Get Your Tongue in a Twist with Oh Say Can You Say? – iPad App Review

Oh Say Can You Say?, the latest addition to Oceanhouse Media’s growing canon of Dr. Seuss book apps for children, is a series of playfully torturous tongue-twisting vignettes that could only spring from the imagination of Theodor Seuss Geisel.

You don’t have to sweat it out like the bird on the app icon, exclaiming, “Oh my brothers! Oh my sisters! These are terrible tongue twisters!” unless you wish to. Thanks to the app’s auto play and read to me functions, the user may choose to have the narrator handle the story’s vocal gymnastics.

Oh Say Can You Say? is narrated by a young woman with a pleasant voice who handles the book’s tricky word play with ease. She reads with just enough emphasis, as if she knows the words are so flashy they don’t need to be burdened with over enunciating.

The narration fits the app’s structure well. The developers didn’t add a lot of extras, such as hot spots or other interactive elements to the app. Instead the app shows off the story by panning and zooming across the pages as the user reads.

Nearly every picture in the story has a label attached to it. When, for example, the user touches the clipper ship, the words “clipper ship” appear in text as they are spoke aloud. Not all of the labels are so specific, some are as generic as “dog” or “man.”

Although labeling the app’s images may seem such an obvious attribute that it should hardly merit mentioning, in Oh Say Can You Say, the developers use the labeling to take the story beyond where it could go in traditional book form. To explain, we must consider The Fuddnuddlers, who are “brothers who like to pile each on the heads of the others.” There are no less than 21 Fuddnuddler brothers, and as readers we learn all of their names, yet as app users, we see which brother is Skipper, which is Dinwoodie, and which is poor little Lud by touching each brother’s picture.

Oh Say Can You Say is available to download in the App store for the introductory price of $1.99 until September 4, 2011. Oceanhouse Media has discounted nine other Dr. Seuss apps including bestselling titles The Cat and the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham at this time as well.

What I liked: This kid’s edu-app shows a great attention to detail which helps it stand up to repeated readings.

What I didn’t like: The soundtrack did not add much to the story, but fortunately it could be muted through the settings page.

To Buy Or Not To Buy:Like many of Dr. Seuss’ books, the story is quite long, but Oh Say Can You Say? does not have to be read in one sitting. Most 3 to 7-year-old children will enjoy reading this app again and again. This is an unquestionably solid application, but there are already a number of similar offerings from the same developer available in the app store, so it’s up to the individual reader to decide if Oh Say Can You Say merits purchasing.

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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite