Short Stories - Cuentidubi

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Bilingual version of classic tales; no sound, some errors.

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Educational Value

Kids will practice reading skills when reading independently and will develop listening comprehension skills when the stories are read aloud. The stories touch upon common themes and provide a launching point for discussion around key moral lessons. Available in English and Spanish tp support bilingualism.

Ease of Play

Very clear and easy to use. Launch the app, choose between stories written in Spanish or English, choose a specific book, and swipe to flip the pages. 

Violence & Scariness

Some stories have characters that can be considered scary or mean, such as the big bad wolf in the Three Little Pigs and the witch in Hansel and Gretel. 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parent need to know that Short Stories - Cuentidubi is a free books app that offers families a collection of classic stories in English and Spanish that grown-ups can read aloud to kids or can be enjoyed independently by emerging readers. In addition to offering a collection of books, the app also recommends titles for certain age bands based on the theme, language, content, and the values embedded in each story. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

SHORT STORIES – CUENTIDUBI is a digital collection of classic children’s tales. Families will find titles such as "Little Red Riding Hood," The Three Little Pigs," and "Hansel and Gretel," offered in both English and Spanish. At the time of review, 6 of the 11 stories in the collection are available in both languages. The remaining five titles, which include "Cinderella" and "Jack and the Bean Stalk," are offered only in Spanish. The app suggests titles for age bands based on theme, language, and values. Values tagged for the 0-3 age band include friendship and patience; the 3-6 age band includes teamwork and respect; the 6-9 age band includes humility, sincerity, and healthy diet. Each story combines text with a few colorful illustrations. To navigate the app, choose a language, choose a story to read, and swipe to flip the pages.  

Is it any good?

This digital collection of children’s literature in Spanish and English is great for parents to read to kids, but a lack of features and some errors impacts its quality. Short Stories – Cuentidubi is a useful resource for grown-ups seeking quick and easy access to a variety of stories that are appropriate for kids. Young readers can also enjoy the collection on their own. Families who speak both Spanish and English or are nurturing bilingualism, may find it particularly appealing that certain titles are currently available in both languages and can be accessed in one spot. The values highlighted in the introduction of each story also give grown-ups ideas of topics to explore further when talking about characters and events. For example, while reading "The Emperor’s New Clothes," families can explore the idea of humility and sincerity. These little suggestions help grown-ups tie the stories to key lessons. On the downside Short Stories – Cuentidubi there's no sound or read-to-me option, which makes it less valuable for emerging readers when a parent isn't available. Also, there are some grammatical mistakes in the English versions, which can make the stories a bit awkward to read and isn't great for kids learning the language and/oir learning to read.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about theme when enjoying Short Stories – Cuentidubi. After reading each of the classic tales, ask kids about the moral of the story. What lessons did the characters learn? Why are those lessons important? 

  • When reading aloud, encourage kids to visualize the story. Encourage them to listen to the words and try to draw a picture in their minds. Ask them what words help them create a clear picture of what is going on in the story? 

  • Talk about the benefits of knowing more than one language. Why is it helpful to learn multiple languages?

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