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FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS Monica Brown Read by Adriana Sananes Lively animal sounds and the soothing voice of narrator Adriana Sananes make this a joyful listen for kids. Episodes in the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo show her happy times as a young girl and her difficult time after the bus accident that left her permanently injured. Through it all, Frida's many pets and creatures, such as Bonito the parrot and her spider monkeys, named Fulang Chang and Caimito de Guayabal, were a source of inspiration and com- fort. Instead of focusing heavily on the depressing aspects of the artist's life, the author uses her animalitos to highlight Frida's spirit, curiosity, and imagination. An author's note explains Kahlo's artistic influence and lists the works in which her animalitos appear, so parents can pair this audiobook with images of Kahlo's paintings. S.C. Dreamscape 17 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781974919727 $14.99 (also DD) SAVING WINSLOW Sharon Creech Read by Kirby Heyborne Kirby Heyborne narrates the short, poignant chapters of this audiobook, imbuing them with the inflections and emotions they deserve. Ten-year-old Louie is saddened when his father brings home a "pitiful donkey." Its mother is dying, and it probably won't live, but Louie—in an act of whim, love, and optimism—decides to save it. In the next moment, he names the spindly-legged animal Winslow, and his determination only grows. Heyborne brings particular strength to the dia- logue—the father's pessimism starkly contrasts with Louie's cheer. This a story with additional heartrending layers, such as Louie's longing for and worry about his larger-than-life brother, who is in the mili- tary. Heyborne honors all the elements in this story, making it a hugely successful family listen. S.W. Harper Audio 2 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780062855503 $13.99 SIR CHARLIE STINKY SOCKS: Book 1 Kristina Stephenson Read by Michael Maloney Music, sound effects, and a hilarious, spirited narration by Michael Maloney elevate this collection of silly adven- tures to first-rate entertainment for young children. Sir Charlie will teach kids about courage as he faces beasties, ghoulies, ghosties, a dragon, a cackling witch, and—scariest of all—a princess. This production includes three laugh- out-loud stories full of magical forests; bubbling, burbling cauldrons; rickety, rackety stairs; and tall, tall towers with pointy roofs. Although the stories have some slightly scary elements, the scare is always humorously turned upside down, and our brave, honorable knight never fails to save the day. Included in this volume: "Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure," "Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Frightful Night," and "Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Dreadful Spell." S.C. Bolinda Audio 40 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781489456182 $24.99 (also MP3, DD) THE ROYAL RABBITS OF LONDON Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore Read by Mike Grady Narrator Mike Grady's deep, gentle British voice welcomes listeners to a tale that spans British history from the time of King Arthur to the present. When Shylo Tawny-Tail, the runt of a rabbit litter, uncovers a plot to compromise the Queen, he decides to thwart the scheme. His ancient and outcast rabbit friend, Horatio, blesses him as he embarks on his journey to the headquarters of the Royal Rabbits of London. Grady captures the story's intense action with a pace that keeps the listener moving forward. His character voices are varied—innocent, honest, and undeterred as Shylo, wistful and wise as Horatio, and commanding as Nelson, of the Royal Rabbits. Lesser characters, a French-speaking rabbit, a drawling American rabbit, and a gangster-like trio of rats, are guaranteed to generate smiles. Listeners of all ages will be delighted. A.R. Recorded Books 2.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781501954085 $30.75 (also DD) 64 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com Children & Family Listening

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