Tortoise and the Hare, The (iPad)

Review Excerpt: The Living Books have been reborn on the iPad. The first of three titles, The Tortoise and the Hare joins three others: Mercer Mayer’s Little Monster at School, Marc Brown’s Arthur’s Teacher Trouble and Harry and the Haunted House, and others are planned. Features include both “Read to Me” or “Let Me Play” modes. New to the iPad  versions: a table of contents  that makes it easy to jump immediately to any of the 15 pages, and two ways to change the page — with a swipe, and with arrow keys to manually advance pages. All of these new editions let you toggle between  two languages (English and Spanish) and the words highlight when they are touched, or read by the narrator. It’s worth noting that the original Living Books were the first to use both the “read to me” and “let me play” modes as well as speech-driven highlighting. Both techniques have been widely adapted in children’s language app design. Subscribers, please log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating.

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