The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories – Dr Seuss by Oceanhouse Media (universal) is a delightful collection of little-known tales by Dr Seuss. Little imaginations will be delighted with more nonsensical Seussish characters to love and entertaining stories with which to sharpen their reading skills.
The app contains seven imagination-inspiring stories originally published in magazines in the 1950s: The Bippolo Seed, The Strange Shirt Spot, Steak for Supper, Tadd and Todd, The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga, Gustav the Goldfish and The Great Henry McBride. Each story is chock full of Dr Seuss genius and inventive use of words. Dr Seuss lovers, young and old alike, will enjoy experiencing these lost tales for the first time in this content-rich app.
Those familiar with Oceanhouse’s well-establishes Seuss series will know that each story offers up three modes of play: read to myself, read to me and autoplay. If a child chooses to read the story to himself, he has the option to tap on a word or a picture if he’s stumped on pronunciation. The “Read to Me” option is a pleasant one – each of the four narrator’s voices is pleasant and suits the story’s mood.
Because these are the lost stories, the illustrated portion seems a bit unfinished. The same picture will often stay on the screen for the equivalent of several Seuss-sized pages of text. For this reason, these stories seem a bit more suited to a slightly older audience of children. Very young children who tend to be picture-happy may find themselves a bit bored by the lack of humorous characters but the tales themselves are sure to captivate.
If The Cat in the Hat is starting to wear out his welcome and your children are learning to enjoy the actual content of stories this compilation will be a fun change and a wonderful option for this week’s bedtime stories.