October/November 2018

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LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA Susan Middleton Elya Read by Laura Ortiz Laura Ortiz's narration of this timeless tale is a treat for listeners of both English and Spanish languages. Her singsong voice with its gentle tone fits perfectly with the lyrical story of a princesa who is put to the test by a protective mother. Ortiz flawlessly voices La Reina, El Príncipe, and La Princesa, seamlessly m o v i n g f r o m E n g l i s h t o Spanish as the plot swiftly progresses. Notes of scheming, determination, and charm adorn this fairy tale as Ortiz whisks read- ers into a magical world. Listeners both young and old are sure to enjoy this evergreen title freshly retold with a Latin twist and filled with easy-to- learn Spanish words such as numbers from uno to cuatro and adjectives like suave, grande, and pequeño. V.C. Listening Library 4 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781984829207 $5.00 Library Ed.: DD ISBN 9781984829214 $22.00 RESCUE & JESSICA: A Life-Changing Friendship Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes Read by John McDonough Narrator John McDonough's rich and warm voice is reassuring in this true story of a young service dog and a young woman who is a new amputee. Both are in train- ing—one to learn the ways of a service dog and the other to learn new ways of getting around and to use a prosthetic leg. With steady pacing, McDonough details the progress of both, all the while voicing the anxiety of making new friends and fac- ing new challenges. McDonough's pace increases slightly as Rescue and Jessica celebrate the successes they share. The production concludes with an author's note providing background informa- tion about Jessica, Rescue, and NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services), the organization that brought them together. A.R. Recorded Books 12 mins. Unabridged Ages 6+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781980000853 $15.75 (also DD) THE WATER PRINCESS Susan Verde Read by Yetide Badaki Narrator Yetide Badaki's light and gentle voice is just what one might expect from a serene princess—a water princess, no less. Badaki gently but urgently shares the story of Princess GieGie and her journey to the well for her family's water. The princess rises at six in the morning and then begins her walk through a dust-filled world. Shea nuts, music, and the company of other women fuel her journey. Badaki's e l o n g a t e d p h r a s e s a n d forcefully enunciated words underscore the drudgery and weight of the water on the homeward trek. Elation fills her voice with GieGie's first sip and then gulp of water. The produc- tion concludes with the author explaining the water crisis in Africa. Georgie Badiel, whose life inspired the story, also tells about her foundation, which supports efforts in her native Burkina Faso. A.R. Weston Woods Studios 7 mins. Unabridged Ages 6+ Book & Recording: CD ISBN 9781338243536 $12.95 CHEF ROY CHOI AND THE STREET FOOD REMIX Jacqueline Briggs Martin, June Jo Lee Read by Man One, June Jo Lee Vibrant L.A. will leap into the minds of listeners in this audio homage to Korean- American chef Roy Choi's path to street food stardom. The accompanying pic- ture book's illustrations are eye-popping, and Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Man One's narration has a style all his own, especially his rap delivery of the book's short cooking poems. Co-author and co-narrator June Jo Lee's bright voice delivers definitions for young listeners to bring helpful context to the story. Combine all these elements with various rhythmic beats, sounds of the city, and the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, and you could say this audiobook shares a c e r t a i n a w e s o m e n e s s w i t h R o y ' s Awesome Sauce. Listeners are guaran- teed to finish with a hankering for some spicy food cooked with love, and sohn maash. E.E.C. Live Oak Media 15 mins. Unabridged Ages 6+ Book & Recording: CD ISBN 9781430131007 $31.95 October/November 2018 n 65 Children & Family Listening

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