Targeted at young readers who’ve conquered the basics and yearn to feed greater curiosity, Random House Children’s Books’ The Cat in the Hat Learning Library is a great series that is headed to your iDevice thanks to the folks at Oceanhouse Media. The first title of the collection to make it into the App Store is There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System.
“This marks a continuation of our terrific partnership with Oceanhouse Media,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “As they’ve done with the original Dr. Seuss books, Oceanhouse Media has taken this collection and developed apps that promote education and encourage children to be curious about the world around them, all in the spirit of Dr. Seuss.”
Designed for ages five through eight, The Cat in the Hat Learning Library books make attaining new information fun by integrating it into the classically zany Dr. Seuss writing style. This particular series of the franchise trades moral lessons for scientific exploration and discovery of real life objects, concepts, and more.
There’s No Place Like Space takes children on an adventure to outer space to explore the many interesting items that make up our solar system. Kids will learn facts about the sun, moon, and our many planets but in a manner that isn’t going to drive them away. In fact, the book even includes a wonderful Seussian mnemonic device to help memorize the planet names.
The app has two ways to experience the story: “Read it Myself” allows reading and viewing the material in the same manner that traditional books would offer and “Read to Me” highlights each word as it is professionally narrated
Pages come alive with animations and sounds. It’s even possible to drag floating objects around. For more fun and opportunities to learn, readers can tap on objects to identify what they are, including highlighting words if the item was referenced in the narration. Words in bold type contain even more information. Tap on them to initiate a pop-up of the full glossary entry.
There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and available in the App Store at the introductory price of $3.99.