It was back in November of 2011 that Oceanhouse Media opened their Cat in the Hat Learning Library, a Seuss spin on the Smithsonian Collection and related content, series of omBooks. The set began with There’s No Place Like Space, followed by Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? and Ice Is Nice. Now, there’s A Whale of a Tale ready for story time.
Playful dolphins, shy porpoises, and giant whales, there are all kinds of cetacean mammals in this whacky tale. From fins to air shooting spouts, this book teaches what these underwater creatures are all about. Flipping and diving for food and for play, it can become one very long and tiring day. So, get ready to learn, play, and discover about all kinds of things, even blubber.
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, plus 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.
A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales is a universal app compatible with iOS 4.3 or later, and available in the App Store at the introductory price of $3.99. You can find all of Oceanhouse Media’s Cat in the Hat Learning Library offerings via their website.