Fairytalez - Audiobook Stories
By Mieke VanderBorght,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Classic fairy, folk tales with cool controls, gritty parts.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids hear fairy tales, folk tales, legends, and myths from around the world. Some of these stories include a lesson to teach kids something about human nature, their community's culture, or acceptable behavior. The stories can also spark kids' imaginations and inspire them to think about the world in a new way.
Ease of Play
Stories are well organized and audio controls are clear and straightforward.
Violence & Scariness
Many classic stories include descriptions of violence or aggression such as when one character gets "beat unmercifully with a broom."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some stories feature themes of romance or marriage.
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Some stories have traditional language such as "ass" for donkey.
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Stories are accessible only through a paid subscription. 14-day free trial available.
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What’s It About?
Subscribe to FAIRYTALEZ - AUDIOBOOK STORIES to access the collection. Browse stories by theme such as Brothers Grimm, Cat Tales, Princes and Princesses, or 2-minute Stories. The collection includes well-known classics as well as myths, legends, and folktales from around the world. New stories are added weekly. There are also some full-length novels such as the Wizard of Oz series. When you find a story you want, tap it to listen right away, put it in your listening queue, mark it as a favorite, share it, or download it for offline listening. Once a story is playing, additional audio controls include a sleep timer, an airplay button to connect to a speaker, and a car function that puts play, forward, and backward as three large, full screen controls.
Is It Any Good?
This wonderful collection of professionally narrated fairytales covers lots of ground and stays true to the authentic versions of classic stories. Fairy tales and folk tales have long captured kids' imagination and played an important role in teaching values and passing along a community's culture. It's nice to see these long-appreciated stories easily accessible in one app. Families used to toned down versions of classic stories may be surprised by the gritty real versions. And though kids can certainly adjust to narrative styles, they may not be familiar with the language featured in these classic tales. Some stories are better or more engaging than others, and there may be some trial and error to find stories that appeal to your kids. There's a decent attempt at diversity with some tales from around the world in addition to the classic European stories. But, there's room for much more. Lastly, Fairytalez - Audiobook Stories has great listening and navigation controls including high interest themed categories, and the option to create a queue, listen offline, and save stories to favorites.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about story themes from their favorites in Fairytalez - Audiobook Stories. Many of these kinds of stories have a lesson. What do you think the story's message is?
Listen together and talk about stories that feature outdated themes. What do you think about the damsel in distress theme? Or how these stories depict romance beyween people?
Talk about the violence featured in many of the stories. Is the violence an important part of the story's plot? Could the characters have made different choices rather than use violence?
Explore more stories that cultures around the world have used to help teach kids important lessons or explain why the world is the way it is. Then encourage your kids to tell their own stories.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, Social Studies: cultural understanding
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, persevering, perspective taking, Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, integrity, respect for others
- Pricing structure: Free to try (14-day free trial, then $4.99/month)
- Release date: May 4, 2021
- Category: Books
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Fairy Tales
- Publisher: Fairytalez
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: October 7, 2021
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