Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss - iPad Storybook App

The best part of my job is telling kids about new and forthcoming books. During a booktalking session a few weeks ago, I announced to a group of third graders that Dr. Seuss had a new book coming out. The room fell silent. A boy uttered, "Wait. Dr. Seuss is dead. How does he have a new book coming out?" Good question, young man! Thankfully, I had this video interview with Charles Cohen on standby.



The Bippolo Seed And Other Lost Stories circulated before I had a chance to read it. I placed it on hold, but I am in position five of the queue. Last night I found the storybook app in the iTunes App Store. I had an entire conversation with myself about whether or not I should download it (most of it occurred inside my head). I wanted to experience the print copy before the digital one. After going back and forth for what felt forever, I finally gave in and downloaded it. You made the right decision, Mr. Schu!



The following features are highlighted on Oceanhouse Media's website:


Three ways to read this omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book):


  • ★ "Read to Me" — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
  • ★ "Read it Myself" — read the book in its traditional form
  • ★ "Auto Play" — plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages. Great for younger children!

Additional Features:


  • ★ Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
  • ★ Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
  • ★ Professional audio narration by four different actors
  • ★ Custom background audio for each scene
  • ★ Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of Dr. Seuss

You can download the storybook app here.


Borrow the print copy from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

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