Nana in the City

1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781490660042. digital download.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 3—When a small boy visits his grandmother's new apartment in New York City, he is frightened by all the hustle, bustle, and noise he encounters. Simply put, he concludes, "It is no place for a Nana to live." Nana disagrees and promises to show him how exciting city life can be. While the boy sleeps, Nana knits him a red cape—for bravery—to wear during their adventurous day. The cape works so well that the boy ties it around Nana before he returns home. Christopher Gebauer's narration is wonderful. Castillo treats readers to the story of an apprehensive child who, with the help of a loving adult, learns to conquer his fears and transition from worry to wonderment. The CD includes two tracks, one with page-turn signals and one without.
VERDICT A top choice.

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