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All Aboard. Sony Wonder. 40min. $9.98. CD, $13.98.
John Denver rides the rails in this collection of train songs that covers a range of musical styles. The artist takes the listener back to the days when the echo of a train whistle evoked a sense of adventure and westward expansion.
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. Listening Library. 3hr. 2 cassettes, $16.98.
In this modern classic, Judy Blume portrays the physical, spiritual, and emotional concerns common to all girls on the threshold of adolescence. Laura Hamilton’s youthful, animated narration brings Margaret’s coming-of-age story to life.
Ballad of Lucy Whipple. Recorded Books. 5hr. 4 cassettes, $34.
Karen Cushman’s novel of life in the goldfields of California in 1840 is vividly realized in Christina Moore’s narration. From 12-year-old Lucy to the crusty miners and other inhabitants of the town of Lucky Diggins, Moore’s characterizations are delightful and authentic.
Battle for the Castle. Listening Library. 5hr. 3 cassettes, $23.98.
The Words Take Wings Repertory Company draws the reader back once again to the castle from Elizabeth Winthrop’s Castle in the Attic. The two young men who performed the main characters in the original work return, complementing the coming-of-age story perfectly.
Boggart and the Monster. Listening Library. 5hr. 3 cassettes, $23.98.
In this second fantastic adventure of the Boggart, the mischievous house spirit returns to help his cousin Nessie regain his shape-shifting ability. Susan Cooper’s humorous, exciting, and surprisingly tender tale is masterfully presented by David Rintoul.
Charlie Daniels: By the Light of the Moon—Campfire Songs and Cowboy Tunes. Sony Wonder. 40min. $9.98. CD, $13.98.
Step back in time with the Charlie Daniels Band as it fiddles up your favorite songs of the Old West. Sing and stamp along to “Git Along, Little Doggies,” “I’m an Old Cowhand,” “Sixteen Tons,” and seven other lively tunes.
Chuck and Danielle. Listening Library. 2hr. 2 cassettes, $16.98.
Andrew Sachs’ impeccable reading of Peter Dickinson’s book brings to life the high-strung dogginess of Chuck the whippet and her mistress, Danielle. Dry British humor abounds.
Coconut Moon. Squeaky Wheel. 44min. $9.98. CD, $14.98.
Green Chili Jam Band’s high energy and fine musicality are evident in this delightful recording, from the lilting title song to the wryly humorous “Lard (a Tragedy)” to the choral synchronizing of “Tic Toc.” Coconut Moon will charm children of all ages.
Crash. Recorded Books. 4hr. 3 cassettes, $26. School football star and accomplished bully Crash Coogan meets an unlikely match in pacifist classmate Penn Webb. Jeff Woodman’s superb narration of Jerry Spinelli’s story captures life from a bully’s point of view.
Giving Thanks. Weston Woods. 7min. Cassette, book, $24.95.
Chief Swamp authentically delivers this message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth, based on the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address and read in both English and Mohawk.
The Great Gilly Hopkins. Recorded Books. 5hr. 4 cassettes, $34.
Gilly Hopkins is perfecting the art of driving people crazy until she arrives at the foster home of Mamie Trotter, where she meets her match. Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Honor Book is given a spirited and heartfelt reading by Alyssa Bresnahan, whose characterization of each voice is right on target.
Harlem. Spoken Arts. 8min. Cassette, book, $27.90.
Told with love and affection by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, this reading of the 1998 Caldecott Honor Book (included with the tape) is set against a jazz background and captures the excitement and energy of life in Harlem.
Harriet and the Promised Land. Spoken Arts. 7min. Cassette, book, $16.95.
Ruby Dee’s rich, textured voice brings the inspiring story of Harriet Tubman alive. The kit includes Jacob Lawrence’s book illustrated in his rich, primitive art.
Lily’s Crossing. Recorded Books. 4hr. 3 cassettes, $26.
Lily’s plans for spending a happy summer at the beach are shattered when her father is sent overseas just after D day 1944. Christina Moore sensitively portrays the conflicting emotions of both Lily and her friend Albert in this recording based on Patricia Rilley Giff’s 1998 Newbery Honor Book.
