If you’re a long time reader of Ruffles and Rain Boots, you know that we take reading seriously around here. My daughter’s library is extensive and not only do we add to it each and every week, we also supplement our collection with our weekly visits to the library. Elise (2.75 years old) has more books than toys and is encouraged to “read” on her own every night after we put her to bed. See what we’re using to make it even more FUN for kids to develop a love of reading!
Before we get to the fun, a bit of a disclaimer: I’ve been contacted many times to review products and I’ve politely refused because although there would be a product or compensation given, I’m not going to use this site as a platform for tons of product reviews. There are so many other places to get truthful product reviews that I don’t feel it’s necessary for me to include a multitude of them here at this time.
When I was contacted by FarFaria for a review of their iPhone app however, I jumped on it straight away. I have been given a trial subscription to FarFaria’s iPhone app in exchange for an honest review. Elise and I have been using FarFaria for months, testing it here at the house, waiting in line at stores, and even on vacation. I can safely say that we have given this a good bit of time to make a well-informed review. And in a nutshell, this app has become part of our routine nearly every day.
We’ve been using FarFaria for three months nearly every day and as I mentioned, it has become part of our routine for both quiet time and bedtime. Elise gets very excited to find the FarFaria app, open it up, and begin exploring. She’s almost 3 years old and works the iPhone better than my husband, so she knows exactly how to get to her favorite app.
The only drawback of having the iPhone version of the app is that some books are only available in landscape mode. This can make the font terribly small which causes us to close those books or use the “Read to Me” feature. However, I must say that with that being the only drawback of the app, we will be continuing our subscription.
Here are my top 5 reasons why we will continue our subscription to FarFaria:
The little one asks for her FarFaria books twice a day and we read between 3 and 5 new ones every day. There are more than 700 books in the FarFaria library with 5 new books added every week and displayed right on the home page. Running out of books will take quite a long time, even with a voracious reader like Elise.
And there’s no throttling, meaning that if you want to read 20 books one day and 2 the next, you can. There is no limit, and trust me when I say that has come in handy!
We’ve read everything from learning about ants (in Preschool Playground) to playful stories like The Frog Prince (in Mt. Make Believe). Elise gets to choose the books based on their cover thumbnails, and it has given us exposure to more books than we ever would have picked out at the store or even the library.
I like that there are a range of types of books, from classic Aesop’s Fables and biblical stories to some of the bigger animated stories, eg Beauty and the Beast. They are drawn with beautiful artwork and look nothing like the commercial cartoons, which I think is good if only to help expand the little ones’ imaginations. There are so many new stories that we really enjoy, both imaginative reads and educational.
Organization and Suggestions
The organization is stellar (we love the islands), as are the recommended books when you finish one. The islands make it easy to add a bit of structured learning to our daughter’s day. For instance, when we were doing our ABC’s of dinosaurs, it was fun to add in the book, Apatosaurus, easily found in the Animal Kingdom island.
In addition to the outstanding book classification structure, there are also reading level badges. They help to give you (and your child) recommendations for books on their level. We happen to ignore them however, and have read everything from levels P to 4. If you have an early reader you would definitely benefit from the badges.
Series and Art Work
Lucy the Dinosaur (and others) became instant favorites because my kiddo is a sucker for anything in a series. Just like you can get in a bookstore, online or in the library, if your child falls in love with a certain character, others in the series will be recommended after you finish reading one. We love that and have already read many series this way.
The artwork can vary from classically drawn and comic-based to modern and anime – it definitely keeps it interesting. We’ve had wonderful discussions about differences in people because of the changing styles and I’d say it is a benefit I overlooked until earlier this week when we read our first anime art inspired book.
There are no ads. Let me repeat: there are no advertisements. There are no pop ups; there is nothing to accidentally click (or for your child to click) that will show up on your credit card later. With FarFaria, you know what you get: a mobile library of hundreds and hundreds of books to entertain and educate.
If you want to try FarFaria FREE, just go to a link below and you can read one new book every day (with no obligation to pay)! This speaks volumes to me – FarFaria knows what they have and they’re willing to give you one free book a day just to prove to you that this is an app worthy of your children. Click on one of the links below to get started.
We received a subscription from FarFaria in exchange for an honest review and we are thankful we did. This is a fun and educational app that will grow with our daughter and it sends me over the moon when she gets so excited for her “FarFaria time.” Consider giving this app a try for free. If you have a child who is already interested in reading or you’re working on developing a child into a reader, I believe FarFaria will be enjoyed by all.
If you’d like to see how we’ve used books to educate and entertain here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, perhaps take a look at these:
Where we party: our list of link parties where we’ve shared Ruffles and Rain Boots’ playful creativity.