IPad App for the Sick (Lazy) Parent

A few weeks ago I wasn’t feeling too well, tied with a scratchy throat. It was bedtime story time for my boys and my little one picks out Dr Seuss’ book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”. I looked upon him in despair. For those who have read the book, you know it is 63 pages long, not quite what I had in mind for a bed time story. What to do?

In comes one of the best apps I have found to date for the IPad, the Dr Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” interactive book. Not only are the graphics and transitions beautifully simple (imagine Ken Burns effects on scans of the the original book pages) , the book reads to your children! Yes I said READS to your children. The kids can also press on the images and the e-book says the names. Press on Sally and the e-book says “Sally!”, press on the fish and the e-book says “fish”. Triple press the fish and the e-book say “fish fish fish”. Its very responsive and amusing.

Long are the days of stressing my voice. Now, I just click on the “Read to Me” button and sit back, one kid on each side, and enjoy that cough drop.

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