Dr. Seuss’s And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is another great storybook app from Oceanhouse Media. I looked at the Apple version for the iPad and iPhone.
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! was the very first children’s book published by Theodor Seuss Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, in 1937, and this new eBook is being released in honor of its 75th Anniversary.
A young boy named Marco tries to amuse himself on his way home from school by creating a good story about all of the interesting things he has seen on his walk. His father always tells him “Marco keep your eyelids up and see what you can see.” Marco’s imagination runs wild, and a horse and wagon he spots becomes more and more elaborate, including an elephant, a Rajah, a traveling band, and many more wonderful sights.
Parents and children will enjoy the flights of Marco’s imagination — and may be a little disappointed in his father’s prosaic reaction, “Stop telling such outlandish tales. Stop turning minnows into whales.” But isn’t an overactive imagination exactly what’s wonderful about being a kid, and about experiencing Dr. Seuss’s wonderful rhymes and illustrations?
Dr. Seuss’s And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street can be enjoyed many ways — both little and adult hands can swipe the screen to turn a page, tap the screen to highlight words in a paragraph, or tap an illustration and see its matching word. Graphics zoom in to add to the fun. Holding a finger over a paragraph causes the narrator to read it out loud again. There are also helpful prompts that pop up on screen from time to time, suggesting the reader “tap” or swipe.”
In the “Read to Me” feature a young narrator, Marco, recites the story. Each word is highlighted as he reads. The vocabulary is somewhat advanced, and illustrations are labeled with words like “canopy,” “antlers,” and “charioteer.” Children turn the pages to advance the story.
Kids read the story on their own in the “Read it Myself” feature, where they can tap each word at their own pace. As in “Read to Me,” flipping pages in a side-swipe motion and tapping pictures for highlighted words is also an available feature.
In “Auto Play” the narrator reads the story and the pages flip automatically. Readers can still tap the pictures to see highlighted words.
Oceanhouse Media has made many Dr. Seuss classics come to life. The eBooks are fun and interactive, yet still respect his original books and illustrations. Other Seuss offerings include Dr. Seuss’s There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think, The Cat In The Hat, The Sneetches, and many more. The graphics and different modes of enjoying the stories encourage young readers to read — and then re-read them again and again.