Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2010 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 11 yrs.
Developer: Stitcher Inc.
Producer: William Weil
Developer: Tales2Go
Platform: iPhone/iPhone Touch

Tales2Go is for any parent who has ever trembled at the mere thought of the question "Are we there yet?", for any child who loves to read but gets carsick, for readers who struggle, for the vision-impaired, and for anyone, of any age, who loves listening to well crafted and expertly performed stories - and wants to hear them whenever the mood strikes.

As of this writing, the library offers more than 1,000 titles. Works, from short fables to original stories to full length novels are performed by top-of-their-game storytellers that include the fabulous Bill Harley, the iconic performer Donald Davis, the versatile Diane Ferlatte, the gifted teller Jay O'Callahan, to mention a few. Audiobooks are narrated by professional actors. Choose stories by age, title, characters, theme, or most popular.

For those with an iPhone/iTouch/iPad, this couldn't be easier to use. And if, for some reason, the super-friendly UI isn't self-explanatory, the site's FAQs pose and answer questions calmly and without condescension. There is a 30 day free trial. An annual subscription for unlimited use is $24.99 per device.

Tales2Go uses streaming audio and requires connectivity. So if you're planning a long trip, and want to avoid meltdowns, make sure your app is covered.

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