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TOAFF'S WAY Cynthia Voigt Read by Ariadne Meyers Narrator Ariadne Meyers rises to the challenge of portraying squirrels, both gray and red, and other creatures as she gives voice to Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt's chronicle of a squirrel year. When a winter storm topples the tree, newborn Toaff finds himself launched upon a quest to find a new home. Meyers's Toaff sounds curious and thoughtful as he hes- itantly wonders about humans and their "white nest" with all the entrances, about the squirrels who don't always seem as wise as they pretend to be, and about the creature that barks and viciously attacks him. Myers's dogs are conversational; her newborn squirrels are squeaky and surely cuddly. With a gentle, unassum- ing delivery, Meyers provides listeners time to marvel at Toaff's resolve over his first year. A.R. Listening Library 6 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525624783 $18.00 Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525624790 $45.00 (also DD) THE RELUCTANT DRAGON Kenneth Grahame Read by Jim Weiss Jim Weiss's narration of this beloved story is full of his distinctive style and vivid characterizations. Leave it to Weiss to enthusiastically deliver the initial background material on the setting and history of the St. George legend. He then welcomes listeners into the tale with a voice that places them right in the story. His elongated words, pauses, and emphasis focus atten- tion on each scene—from the boy's wanderings on t h e d o w n s t o t h e n e g o - tiation between the dragon and knight and the spectacle-filled battle. Weiss portrays the boy as cheerful and optimistic, the dragon as easygoing and sensitive, and St. George as aristocratic yet diplomatic. The production con- cludes with Weiss's melodious rendition of a friendship song sung by the dragon and St. George. A.R. Well-Trained Mind Press 1 hr. Unabridged Ages 6+ Trade Ed.: DD $3.81 DREAMERS Yuyi Morales Read by Adriana Sananes From the first minute, it's clear this audiobook is special. Even without words, the lilting guitar music, the irresistible laugh of a baby, and the tin- kling of wind chimes set the mood of a young Hispanic family with high hopes. Adriana Sananes narrates this picture book's simple text with a positive spirit. With sounds of birds and surf in the background, she describes the wonder of exploring a new country. With trepidation turning to delight, she tells of finding the free public library. An uplifting and conversational author's note tells Yuyi Morales's own story of immigrating to the United States. The only thing miss- ing from this enchanting production is the artwork. Listen with the book in hand for the best experience. L.T. Dreamscape 15 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781974908196 $14.99 (also DD) ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETERS: The Questioneers, Book 1 Andrea Beaty Read by Rachel L. Jacobs Narrator Rachel L. Jacobs's dynamic voice along with expert sound effects and music combine to delight listeners who love Rosie Revere and her fellow Questioneers. Rosie, a young engineer, has been asked by her great-great Aunt Rose to help with a fellow riveter's engineering emergency. Along with friends Ada Twist and Iggy Peck, Rosie tries, fails, tries, and fails, over and over. Goofy sound effects will help lis- teners imagine all the delightful disasters and wild successes. Jacobs helps create a world of rich, warm voices of the charac- ters. Listeners will hear how to craft good questions, solve complex problems, and work to help others. The audiobook con- cludes with notes on the science of valves and the history of the riveters during WWII. E.E.C. Dreamscape 1.25 hrs. Unabridged Ages 6+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781974923229 $39.99 (also DD) December 2018 / January 2019 n 65 Children & Family Listening

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