I guess it’s a sign of the times (god that made me sound so old!) but Aidan loves TV, smart phones and the iPad, I would love him to enjoy books, so when I found an app that incorporated both I knew it would be perfect for us!
I must admit I was waiting in anticipation to begin using it, like a kid at Christmas. Then the email came and I set up my subscription, to so much more than I even thought.
The app has hundreds of stories for kids of all ages, with 5 new stories added each week. Every story has a number on the cover which corresponds to the reading level its suitable for.
The books are also arranged into different genre islands, for example, Fairytale Falls and Mt. Make Believe.
Each story begins with three options, Read to me, where the app reads the story and you turn the pages when you’re finished exploring the fantastic illustrations. Auto play, where the app reads the story and turns the pages too. And finally, Read myself where you read the story at your own pace, ideal for children who are learning to read. My favourite thing about the read to me option is that the voice which reads the story isn’t a generic, monotone voice there are several different voices which speak with emotion and varying, appropriate tones.
You can also save your favourite books into the favourites section and they can be read offline, which is ideal when you’re travelling or out and about, and wifi-less.
Apart from hundreds of stories FarFaria also includes many educational books like, colours in french and numbers in chinese. And that’s not all, there’s even sing-a-long books!
This app has so much more than I ever expected and went down a real treat with Aidan, who bursts into floods of tears when I put it away. Also, it’s extremely child friendly with no hidden in-app purchases which most children’s apps are notorious for.
FarFaria is available on iPhone/iPad and Android, with several subscription options, or you can download it free and get access to one book a day. The lovely people at FarFaria have given me a 3-month subscription to giveaway, if you have kids who enjoy story time this is a must for you!
Good luck everyone, winner will be announced on November 19th.
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