Published back in 1957, the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is considered among the top picture books of its time. It was adapted as a television Christmas special twice: once as an animated movie with Boris Karloff as the Grinch and a live-action film that stars Jim Carrey.
Along with holiday specials such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and John D. Hancock's Prancer, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a true classic beloved by children and adults across the globe. Now, thanks to some digital wizardry, kids can join in on the fun and experience the story on a deeper level. How The Grinch Stole Christmas is available as an interactive story book for iOS devices.
Feels a Lot Like Christmas
The How The Grinch Stole Christmas app is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch. It closely resembles the book as it makes use of original artwork. Of course, it also integrates delightful animations that make the iconic characters and scenes come to life. The interactive book also features narration, although older fans might notice that the voices are not the same as the ones in the television version. That's not to say that they are not just as stellar though. The new voice-overs do try to stick as close to the original as they can.
In case the choice to switch voice actors isn't something that appeals to you, well, worry not. The app does give you the option to record your own voice as you read the story aloud. This way, you can give your child a special bedtime treat in case you'll be out late. Or better yet, let them record their own voices as they read along with you as they wind down for bed.
Have Fun in the Snow
Aside from the award-winning story, the app features plenty of fun surprises for your little ones. Finding stars in each page reveals Activities to play. There are 28 unique games and 7 mini games all in all, including Word Search, Jigsaw Puzzle, Memory Match and Sequence. Once you've unlocked one, you can enjoy playing it anytime you wish by accessing it directly from the app's main menu. Think you can beat your best score and time?
For little ones who are still learning to read, the app has both an auto play and a highlight feature which allows them to follow along. Tapping words and images can also help them associate one with the other, expanding their vocabulary. The app records stats such as the number of pages read and total time spent reading so parents can track their child's progress.
Valuable Lessons Every Step of the Way
If you did not grow up with the Dr. Seuss series, then you'll be glad to know that aside from being enjoyable to play, this particular story has something valuable to impart your little ones. The story is that the Grinch attempts to ruin the holidays for everyone by stealing the Whos' decorations and gifts. The Whos don't let him stop them, however, and they still have a good time singing that Christmas morning. Eventually, the Grinch realizes that he made a mistake and returns everything he stole and has a good time with his new friends. How The Grinch Stole Christmas teaches kids that Christmas isn't just about gifts and material things -- its true meaning lies in their hearts.
It helps expand their vocabulary by teaching them new words while they play. It could also improve their hand-eye coordination with the number of mini games woven into the story. With the ability to record narration, auto play and highlighting, it makes for a great choice for early readers.
Fun Kind of Grinch
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is made for children ages 5 and under. It is available for Apple devices that are running on iOS version 8.0 or later. Looking for more exciting apps? There are many more officially licensed interactive story books for those who enjoy this holiday-themed Dr. Seuss tale. There's "Green Eggs and Ham" as well as the popular "The Cat in the Hat" also available for the iOS.