There's No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that There's No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System is an educational and engaging adaptation of the revised (sans Pluto) book by Dr. Seuss. In the story, The Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two arrive in a spaceship and invite Sally and Dick to explore space with them. Similar to other preschool book apps, kids can read along with narrated text or read the book themselves, and tap on pictures to see and hear the names of objects. There are great sound effects, and some of the objects can slide and move. The app also includes definitions and extra facts for the planets, as well as the sun and moon. Several vocabulary words are fairly advanced, so the book can appeal to a wide range of ages.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
Engagement, Approach, Support
Compared to many kids' e-books, there is not much for kids to explore beyond vocabulary words.
The interactive vocabulary is effective for teaching vocabulary in context, and the content is high-interest for kids.
The interface is very easy to navigate and doesn't need much help. No evaluation of learning is included, and no data is kept.
What's it about?
In this updated adaptation of THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE!, The Cat in the Hat invites Sally and Dick to explore the solar system, then narrates their journey around the planets, stars, and the moon. Each interactive page presents a poetic plethora of facts and figures, with silly animations and sound effects adding to the fun. The book reinforces reading through highlighting the text, providing definitions if kids tap bolded words, and showing and saying the names of objects when kids tap around the pages. Kids can also choose to read the book themselves.
Is it any good?
Kids will love There's No Place Like Space!, an excellent adaptation of the educational book starring The Cat in the Hat. The illustrations, like the included mnemonic device, play on word associations to create silly pictures to help kids learn and remember the main attributes of objects in our solar system -- such as the whole gang lined up outside of a dressing room waiting for autographs from the "number one star," the Sun. There is a lot to learn on each page, particularly with the definitions of bold words. The small animations, sound effects, and interactivity are fun and engaging, making the reader feel like a true participant in the adventure!
Families can talk about...
Take your kids outside on a starry night and point out some of the planets or constellations. Apps like SkyView - Explore the Universe can guide you.
Mark your calendar for upcoming astronomical events like lunar and solar eclipses or meteor showers. Kids will love learning about and witnessing these spectacular shows.