And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

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Author's first kids' book a must-have for Seuss enthusiasts.





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Ease of play

Very easy to use. The app has initial prompts that show kids how to swipe to turn the page and how to tap pictures to display corresponding word.

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A button on the main page moves you to a page with the developer's other Seuss-related apps. There's also an info button that allows parents to turn the news feed (and sound effects) off.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the storybook app And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street tells the very first story that Dr. Seuss ever wrote for children, back in 1937. The story is about a little boy who imagines he sees whimsical things on his way home from school. It's a little longer than, not as wildly funny as, or as deep in meaning as such later Seuss books like The Cat in the Hat or The Lorax, when Seuss's signature rhythmic style was by then validated. Still, any Seuss story is undeniably more creative than most and the app is a well-designed experience for even the youngest app users. Interaction is limited to touching pictures and seeing the corresponding words ("feed bag," "flower," "man"). Sometimes the background sound effects are overpowered by the narrator's voice. One particularly enchanting features is the confetti that rains down the screen in later pages.

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AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET, like most Seuss stories, is enchanting in its rhythmic rhymes and simple yet colorful illustrations on a stark white background. And it's historic, too, as the first book Seuss penned for children. In this book, a little boy named Marco envisions all sort of amazing things on his way home from school, and Seuss brings all of Marco's imaginings to life with his illustrations. On this app, pages pan and zoom to keep kids engaged with the (rather long) story.

Is this the most fun, exciting, and entertaining Seuss storybook app available? Perhaps not. For Seuss enthusiasts, though, this app is a must-have in the collection, if for no other reason than it's his first children's book. After reading this book, it's easy to see how Seuss developed his iconic style that remains a favorite 75 years later.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:January 24, 2012
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Size:11.80 MB
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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