Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica are a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller supposed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Many of the stories, such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Ant and the Grasshopper are well known throughout the world. William Caxton published the first printed version of Aesop’s Fables in English on March 26, 1484. There are many stories available so we though it would be a good idea to mention a few iPad apps that you can view.
Aesop’s Wheel of Fables by AppyZoo is available through the iTunes App Store for £1.99/$2.99. Inspired by “Wheel of Fortune”, this app is a great way for parents and kids to enjoy bedtime stories. With tales of greed, honesty and many other moral stories there are also fun games to play with Aesop’s animal characters. Spot-The-Difference games are unlocked as a reward with every fable read. There is also a voice recording function for busy parents.
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Aesop’s Fables by LEARNING-HOUSE CO., LTD. is $1.99 at the App Store. Containing funny dialogue and situations familiar to children they can obtain knowledge by anthropomorphic animals. This app also helps children understand the meaning behind the story. Choose from 20 great tales including The Hare and the Tortoise, The Goose with the Golden Eggs, A Lion and a Mouse and The Boy Who Cries Wolf.
The boy who cried wolf HD by BeyondApp Co., Ltd is the timeless story of truth and honesty. Available for £0.69/$0.99 at the App Store. The Tortoise and the Hare by Inkmation is £1.49/$1.99 at the App Store and contains games and animations. Teach your child to read as the narrator recounts the story aloud and explore hidden actions by multi touch images. Learn the story of the tortoise that is continuously bullied by the hare and challenges the speedy hare to a race.
These applications are a fun way to teach children moral integrity and learn a few life lessons along the journey of great stories. Some may say that there are a few stories that can be a bit hard on younger children. As children get older they may use Aesop’s stories as common sense or a moral guideline.