A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Pages are turned with a swipe of the finger. One mode lets kids read out loud, and if they need additional help they can touch a paragraph to hear it read out loud. There's also a fully automatic mode where kids can watch and listen to the entire book being read to them, almost like a mini-movie.
Products & Purchases
There's no consumerism within the story itself, but on the app's menu screen there's a link to other Dr. Seuss apps for sale.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What Was I Scared Of? is a digital version of the Dr. Seuss children's book whose message teaches children to tackle their fears of the unknown. The protagonist starts out being petrified by a pair of green pants (with no one inside them!) but eventually learns that the pants are just as afraid of him, resulting in the two becoming friends.
Is It Any Good?
Although the illustrations are somewhat subdued compared to other books in Dr. Seuss's catalog, this digital version of WHAT WAS I SCARED OF? still offers many fun ways for kids to interact with the story. Kids can read aloud themselves, tap a paragraph to hear it spoken, or listen to a wonderful narrator recite the whole story while following along with highlighted words. Kids can also tap on the scenery to learn words. Some tasteful animations that sweep across the page to focus on different parts of the illustration add yet another point of interest for young eyes.
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