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What's it about?
Sort through the 55 titles in the DR. SEUSS TREASURY by series, grade level, date written, or alphabetical order. Choose a book, tap to download it, and then choose reading mode: read-to-me, read-it-myself, or autoplay. Words are highlighted as the narrator reads or can be individually tapped for audio if kids read on their own. Within the book, kids can change reading mode at any time, browse through the pages, turn sound and animation on or off, or record their own voice reading.
Is it any good?
Parents who want easy access to some of the most well-loved titles in kids' literature will find this collection more than satisfactory. The digital versions of Dr. Seuss' books are faithful copies of the originals. Kids have multiple options for interacting with the text, including making and listening to personal recordings. Narrations are engaging, and word highlighting helps kids follow along as the narrator reads. Books have limited interactive features, such as tapping items to see them named and labeled, but that option can be turned off, which can help kids focus more fully on the story itself. Unfortunately, these reading preferences (e.g., sound effects, interactive features) must be adjusted in each individual book. It would be nice to be able to save your preferences across all books. Books must be downloaded individually, which does take up room on your device, but also allows for offline access. There are some features missing from Dr. Seuss Treasury that parents may like to see in such a digital library, such as marking favorites and the ability to see which books have been downloaded. Holding a real book in your hands and turning real paper pages is a priceless and important experience for kids. But, Dr. Seuss Treasury offers high-quality digital versions at a fraction of the price of building a traditional collection, and in a format that takes up much less room and is more portable. The subscription model is questionable, as there's no indication that the content will ever change or grow. However, it's worth checking out, at the very least for an introduction to the world of Dr. Seuss.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the books in the Dr. Seuss Treasury. Which ones are your kids' favorites? Why? What do they like about those particular stories?
Explore some of the themes that underlie many Dr. Seuss books for older kids. What do kids think about how faithful Horton is to his friends despite all the discrimination against him? What about the Yooks and the Zooks: Why do they hate each other so much? And what do kids think about the Lorax's forest?
Reading Dr. Seuss books are a great way to support emerging readers. Encourage your kids to read on their own and help them see all the rhyming words. But don't forget that even proficient readers like to be read to sometimes too!
How is reading a book on the screen different from reading one you hold in your hand? Is one more interesting or fun than the other? Why?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, respect for others
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (after one-month free trial, subscribe for $2.99/month or a one time purchase of $49.99)
- Release date: January 16, 2019
- Category: Books
- Topics: Book Characters
- Size: 99.70 MB
- Publisher: Oceanhouse Media
- Version: 2.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
- Last updated: March 12, 2019
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