Fairy tales and fables with days-of-yore sentimentality are getting a modern reboot lately, and I’m so excited to discover the amazing iBook app from Brainy Fables, which is all about it, too.
The Brainy Fables iBook app
redux takes on a more timeless content meets critical thinking
mash-up for about the 5-6 year old set, with a collection of four stories–Marcelo the Fox, Horacio the
Piglet, Uxmal and the Great Pyramid Challenge, Mirta the Super
showcases gorgeous watercolor illustrations and offers up optional
narration in either English or Spanish (the ebook creators are from Spain, in case
you’re wondering where the narrator got his fantastic accent). While these really
are more like paper books than games, and they’re not all that interactive, there are
some hidden sounds here and there for kids to discover.
The point is the lessons, natch; those moments that teach kids
why the protagonists did or didn’t make the best choices throughout the
story. You know, good ol’ Aesop, moral of the story kind of stuff. And the good part is
that with you at your kid’s side, you’ll have the opportunity for a lot
of teaching and critical skill-building.
The only bummer is that
you can’t buy the fables as a collection. Each story has to be downloaded
separately at a cost of $1.99. On the upside, Mirta the Super Fly is
Download Brainy Fables ebooks for iPod, iPhone and iPad in iTunes. Download Mirta the Super Fly for Free. Learn more about Brainy Fables at brainyfables.com. -Pilar