April 5, 2012
Can you ever have too many Dr. Seuss books in your bedtime stories collection? I don't think so, and I sure hope not because we have another to share with you thanks again to Oceanhouse Media. Horton Hatches the Egg is the first book to feature the shy but steadfast elephant, as well as being another whacky way to teach your kids a lesson or two. A bird named Mayzie sat on her egg, complaining that she'd much rather go out and play. As Horton passed by, Mayzie pleaded desperately for the elephant to take over, at least temporarily. After quibbling about the idea making no sense, Horton still agreed to watch over the lazy bird's nest. Hunters with rifles would make him afraid, but nothing could break the promise Horton had made. "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred per cent!" From icicles on his legs to being an act on stage, Horton never gave up on that little egg. In a mighty pop, the little creature finally came out, and that's when you'll discover what keeping a promise is all about. 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. Horton Hatches the Egg is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.1 or later, and available in the App Store for the introductory price of $1.99. You can find all of Oceanhouse Media's Dr. Seuss offerings via their website.