Wild Fables Updated For iPad Retina Screen!

Wild Fables Stories iPad Retina App Update

All stories now have high-resolution art!

If you have one of the new iPads, you know that one of its great features is it’s super-sharp screen.

Artwork and images are crystal-clear, making it more fun to read and interact with apps.

Wild Fables has now been updated with high-definition art that will shine on the new iPad screens!

This means the images are sharper and the artwork is more touchable. You will be able to see more detail than before in your favorite animals!

Enjoy!

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New Fable: The Country Mouse & The City Mouse

Wild Fables Country Mouse And The City Mouse iPhone iPad Story

Which would you choose, a cake or an acorn?

Our newest fable has been released! In it, a humble country mouse is visited by his cousin, the urbane city mouse. The city mouse convinces the country mouse to come back with him to see (and taste) all the delights of the city.

What do they find there? Cakes and fruits and cheeses, oh my!

But the city hides a scary secret. Is such luxury worth the danger? Find out and go adventuring with our newest addition to the Wild Fables collection!

The Country Mouse and The City Mouse is available now.

Watch the video preview of The Country Mouse and The City Mouse below!

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New Fable: The Fox and The Crane


Not too happy with each other!

 
If you’ve never heard of this fable, you’re in for a treat! A mischievous fox decides to play a trick on a crane, and ends up being tricked in return.
 
 
There once was a Fox and a Crane

From jokes, Foxy couldn’t abstain

By the end of the fable

With soup dish and table

Each beast earned the other’s disdain!
 
 
Watch the video preview of The Fox and The Crane here

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New FREE Fable: The Ant & The Chrysalis

The Ant and The ChrysalisThe cast: a curious and judgmental ant, a silent chrysalis that turns into a soaring butterfly,and a snail who slides by with a cameo.

The moral: Do not judge others based on appearances

The price: Just right … and by that, of course, we mean FREE!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far in our Wild Fables adventure, and for all the wonderful feedback we’ve gotten. We appreciate it so much, and we hope you all enjoy the FREE new story in the Wild Fables app!

(did we mention this one is free?)

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Aesop: the Man Behind the Fables

The Dog and His Bone

When did Aesop first tell of the greedy dog? No one knows for sure ...

Most people have heard of the collection of talking-animal-packed fables ascribed to Aesop, but what do we know about the man himself?

Astonishingly, considering his fame and lasting impression in the world of fables, very little.

Here are a few facts:

1. Aesop was likely born some time around 620 BC. No word on when he first told the story of The Dog and His Bone (our newest addition to Wild Fables! Check out the video trailer here.)

2. Most sources agree that Aesop was born a slave, and was eventually freed.

3. No first-hand writings by Aesop have survived. As far as anyone can tell, he did not have a blog. Or even a Twitter feed! (have we mentioned you can follow us at @razeware ?)

4. Almost everything written about Aesop’s life has at one time or another been contested or dismissed as fictional. The Loch Ness Monster can totally relate …

5. Some scholars theorize that Aesop might have been Ethiopian, given his name. Many scholarly papers have focused on Aesop’s ethnicity–too bad we don’t know where he’s buried, or we could have Bones solve this mystery for us!

6. What did the master of fables look like? Some sources describe Aesop as fabulously ugly, though many believe those descriptions to be mostly legend. Ancient writings tell of sculptures and paintings of Aesop, but they don’t seem to have survived.

7. How did Aesop die? Legend has it he insulted the residents of Delphi and was thrown off a cliff. That tale might not be true, but it’s certainly dramatic! And it seems like there might be a moral lesson in there somewhere …

As you can see, most “facts” about Aesop are more accurately described as “tidbits of varying degrees of credibility”. Nevertheless, feel free to trot them out during conversational lulls at your next play date or dinner party!

Aesop's dog, with his bone

Did Aesop have a pet dog? The truth has been lost to history ...

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New Fable: The Tortoise and The Hare!

Hello from the Wild Fables team! We’re happy to announce Wild Fables update 1.2 is now out!  

In the update, the Fox & the Grapes is now free! Also, it includes a new fable – The Tortoise And The Hare!

In this story, you take the role of a slow and steady turtle who is brave enough to challenge a speedy hare in a race.  Filled with surprises and unique interactions, you’ve never seen this fable like you’ll see it here!

If you’re new to Wild Fables, we now have two free fables (The Crow and The Pitcher, plus now The Fox and The Grapes) and two more available as in-app purchases if you want to meet all of our Fable menagerie.

We hope you enjoy the update!

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How Many Fables Are There?

Most people can likely name a dozen or so of Aesop’s fables off the tops of their heads. There are the popular ones everyone knows, like The Fox and the Grapes, and lesser-known ones like The Dog and Its Reflection (that one is on our list to make soon!) and sort of weird ones like The Mountain in Labour.

But how many are there total?

The answer is sort of tricky, since most modern scholars believe that Aesop did not personally come up with all the tales attributed to him. In fact, many of the fables were known in some form before Aesop’s time (around 600 BC), so it’s hard to know for sure which ones Aesop came up with himself.

However, professor Ben Perry, who studied Aesop, created an index of fables that has become the “definitive edition of all fables reputed to be by Aesop” (from Wikipedia). Can you guess the number of fables in The Perry Index?

Take a second and think of all the fables you can count, and come up with a number. The answer is below (highlight to reveal)

584 fables!

Did you guess it? Did you come close? I sure didn’t!

