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According to Amazon, more than half of the content available through the service is "educational." Indeed, there were picture books by notable children’s authors such as Eric Carle and Chris Van Allsburg. But many of the books focused on TV characters such as Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer and Scooby Doo — not exactly classic children’s literature.
The videos included a lot of Nickelodeon and PBS shows currently popular with small children. I appreciate the inclusion of classic "Sesame Street" and "Reading Rainbow" episodes I loved as kid.
The same videos are already offered free to Amazon Prime members, though. You don’t need FreeTime Unlimited, or even a Kindle, to watch them.
You do need FreeTime Unlimited and the Kindle Fire for the books and the apps.
For me, $3 a month is a small price to pay to keep my daughter’s account stuffed with content she likes, so she won’t notice that she can’t access potentially problem-causing apps such as YouTube and Netflix. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that she’s is not watching the zombie drama "The Walking Dead" is priceless.
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