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Review: ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’

He sat on the egg for 51 weeks and has been on lists of children’s favorite books for more than 60 years.

Title: Horton Hatches the Egg
Author: Dr. Seuss
Developed by: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Platform: iOS, requires 3.1 or later; Android 2.1 and Up; Nook
Version: 1.08; 1.23.4
Price: $4.99; $2.99 Nook version

PreS-Gr 2-On an unpredictable journey over mountains and oceans and through the seasons, Seuss’s pachyderm struggles to protect the egg left in his care by the irresponsible “runaway” Mayzie. Despite rough terrain, severe weather, ridicule, and self-doubt, Horton won’t abandon his charge. His perseverance has resonated with generations of children who encountered the story in print and it will delight digital readers as well.

A professional narration and sound effects have been added to the original rhyming work (Random House, 1940). Sounds of water splashing, birds singing, and storms gathering, and an expressive reading enhance the listening experience for children. Words are highlighted while the narration plays. Additionally, children can touch objects on each page to reveal the corresponding printed terms in large print and hear them voiced. Navigation is simple with tips provided to explain the available options. On “Auto Play” the app runs 15 minutes.—Tami Genry, Helena Intermediate School, Helena, AL