January 12, 2013
Get ready to add another zany Seuss classic to your digital collection. Geisel's sixth published children's book, McElligot's Pool is a wonderful story about patience with Seuss's regular explosion of imagination, namely all kinds of whacky examples. As Marco sat fishing at McElligot's pool, a farmer came by and warned the young man, "If you sat fifty years with your worms and your wishes, you'd grow a long beard long before you'd catch fishes." The boy thought that maybe the old man was right, but perhaps there was more going on than what was in plain sight. There might be all kinds of fish working their way in from an underground river. Fish with long sword noses or ones that look like garden hoses. Who knows what's going on beneath the water? Find out what Marco may see if he has patience to fish longer. 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. A wonderful combination of capabilities to complement the whimsical artwork of Theodor Seuss Geisel. McElligot's Pool is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 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.