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    Smile Finding kids bedtime stories

    The iTunes store doesn't have a listing for kids books, let alone a sub category for picture books/bedtime stories. Has anyone any ideas how to find such apps? I don't need games and interactive stuff, just nicely illustrated picture books. I have found "The Wacky Trainers" by Mellie Carroll, which is great, but I need to find more similar apps.

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    I remember a few weeks ago a member here posted about this and she is working on a website, check at this link.

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    On your computer open iTunes and go to the App Store tab. Over on the right are some quick links. Try the Apps for Kids link. It is probably temporary, but should do for now.

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    Call me old school - but I've downloaded a bunch of classic children's books off iBooks for free, like the complete Beatrix Potter, Winnie the Pooh, assorted tales by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, etc etc.
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    Many of these fairy tales in their original versions are rather gruesome and violent; you do have to exercise discretion as to which ones are suitable or adapted for more modern sensibilities.
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    Oh come on, what's wrong with pushing a wicked witch into an oven and burning her alive?

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    Yeah, but who said the witch was "wicked" to begin with? If a bunch of kids came along and started eating your home, wouldn't you have a right to defend your homestead?

    Seriously, though, sometimes I am wary of the messages that fairy tales are sending our kids. Like in The Little Mermaid (the Disney animated version), where Ariel wilfully disobeys her father and gets herself into trouble, all for the sake of a good-looking man whom she barely knows, and who barely knows her (esp when she can't even talk.)
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    Independence and self-reliance is probably the most common theme of children's books. For a child that is almost the definition of adventure, to face the world on their own and win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Welford View Post
    The iTunes store doesn't have a listing for kids books, let alone a sub category for picture books/bedtime stories. Has anyone any ideas how to find such apps? I don't need games and interactive stuff, just nicely illustrated picture books. I have found "The Wacky Trainers" by Mellie Carroll, which is great, but I need to find more similar apps.
    Amen! Kids search on iPad is very fragmented...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carisa View Post
    I reviewed one version of Hansel & Gretel recently and the story didn't even bother making the house tasty looking or having the kids eat it ... the witch just tells them to come in and do chores and they obeyed for no reason.
    As to alternative versions, I'm a huge fan of Bill Willingham's ongoing "Fables" graphic novel series on the Vertigo imprint - most definitely not the Snow Whites and Cinderellas and Big Bad Wolves that we grew up with - and I can't wait for my kids to be able to enjoy it as well, one day.
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