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[seul-edu] looking for program that can read stories

Has anyone heard of a program that can display a story (or other text) in
an X window and then optionally follow along by highlighting the current
word and actually reading it out loud?

I have been using festival (for speech synthesis) to read text.

I think it would be fun or useful to have a Perl/Tk script (or other)
where a child (of any age) can follow along with reading a story.

It would be timed to slowly scroll through the text (for some adjustable
reading speed).

The speech could be turned on and off.

If off, a word (or phrase) could be selected to speak just it.

What do you think?

Does this already exist?

   Jeremy C. Reed