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`Cat in the Hat' Coming Soon To CD-ROM


THEY do not like it, Sam-I-am.

They do not like Seuss on RAM.

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They do not like him on the screen.

They do not like him, sight-unseen.

Some educators aren't too happy that Living Books, a joint venture between Broderbund Software Inc. and Random House, will begin publishing the popular Dr. Seuss books on CD-ROM beginning next year.

Donald Roberts, chairman of Stanford University's Department of Communications, said there are important social dimensions to the parent-child interactions of reading time that don't translate to computers.

``There are a tremendous number of positive consequences that have nothing to do with the book being read,'' he said.

``There's contact, and a sense of security and a kind of interaction between parent and child that no computer can replicate,'' added Mr. Roberts.

CD-ROMs are computer discs that contain large amounts of information. Because they hold so much data, they can be used to store short snippets of animation and video.

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Living Books has the rights to all 48 Dr. Seuss books written by the late Theodor Geisel. They are expected to cost $40 to $50 each.

The Seuss CD-ROMs contain all the text and pictures of the original books. But children can also use a mouse to click on parts of the screen picture, launching animated effects.

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