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Old Sep 26, 2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Dr. Seuss Apps Can Now Record Parents Reading Books Aloud






The Dr. Seuss iOS apps -- digital, interactive versions of childhood classics like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham -- have been updated with a terrific new feature for parents and kids.

Users can now record themselves reading the Dr. Seuss story, and then share the recording with family and friends that also own the digital book. If Mom or Dad are away from home on a business trip or deployed in the military, the app allows parents to virtually read their children a bedtime story. The reverse works as well, with a parent or grandparent receiving an audio file of their child or grandchild reading Green Eggs and Ham to them.
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"We've brought story time to a whole new level," said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. "Whether reading one page or the entire story, readers instantly become the narrator of their own Dr. Seuss book and can share the fun with others."
The digital books with the new recording feature are all available as universal apps for $3.99.

- The Cat in the Hat [Direct Link]
- Green Eggs and Ham [Direct Link]
- Dr. Seuss's ABC [Direct Link]

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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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Ha! Nice feature.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:14 PM   #3
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There is absolutely NOTHING not to love about this post.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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So, not only do you have to pay 3 bucks but you also have to put in the work and read the book yourself?

Just kidding. This is pretty cool.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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it's been done

It's been done already - copied from Hiku (a kids book in the app store)
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:24 PM   #6
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There is absolutely NOTHING not to love about this post.
Challenge accepted

I guess the OP didn't watch the video, because the kid is being recorded not the parents. This is a teaching tool, not a substitute parent (thankfully).
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:26 PM   #7
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This is excellent news, I'm always looking for ways to neglect my children.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:34 PM   #8
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This is excellent news, I'm always looking for ways to neglect my children.
My first thought exactly. But the military parents will benefit from this. I just hope it's not an excuse for people to work late and see it as a way to half ass bed time stories.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:37 PM   #9
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i dont like it. world is getting too digital. i mean parents HAVE to find time to real books in real life. or at least through skype or facetime with video.
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Oh, the places this thread will go...
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This is excellent news, I'm always looking for ways to neglect my children.
Dad in Afghanistan can "read" to his daughter from his iPad to hers. Yes, very neglectful.

Do you think FaceTime is neglectful too?
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:56 PM   #12
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i dont like it. world is getting too digital. i mean parents HAVE to find time to real books in real life. or at least through skype or facetime with video.
My four-year old loves book time, but we cannot sit and read to him for hours at a time (we already do books for at least a half hour before bed). This is perfect for him to be able to have us "read to him" outside of the normal time.

Quit being so jaded and realize that families might actually find this useful as more than a replacement parent.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 01:57 PM   #13
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my .02

its really shocking to me how many have already posted, equating these apps with people who don't give their kids enough love and attention... i'm quite sure that the vast majority of people who use things like this will be those with grandparents who live out of town, military families (who realize that on any given day one of these books could provide the last words a kid ever hears from mom or dad), people who love their kids dearly and also happen to be highly talented and in great demand that finds them on the road regularly (idk, anyone ever watch a football/baseball/basketball game?), or people like me who are dreading the soon-approaching day when they will leave to go to Africa for ten days to work in a medical clinic in a remote village and have to leave their growing-up-way-too-fast little boy behind. just my thoughts...
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Dad in Afghanistan can "read" to his daughter from his iPad to hers. Yes, very neglectful.

Do you think FaceTime is neglectful too?
Sarcasm is not your strong point is it?
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I guess the OP didn't watch the video, because the kid is being recorded not the parents. This is a teaching tool, not a substitute parent (thankfully).
Rebuttal. I would be DELIGHTED to have a recording of my child trying to read to me or showing me how much he or she has learned.
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This is excellent news, I'm always looking for ways to neglect my children.
Actually, for my 5 year old daughter who is still an early reader, it is very entertaining (and educational) for her to record herself reading these books, and then to listen to herself (while following along) reading the books. So, with parental guidance, this is actually a GREAT tool for encouraging kids to read and making it more fun.

In contrast, if you just sit and read the books to them yourself, in old fashioned paper book format, your child is just sitting and passively listening to you read. So what's better? Teach your kids how to record themselves reading the books (thereby teaching them how to read while also teaching them how to operate the iPad in a productive way), or you just reading to them while they fall asleep on your lap? Either way, story time always involves me and/or my wife, since I would NEVER just hand my $700 new iPad to my 5-year-old so she could just drop it on the hardwood floor.

