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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn an appreciation for classic fables, fairy tales, and literature. As they enter these magical or imaginative worlds, kids may develop a love for stories and reading. Kids can gain familiarity with stories from a variety of cultures. With six languages to choose from, kids also have the option to listen to stories in more than one language, which may help them learn a new language.
Ease of Play
Navigation is easy. However, the developer describes some features that don't seem to work.
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Is It Any Good?
An eclectic collection of classic kids' literature has beautiful illustrations and good narration, even if the app's organization and navigation functions aren't super. The stories featured in My WonderBooks have been delighting kids for generations and are a good base for kids to build a solid literature foundation. Some stories are faithfully retold, and others are greatly edited and adjusted. Imagine telling Oliver Twist in 10 short pages, for instance. It's particularly interesting that kids can listen to the stories in high-quality narration from a variety of languages. However, it would be nice if the developer's promise of individual word translation within the story actually worked, as it could be a really neat feature for kids working on learning a new language. There are only a few things missing or that don't make sense. Other than gaining access to the quizzes, it's unclear what you gain upon registering, for instance. And it would be nice to have some more navigation features within the stories, such as choosing particular pages or choosing between "read to me" or "read on my own." At the time of this review, the app was entirely free, though it seems to be set up for a pay structure being introduced in the future. As it is, My WonderBooks gives solid, faithful treatment to a classic story collection.
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