This recording is delightful and leaves one with the understanding and appreciation that the land is always there for those who take time to truly see and appreciate it.
Reluctant readers and avid ones will be clamoring for this title with enticing cover art and an original story.
Robin Miles creates a believable cast of characters with appropriate accents and tones, voicing Willow’s grief, pain, and eventual hopefulness with great emotion.
Differentiated, African-inspired chapter introduction music assists in delivering this parallel story of two very different, but equally difficult, lives in Sudan.
Despite not lending itself well to feminine pitches, reader Will Patton’s deep, gruff voice is an ideal match for this atmospheric and eerily beautiful story.
This is a delightful bilingual romp, and teachers will appreciate the chance to compare and contrast the story with the English “This is the House That Jack Built.”
Listeners will connect with these comically drawn characters as they learn to be true to themselves and accept who they are.
The talented narration of James Clamp brings the story to life with unique voices, such as the hooded man’s slithering, gritty hiss, and his tones and inflections when describing inanimate objects.
Haus gives romance lovers plenty to swoon over in her novel (Skyscape, 2013), and her knowledge of music, specifically the drums, makes the story very believable. Kate Rudd’s deep, throaty voice is perfect for hard-edged Riley.
Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan explore the role singing plays in early literacy development and how audiobooks can be used to further this growth. From Janis Ian’s The Tiny Mouse to Simms Taback’s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, these titles make excellent sing-along picks for preschool storytimes.
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
In this funny, fast-paced tale of supernatural suspense, Jackson “Jax” Opus never thought too much about his color-changing eyes until strange things began happening to people who looked into them.
Rowell’s follow-up (2013) to the fabulous Eleanor and Park (2013, both St. Martin’s Griffin) doesn’t disappoint.
Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids. Performed by Alastair Moock and others. CD. approx. 38 min. CDBaby.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
K-Gr 5–When Alastair Moock’s five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, he began singing and writing songs with her. Hek realized how much the music brightened Clio’s mood and the result is this album, the goal of which is to bring joy to kids with cancer. Joined by several guest performers (Elizabeth Mitchell, the [...]
My Cup of Tea. Performed by Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band. CD. approx. 43 min. Sukey Jump Music. 2013. ISBN unavail. $15.
PreS–Gr 3–Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band’s second album is a diverse mix of original songs and traditional children’s music. The ukulele is featured throughout and pairs well with the guitar, bass, drums, and other nontraditional instruments such as the slide whistle, jaw harp, clave, and doumbek. Swedberg’s pleasant, expressive voice is often joined by others [...]
Gravity Vacation. Performed by Marsha Goodman-Wood. CD. 27:22 min. Marshagoodmanwood.bandcamp.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.
PreS-Gr 4–Goodman-Wood makes quite a splash with her debut album. The nine original songs are a unique blend of science and positive social messages encompassed within toe tapping melodies and sing-along worthy lyrics. This combination allows for numbers such as “Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes,” which teaches about self-confidence and the importance of non-conformity without being the least bit didactic. Science is highlighted in tunes about the make-up [...]
Gotta Be the Pants! Performed by Mike and the Mighty Magic Pants. CD. approx. 55 min. AV Café. 2013. ISBN unavail. $12.97.
PreS-Gr 3–Veteran children’s performer Mike Mennard’s new group, Mike and the Magic Pants, delivers a debut album filled with music, poetry, and fun to delight the entire family. By combining clever, easy-to-follow lyrics with fantastic vocals and harmonies, each song in this collection is a joy to listen to. Each number has its own flavor and tells a story [...]
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. By Kathi Appelt. 5 CDs. approx. 6 hrs. Simon & Schuster Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442366121. $29.99.
Gr 3–7–Appelt’s latest work (Atheneum, 2013) features a host of eccentric characters including two raccoon scouts, Bingo and J’miah; a 12-year-old boy named Chap who is grieving his grandfather’s death; and the Sugar Man, a Yeti-type creature who has been asleep for 60 years. The raccoon brothers are tasked with waking the Sugar Man if the swamp [...]