I have to believe you just impulsively made that comment without thinking it through. Of course, any parent who looks to utilize the iPad as an educational tool would be able to greatly benefit from this feature. Only a lazy fool of a parent would use it as an electronic babysitter. And don't those dummies already have TV sets? Do you really think they'd use the iPad and Dr. Seuss for that purpose?
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Rebuttal. I would be DELIGHTED to have a recording of my child trying to read to me or showing me how much he or she has learned.
Rebuttal? We're on the same side, I pretty much said the same thing I was just going out of my way to find something "not to love."
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I participated in a service project that brought children's books into prisons. We offered incarcerated parents a chance to read the book into a tape recorder. Then we gave the book and tape recorder (with tape of course) to the parent's child for the holidays. The reactions were were exactly what you would expect as parents and children realized what was happening: the children could read a book with their parents.

Even without getting into the actual educational potential, this is wonderful.
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Actually, for my 5 year old daughter who is still an early reader, it is very entertaining (and educational) for her to record herself reading these books, and then to listen to herself (while following along) reading the books. So, with parental guidance, this is actually a GREAT tool for encouraging kids to read and making it more fun.

In contrast, if you just sit and read the books to them yourself, in old fashioned paper book format, your child is just sitting and passively listening to you read. So what's better? Teach your kids how to record themselves reading the books (thereby teaching them how to read while also teaching them how to operate the iPad in a productive way), or you just reading to them while they fall asleep on your lap? Either way, story time always involves me and/or my wife, since I would NEVER just hand my $700 new iPad to my 5-year-old so she could just drop it on the hardwood floor.

I have to believe you just impulsively made that comment without thinking it through. Of course, any parent who looks to utilize the iPad as an educational tool would be able to greatly benefit from this feature. Only a lazy fool of a parent would use it as an electronic babysitter. And don't those dummies already have TV sets? Do you really think they'd use the iPad and Dr. Seuss for that purpose?
It was a joke, I don't think I could have made the sarcastic tone of my post any clearer.

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This is excellent news, I'm always looking for ways to neglect my children.
If that statement doesn't convey sarcasm to you, then you might consider taking your own advise and thinking it over for a while.

You misinterpreted what I said and ran with it, lighten up already.
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It was a joke, I don't think I could have made the sarcastic tone of my post any clearer.

If that statement doesn't convey sarcasm to you, then you might consider taking your own advise and thinking it over for a while.

You misinterpreted what I said and ran with it, lighten up already.
Yeah, so...um...funny "joke."

I guess if I actually laughed when I read it I would have realized it was a joke. Sorry, my mistake.
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It's been done already - copied from Hiku (a kids book in the app store)
No one said they thought up the idea. Geesh

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i dont like it. world is getting too digital. i mean parents HAVE to find time to real books in real life. or at least through skype or facetime with video.
If you don't like it, don't do it. Don't let your kids watch tv, play on your iPhone etc either. Kids have to do all their playing outside with real toys. That is when they arent helping you tend to the family garden or milking the family cow (how else will you be certain there are no pesticides or hormones in their food)

Pat yourself on the back for being the perfect parent.

And shut the **** up. I'm the parent of my kids. As long as I'm not beating them or such I, and only I, have the right to parent them. Not you. So if I want to record myself reading a book for my kid that wants to read it over and over or whatever. That's my choice.
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Yeah, so...um...funny "joke."

I guess if I actually laughed when I read it I would have realized it was a joke. Sorry, my mistake.
Not every joke is funny to every person. It's called "sense of humor" because you're able to sense the humor and understand why somebody else might find it funny, even if you don't.
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In contrast, if you just sit and read the books to them yourself, in old fashioned paper book format, your child is just sitting and passively listening to you read. So what's better?
A lot is happening when a kid is "just" sitting listening to a parent reading an "old fashioned paper book format". Kids learn by imitating what their parents do. You want to teach your kid to interact with machines? Buy some gadgets and leave them with them. You want to teach them to interact with people? Read to them. Be there to see their reactions. Maybe (gasp) make up your own story. Kids aren't just craving "being read to", they're craving attention.

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Only a lazy fool of a parent would use it as an electronic babysitter. And don't those dummies already have TV sets? Do you really think they'd use the iPad and Dr. Seuss for that purpose?
Phew. Good thing there aren't any ******, lazy parents out there in America. Oh wait.
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