Our family loves to read. Not a night goes by that my kids don’t ask for bedtime stories. One of my favorite things to read to my kids is fairy tales or Aesop’s tales. I like how they use different situations to teach valuable life lessons to children as they hear these stories. EhonKids is a collection of stories and fairy tales from around the world that your family can access with a touch of an icon. If your children love to be read to, then this would be a great addition to your app library.
EhonKids currently has 18 titles, with 5 more titles added each month. The titles vary from classic fairy tales and folklore to other “modern” stories that your family will enjoy. Some examples are “The Town Musicians of Bremen” and “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” There are various settings that you can use for these stories that can help them meet your needs. For example, you can have the story narrated or read it yourself. You can choose to have the background music play or turn it off. You can also enjoy the stories in “Movie Mode” to view the books as a short movie. If you have Apple TV you can watch them on your television as a whole family!
This app is a free download with a 5-day trial period to see if you like the app. After that, you must pay for a subscription to continue to be able to enjoy the books. A one month subscription is normally $4.99 and is discounted to $1.99, for six months it is normally $24.99 discounted to $9.99 and a one year subscription is normally $49.99 for $14.99. I was impressed with the variety of the titles. Some of the stories are changed just a little from the original versions but for the most part stay true to the story. I also liked the fact that when you clicked on each title it would tell you how many minutes it takes to read the story. One thing that I didn’t like was how long it took the stories to download initially. I had to wait for about 90 seconds for the stories to download which doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you have a child waiting to read the story it seems like an eternity! Also, some of the time the app would suddenly close in the middle of the story and we would have to re-open the app and start the story over. I am unsure if these were just glitches with my iPad or if it is an issue with the app overall.
EhonKids is a great collection of stories for your family. The stories are good quality and narrated well. I would not pay the full price for the subscriptions however with the current discounts, the prices are pretty reasonable in my opinion. It would be a fun way to add some classic stories to your reading library.