The Lorax is the latest Dr. Seuss eBook title to come to the iPhone and the iPad. It has been released, along with two other Dr. Seuss titles from Oceanhouse Media, to coincide with Earth Day next week. It’s perfectly suited for the occasion, as the story has a strong eco message and theme.
My daughter and I got a chance to read The Lorax on the iPad last night. Both of us are big Dr. Seuss fans (who isn’t?). We’ve enjoyed the previous Dr. Seuss eBook titles on the iPhone from Oceanhouse; so we were looking forward to seeing this one. Hit the jump for some quick thoughts on The Lorax on the iPad and a few more screencaps ….
The Lorax eBook have been released today as a ‘universal binary’ – one that contains versions for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad in one package. One main difference in versions is that the iPad has higher resolution artwork.
Here is a good summary, straight from the Oceanhouse press release, on the storyline:
The Lorax has been adapted for the first time to an interactive book format for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. First published in 1971, it chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, a mossy, bossy man-like creature who speaks for the trees, against the greedy, big-industry businessman, the Once-ler. The story recounts how the Lorax tries to save the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants from disaster at the hands of the insatiable factory owner. The Lorax’s pleas are ignored and tragedy follows. Hope for the future is restored in the next generation when the last Truffula seed is entrusted to a young boy. A Dr. Seuss classic, it also serves as an ecological warning that still rings true today.
You have three choices on how you would like to take in the story: Read To Me (narrator voiceover, you swipe to turn pages forward or back when you’re ready), Read It Myself (sans narrator), and Auto Play – which plays like a movie, turning the pages automatically for you.
Dr. Seuss books help children discover the magic of words and reading. I dare say they help a lot of grown-ups re-discover that magic. His words seem to dance around on a page and celebrate the sheer joy of rhyming and story-telling.
His words are presented well in this eBook. Their position varies on each page, and words are highlighted as the story is read (in the two narrated modes) to help kids take them in.
As with all the Oceanhouse Dr. Seuss eBooks, the original artwork is used – so the illustrations are as wonderful as the words. Pages pan and zoom in as you turn them, to highlight the lovely drawings.
The narration of The Lorax is excellent. The narrator brings to life the words of The Lorax, the Once-ler, and all of the story.
This was one element that was not present in the previous Oceanhouse Dr. Seuss titles for the iPhone, and I think it adds a lot to the package. It’s great having the option to read yourself, have your kids read, or just sit back and listen.
The Lorax is a great story, and one that offers good lessons for all of us.
Every page in this eBook on the iPad is a like a little feast of words, pictures and fun. There are different background sounds for every scene, lots of things to tap on for kids, like in a good pop-up book – with words that popup and are spoken when you tap on the image for them, and beautiful illustrations and narration.
The book’s description page says it appeals to readers of all ages. I absolutely agree. It manages to maintain the charm of the original while adding some features that nicely enhance its presentation.
Go Get It
If you and / or your kids are Dr. Seuss fans, this should be a great addition for your iPad or iPhone.
You can find The Lorax in the App Store now (links just below) listed under both iPhone and iPad apps – but both are universal packages containing all versions. Both are priced at $3.99 – a great price for obtaining all versions.
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