Reviewed by Mary
The books in FarFaria vary from very simple picture books, through well known Tales such as Little Red Riding Hood or Aladdin, Aesop’s Fables and other Folk Tales, to new stories I haven’t come across before. There are a lot of books to choose from -over one hundred at the time of writing, with new tales added every week. As with any large collection of books there are some I like better than others, but overall it is a good collection with a large variety of books. The target age range of the books is two to nine years old, although the eight and nine year olds may find the stories on the short side. One feature I really like is the favorites section. When you are opening a book from one of the lands it takes a little while to download, but those in the Favorites section are stored locally on your iPad. There are several advantages to this 1) Your favorite books are easy to find. 2) They open almost instantly instead of waiting for them to download and 3) You can read them offline – this is a major plus for me as I don’t have 3G and use my iPad away from WiFi quite frequently.
There are some suggestions I would make to improve FarFaria 1) add a simple rating scale so that you can know by the cover what age/ reading level it is appropriate for. 2) Put the author/ illustrators names on the cover rather than inside the book so it is easy to spot other books by an author you have liked. 3) Add a parental control option where you can lock external links e.g. to share reading lists to Facebook, to email the company or to subscribe.
USA Today described FarFaria as “the Netflix of children’s stories”.If you are looking for interactive books or those with narration included, then this collection probably isn’t for you, but if you would like a large collection of picture storybooks to read to your children (or for older children to read by themselves) then this is a good value at $3.99 per month. I especially like the ability to save books to your favorites list so you can access them offline. They offer a 30 day free trial – to activate it simply download the app and start reading, the 30 days will count down and you only enter payment information if you actually subscribe.If you are looking for an easy way to access a very large collection of books to read with your children, I would highly recommend downloading the app for your free 30 day trial today and for ongoing access $3.99 a month is a small price to pay for the size of this collection.