This was a special Christmas for my kids, as Santa brought them a new iPad! Needless to say, they were very excited to see all the possibilities that this tablet holds for them. I have been researching far and wide trying to find a number of interesting games, books and educational apps for the kids to enjoy.
I was give an opportunity to review a new children’s book which is downloadable on an iPad. Entitled The Tailor’s Tales, it is written by Elena Kharlamova, and features a series of stories and verses which call to mind classic fairy tale stories.
For example, here are the first few lines from How an Ogre in a Crunch Had a Gingerbread For Lunch:
- So, the ogre`s name was Gutton, An astounding horrid glutton; With two arms as big as trees, And some matching legs and knees.
Here’s another few lines from How the magic bowler hat could transfigure just like that:
- Once a jolly wizard man, Just as wacky as one can, Stopped by someone’s place next door For a chat and maybe more.
For the most part, I enjoyed these tales, but I am not convinced my kids would like them. The rhyming lines are great, and very conducive to reading for young kids. However, I found some of the language quite archaic, and some of the words too advanced for children. I will probably read some of these tales to my older son, but I am not convinced that the stories would hold the attention of my younger son.
The watercolor art is also very appealing, however, not all pages have a picture. Some of the pages are single space text, approximately 20-30 lines, with no images. Most young children are going to start losing interest in these pages without any pictures.
The Tailor’s Tales is an e-book which would likely appeal to children in the 8-10 year old range. If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, you can find it at the Apple App Store.
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