's a lot of page turning, with some pages needing multiple attempts to turn the page manually.  Auto-play is much faster, but still over 15 minutes (and you can only stop auto-play by pushing the home button).

I wouldn't usually say Dr. Seuss was inappropriate for bedtime, but this story takes so long to read that I wouldn't recommend it for that.  For page count, in this case, I counted every time we had to swipe to turn the page (which is the only mode that allows interaction with the story) and my child was still reading it on his own at the 30 minute mark when we needed to take a break for dinner.

These Dr. Seuss books have no real animation, although 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 ocean and the word "water" appears with audio saying “water”). These word 'interactions' are literally hidden all over every page. 

In the last update, the developer also added a new feature where if you tap on the red fish, the words 'red fish' also highlight in the story's text, which is a great feature for young readers.  This Seuss classic is great in digital form and I applaud the developer for continuing to improve these titles with an eye toward educational improvements.  The Seuss books were designed for kids learning to read, after all.  And with Seuss on so many digital platforms now (including Android), learning to read is just a click away.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

January 11, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Dr. Seuss

Oceanhouse Media

Length (time):
20 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 10 +

English •

Length (pages):
87 Pages


Story Synopsis - One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a 1960 children's book by Dr. Seuss. A simple rhyming book for learner readers, it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. This and several other Seuss titles aimed specifically at children learning to read were developed in an interesting way. Apparently, a list was compiled of 348 words that were important for first-graders to recognize, then cut to 250 words and the task was to write a book using only those words. They wanted Seuss to "bring back a book children can't put down." Nine months later, using 236 of the words given to him, he completed The Cat in the Hat. [Source:  Wikipedia]  


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound Effects on/off

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Size: 16.8 MB

Version: 1.08.1

Lite Version Available: Yes



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