In the Desert of Drize, a young boy met an old man perched high above the sand. Sitting upon a cactus, the old man began to speak, “When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue, when you start to get mad . . . you should do what I do. Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!” Be glad you’re not a Schlottz with its tail in knots or a left sock long forgotten. Just remember that when things are rotten, there are others “much-much, oh, ever so much-much, so muchly much-much more unlucky than you.”
The app has three ways to experience the story: “Read it Myself” allows reading and viewing the material in the same manner that traditional books would offer, “Read to Me” highlights each word as it is professionally narrated, and “Auto Play” adds narration but also automatically turns the page when it is completed. This is a nice feature for very young children, or to just make the experience a little more like a movie.
Some additional features to promote reading and create even more enjoyment include words that are spoken and highlighted when tapped, noises and narrations when pictures are touched, plus fun animations and sounds to help pages come alive. Even a simple tap and hold on paragraphs is all it takes to restart a narration. A wonderful combination of capabilities to complement the whimsical artwork of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and available in the App Store for $3.99. You can find all of Oceanhouse Media’s Dr. Seuss offerings via their website.