Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles is an informational book about science featuring Dr. Seuss characters; it's part of the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library Series. In it, the Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick on a journey around the world to the North and South Poles. There they learn about the native animals and people and how they are affected by the changing weather. There are interactive features such as a linked dictionary, text highlighting, and light animation. With 48 pages, parents might welcome the professional narration option.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
The book runs a bit long and could use more interactive elements. Kids who are already interested in learning about Earth may have more interest in it.
Science content is informative. Kids interact with new vocabulary, tapping to read or hear the definition. For reading, kids hear the words read by the narrator or another reader, read themselves, or record themselves reading.
Very easy to use. Kids can move through the pages at their own pace, getting help with words as needed just by tapping the word.
What's it about?
In Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles, kids can learn about different environments, how the Earth orbits the sun, and other science-related facts in a fun story with the Cat in the Hat and his friends. On each page, kids can follow along with the text, tap pictures, and learn new vocabulary. Some of the illustrations are lightly animated, and a few are more interactive, like being able to push a car around. Ice Is Nice! is a fairly long book that kids can learn loads from.
Is it any good?
Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles is a good educational book app for kids. The topic is science-themed, and the interactive features are literacy-focused. The text is pretty much factual with a little rhyming to make it more kid-friendly. The harder words like "glacier" and "adaptation" are in bold and linked to the dictionary. So if you tap on the word, the definition pops-up. While the definitions themselves could be more kid-friendly, they get the point across and are good starters for parents to elaborate on and continue the conversation.
Ice Is Nice! lacks some of the wit and silliness of the original Dr. Seuss books with these same characters, but it's still an enjoyable read where the focus is on learning.
Families can talk about...
Read the story together and go through the vocabulary and definitions.
Use note cards or paper to make a science-themed word wall. Have kid write new words they learned from the book on the cards and post them. Can they use any of the words in their daily life?