Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles is a very enjoyable as well as educational app adapting the book of the same name, part of The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.
As the name may suggest, Ice Is Nice does indeed give a lot of great information about the earth’s North and South Poles, as well as animals found in these areas that children and their adults will enjoy a great deal.
As with the other titles from this series, go on an adventure with The Cat in the Hat, Dick and Sally as well as Thing One and Thing Two, who are all here to learn such topics as the harsh temperatures found at the Poles or why there are six months of darkness or perpetual sun.
I also really have enjoyed the information about the animals found in this book, such as how certain creatures are camouflaged with white to blend into the snow, and then become darker to hide in nature when the snow melts and flora blooms as well as great details on different types of penguins.
The author took a little bit of poetic license in the interest of Seussian rhymes, explaining how polar bear hide is made of hollow hairs, while the definition of hide is the skin under the fur. Yet this information, while a bit askew, does a nice job of showing how these animals stay warm in treacherously cold temperatures in spite of the slight misuse of the word “hide” – not a huge flaw in this science app.
Fans of Dr. Seuss books will appreciate how the original illustrations are always included within these applications using pan and zoom technology to draw the reader’s eye. I also enjoy how the books from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library often contain mild moving elements as well as items one can move around the page for a nice effect.
Simple animated moments are also included within Ice is Nice, thoughtfully explaining the earth’s orbit around the sun, demonstrating this in a way that will become quite clear to children, possibly more so than just seeing this demonstration in a single drawing.
Also included are a few words found in bold text that after being tapped, a dictionary entry is both seen as well as heard to further explain these complex words – a really nice touch and a way of including the glossary of words sometimes found at the end of these children’s books.
Although one has the choice to read this book to oneself, it has been my great pleasure to listen to the wonderfully conversational narration by John Bell, a narrator who really understands what he is reading, with a pitch perfect cadence, making this accessible and easy to understand. I hope to continue to hear more of his stellar work in the future.
As always with Oceanhouse Media apps, Auto play is available, allowing young readers to simply enjoy these storybooks without having to turn the pages – always a nice touch.
Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles is a great book choice for children as well as adults who may have been confused about whether it is warm at the South Pole as opposed to the North Pole, or the Arctic Ocean with Antarctica, wonderfully explained in this fun and cute science book for children of all ages.
Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Released: 2012-06-27 00:00:00
Description from the Developer★ Editor's Choice Award - Children's Technology Review
★ A great job incorporating literacy-focused features into a science-themed book." - Common Sense Media
Explore the animals and geography of the North and South Poles aboard the SS Ice Chopper!
Tap interactive diagrams to learn how the Earth orbits around the sun, or how polar bears stay warm in the snow. Crashing icebergs, swimming animals and blooming flowers bring life to each page and an instant glossary teaches new words throughout the story.
The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is a nonfiction series that introduces youngsters to basic science concepts. The titles explore a range of subjects, including dinosaurs, pets, marine life and outer space.
Recommended ages: 5 - 10
Two ways to read:
-"Read to Me" — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read. still allowing you to explore the interactiveness.
-"Read it Myself" — read the book in its traditional form and explore the interactive qualities
-Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
-Instant Glossary! Tap bold words to learn their definition
-Interact with the animated objects on each page
-Picture / Word association — tap objects to see and hear its name
-Professional audio narration and custom background audio for each scene
-This 'Universal App' is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad
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