There are even more fables in “Extended Perry” lists, and several fables not in the Perry Index at all.  The total that Wikipedia lists: 731 (highlight to reveal)

That’s a LOT of fables!

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Why You’ll Love The Wild Fables App

If you love stories, animals, reading with kids, or iPads, do yourself a favor and go check out this free app!

If you need a bit more persuasion, here are our favorite things about this app:

It’s Free!

Yup, you read that right! You can download the app and read The Crow And The Pitcher without ponying up any money. Try it out and tell us what you think!

It’s Got Animals!

We love animals. We spent our childhoods drawing them, researching them, and pretending to be them. Now you can be part of the story too!

Everything Moves!

Animals move, leaves move, grapes, rocks, and pitchers move! Each page is fun to explore and play around with.

Go on, the animals are waiting for you!

Need more convincing? Watch the video trailer!

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The Difference Between a Fable and a Parable

Have you ever wondered what makes a fable different from a parable? How about what makes a fable different from a fairy tale, or a folk tale? There is a lot of overlap among these genres, but here’s an overview:

Fables

Fables are stories that feature animals, plants, or forces of nature that have been given human qualities.

They teach moral and ethical lessons, like how to behave or how to treat people.

Since the main characters are animals, they are a good way to introduce serious topics to children. Each animal represents a particular human fault or virtue, and what happens in the story is directly related to the animal’s personality.


Parables

Parables also teach moral and ethical lessons, but they only have human characters.

They are set in the real world, with realistic problems and results. They often have spiritual aspects.

So what would a story be that features a human interacting with a talking animal? A fable, since parables exclude unrealistic things like chatty foxes.


Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Fairy Tales include mythical creatures, like elves, fairies, and trolls. They feature enchantments, spells, and magical items. They are meant primarily to amuse.


Folk Tales are traditional stories from a particular culture. They are considered part of the history (imaginary or not) of that culture, and often they seek to explain why something is the way it is (why the seasons change, or why the leopard has spots).

Why Fables?

We chose to tell fables in our first interactive story app rather than another type of tale because:

Fables are short. This means we get to make several smaller stories, with different animals and different interactions.

The main characters are animals. Way more fun than people, and they are cuter!

They impart a moral.  Who says learning can’t be fun and effortless?

When we were younger, we ate up fables like other kids ate cheerios. Since the main characters were animals, they captured our imagination, but the lessons learned were real and lasting. We just thought we were reading awesome animal stories!

Of course, we gobbled down parables, fairy tales, and folk tales in great quantities too!  Now that you know the difference between The Fox and The Grapes and Hansel and Gretel, go out and explore (or help your favorite kid explore) all of them!

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About Wild Fables

One day, the fables came to life!

When you were a child, did you ever wish the characters in your picture books could come to life?

Now, your kids (and you) can play along with the story! Wild Fables are interactive picture books for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

Each Wild Fable is a retelling of an Aesop’s Fable, with original art and tons of interaction! The first three Wild Fables are:

  • The Crow and the Pitcher
  • The Fox and the Grapes
  • The Lion and the Mouse

More fables are planned, so download the Wild Fables app early and collect them all!

What do you mean, interactive?

Basically, the reader gets to play along!  Rocks can be thrown around the screen, animals move as if alive, and if you irritate a sleeping lion, he’s going to react!

Realistic physics effects give the Wild Fables world life, and tilting the iPhone/iPad/iTouch will change the direction of gravity!  For a demonstration, watch this one-minute video:

We use physics-based code to make the stories interactive, and have spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the interactions the most fun they can be. We hope you like them too!

Why Aesop’s Fables?

Aesop’s fables have been told for millennia to illustrate moral values, and many of them are well-known throughout the world. Read more about Aesop and his fables here.

As kids, we loved Aesop’s fables because they featured animals, and were fun.

As adults, we like that they teach moral lessons … and feature animals. And are fun!

Is the first fable really free?

It absolutely is!

Our first fable, The Crow and the Pitcher, will be available as a free download.

We hope you’ll have as much fun reading and playing with it as we do.

The other animals and their fables will be waiting to meet you in the Wild Fables store. We plan for Wild Fables to showcase a collection of a dozen or so of Aesop’s fables.

The Creators

Ray Wenderlich

Ray Wenderlich is our programmer extraordinaire. He’s the founder of Razeware, which has already put out several popular apps like Instant Poetry and Math Ninja (a game that lets kids be a ninja while mastering arithmetic — math just got a whole lot cooler!), and runs a programming-centric blog. He likes sushi, gaming, and is a big fan of Kermit the frog.

Vicki WenderlichVicki Wenderlich is Ray’s prettier half, and our graphics goddess. When she’s not conjuring our winsome fables characters, along with whatever other art Ray and I ask for, into existence, she’s a ceramic sculpture artist and runs a ceramics-centric blog. She loves cheese, animals and long walks gabbing with her twin sister.

Andrea Coulter: that’s me! I’m Vicki’s aforementioned twin sister (yes, we’re identical), and I’m the writer of the bunch. I also work on concept and design development with Ray and Vicki, and tackle some behind-the-scenes tasks that aren’t nearly as fun to talk about as programming or art. I write novels and run a writing-centric blog under my pen name Lynn Colt. I love cheese, animals and long walks gabbing with my sister (see, I told you we were twins!).

And that’s us! We’re hoping to launch the Wild Fables app in mid- to late-March 2011. Sign up on the main page of our website to be kept in the loop!

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