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Horton Hears a Who!
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Horton Hears a Who! is a faithful adaptation of the classic children's book, using the original illustrations from Dr. Seuss. The book imparts a good message about the importance of people regardless of size and is narrated in a lively fashion. It also promotes reading skills by highlighting individual words as the story is read. Words also zoom up when pictures in the story are touched. The app is optimized for both the iPhone/iPod and the iPad.
Is it any good?
With bullying a common problem in schools, HORTON HEARS A WHO! teaches an important lesson to children about sticking up for people who are unable to defend themselves. The creatures that share the jungle with Horton (and who do not hear the Whos) taunt and mock him for his actions and ultimately try to punish him, but he maintains his watch over the Whos, underlining how critical it is to stick by your virtues, even when there is peer pressure to abandon them. The message alone makes this a five-star app, but the added bonuses of charming narration and wonderful educational elements, such as highlighted words and picture identification, put it over the top