Mick Harte Was Here. Listening Library. 2hr. 2 cassettes, $16.98.
Lubotsky convincingly portrays 13-year-old Phoebe, who recalls both good times and bad in Barbara Park’s poignant and sometimes irreverent memoir of a beloved younger brother.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: Lullabies for All Ages. Star Gazer. 42min. $11.98. CD, $15.98.
Kevin Roth skillfully blends traditional bedtime material with original words and music in this soothing lullaby collection. A reworking of the traditional prayer “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” such familiar favorites as “Little Fishies” and “Hush Little Baby,” and originals like the reassuring “I’ll Be There” comfort and relax listeners of all ages.
Officer Buckle and Gloria. Weston Woods. 11min. Cassette, book, $24.95.
Peggy Rathmann’s Caldecott Medal–winning book about a safety officer and his canine companion comes to life courtesy of John Lithgow’s droll presentation.
Rainbow Tales, Too. Rounder Records. 74min. $9.98. CD, $14.98.
Fourteen distinctively flavored tales served on a bed of delightful music and spiced up with energetic performances from premier storytellers make this recording an irresistible feast for the ear and the heart.
Redwall. Listening Library. 10hr. 8 cassettes, $59.98.
Author Brian Jacques and company enliven this tale of adventure featuring danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart. Listeners will be cheering Matthias in his quest to save Redwall Abbey.
Shadow of a Bull. Listening Library. 4hr. 2 cassettes, $16.98.
Eleven-year-old Manolo Olivar fears that he cannot live up to the legend of his deceased father, the greatest bullfighter in Spain, in this Newbery Medal–winning book by Maia Wojciechowska. Francisco Rivela, a native of Spain, gives a richly nuanced reading to this powerful story of courage and honor.
Shakin’ a Tailfeather. Music for Little People. 43min. $9.98. CD, $15.98.
This masterful recycling of old pop tunes and traditional material, from “Little Sally Walker” to “Shortnin’ Bread,” will get all ages shakin’ their tailfeathers.
Skull of Truth. Listening Library. 4hr. 3 cassettes, $23.98.
The skull of truth compels its owner to speak the absolute truth in every situation. When Charlie Eggleston, a chronic liar, takes possession of the skull, his life changes dramatically. This playful fantasy is narrated by author Bruce Coville and dramatized by the multivoiced Words Take Wings Repertory Company.
Sun upon the Lake Is Low. Lyric Partners. 58min. $10. CD, $15.
This collection of traditional and contemporary folk songs expresses the love and hope of childhood and will appeal to and enchant the entire family.
This Land Is Your Land. Rounder Records. 38min. $9.98. CD, $14.98.
These tunes tumbled from Woody Guthrie’s head around 1950 as he sang for his young daughter. Today’s children will enjoy these rollicking classics created by digitizing tapes of Woody’s vocals with those of his son, Arlo, and other musicians.
The View from Saturday. Listening Library. 5hr. 3 cassettes, $23.98.
Each narrator’s voice complements and expands E. L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning story about the triumph of kindness and cooperation over competition.
We Can Do. Performed by Jim Newton and Noel Paul Stookey. Celebration Shop. 42min. $10. CD, $14.
Jim Newton and Noel Paul Stookey’s performance of these songs for singing, sharing, and feeling good reminds us that together there’s no telling what we can do.
The House at Pooh Corner. Penguin Audiobooks. 3hr. 2 cassettes, $16.95. Winnie-the-Pooh. Penguin Audiobooks. 3hr. 2 cassettes, $16.95.
The veteran CBS commentator Charles Kuralt breathes new life into the classic stories of Pooh Bear and all his friends. Kuralt’s straightforward narration and rich voice bring out every bit of humor and humanity in the well-loved books by A. A. Milne.
Zeely. Recorded Books. 3hr. 3 cassettes, $26.
Lynne Thigpen’s warm, resonant narration draws out the subtle nuances in Virginia Hamilton’s reflective coming-of-age story.
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