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June/July 2018

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THE GOLDEN THREAD: A Song For Pete Seeger Colin Meloy Read by Colin Meloy Author and narrator Colin Meloy reads his poem for folk singer and activist Pete Seeger with a welcoming rhythm and warmth. Children and their parents and grandparents listening along will delight in hearing Meloy recount details of Pete's f a m i l y a n d c h i l d h o o d , music, dedication to civil rights, and legacy. Meloy's love for and appreciation of Seeger are apparent in his words and delivery, and the production's rhythms and pacing are reminiscent of the music that inspired millions. These words are meant to be read aloud, and Meloy does so with skill and emotion. Listen, pull out your favorite record, and consider the power of song. E.E.C. HarperAudio 9 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780062842053 $1.99 ON BIRD HILL Jane Yolen Read by Jane Yolen Join author and narrator Jane Yolen as she walks up and down Bird Hill. Freshly and crisply she describes what she sees—first a tree and then a trunk, a branch, a twig, a bird, and finally an egg- filled nest. She piques listeners' curiosity with additional tidbits culminating in the hatching of the egg. Yolen's voice sug- gests genuine pleasure in her ramblings and excitement for the newly hatched bird. The musical accompaniment is crafted for the walk—starting with loud sounds, including barking, that fade away to quiet, followed by the specifics of pecks and cracks, and then back to sounds of the wide world. An afterword by the author and information about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology complete the production. A.R. Live Oak Media 15 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Book & Recording: CD ISBN 9781430127994 $19.95 RICKSHAW GIRL Mitali Perkins Read by Zehra Naqvi Narrator Zehra Naqvi begins with the glossary of the Bengali words used in this audiobook. Listeners may want to return to these, but the story moves along fine without them. Naqvi engages listeners quickly with her portrayal of the sometimes-impulsive, always-caring 10-year-old Naima. Naqvi's accents and emotions convey the Bangladeshi girl's artistic talents, worries about her strug- gling family, and frustration with the gender-biased culture she lives in. When Naima disguises herself as a boy and attempts to help her father, she crashes his new rickshaw, adding to the family's difficulties. Determined to turn around the situation, Naima confronts traditional roles and learns the power of her artis- tic gifts. Themes of poverty, the benefits of microloans, and the many facets of Bangladeshi culture create a depth that makes this a great family listen. S.W. Listening Library 1.25 hrs. Unabridged Ages 10+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525624424 $11.00 Library Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525624431 $28.00 IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD Ashley Herring Blake Read by Chloe Cannon Chloe Cannon's narration of a family's escape from a tornado has the perfect mixture of anxiety and fear. When a tornado destroys Ivy Aberdeen's home, the 12-year-old manages to save her note- book in which she journals by drawing her deepest secrets. After her family is relocated to a temporary shelter and Ivy's notebook goes missing, she tries to discover who took it and is leaving messages writ- ten on her drawings in her locker. Cannon gives a unique vocal personality to each of the characters. She captures Ivy's uncer- tainty about her feelings for another girl, her loneliness within her family, and her moments of overwhelming emotion due to her current circumstances. A.L.S.M. Hachette Audio 6 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781549114908 $24.98 DU IZ TAK? Carson Ellis Read by Eli D'Amico, Sebastian D'Amico, Burton Fott, Galen Fott, Laura Fott, Sarah Hart, Bella Higginbotham, Evelyn Hipp, Brian Hull This delightful audiobook companion to the charming picture book will have little listeners giggling and learning a made-up bug language. Youthful voices for kid bugs, the deeper voices of older insects, uplifting and dramatic music, and forest sounds will draw listeners into the story of a sprout near a fallen tree that grows into a beautiful flower. Kids will enjoy deciphering a story of friendship, collaboration, creativity, and seasonality in this invented language, and all listeners will find themselves asking "Du iz tak?" as they observe the world around them. Listeners can enjoy the story with and without page-turn signals, and the audiobook ends with an original song celebrating "unk skrivadelly gladdenboot." E.E.C. Weston Woods Studios 8 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Book & Recording: CD ISBN 9781338242973 $12.95 This delightful audiobook will have little listeners giggling and learning a made-up bug language. June/July 2018 n 65 Children & Family Listening

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