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81. The Hobbit (BBC Radio Presents;
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82. Tough to Tackle
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83. A Light in the Attic (20th Anniversary
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84. Series of Unfortunate Events #8:
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85. Magic Tree House Collection #6
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86. Little House In The Big Woods
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87. Let's Sing and Learn in French
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88. The Teddy Bears' Picnic Board
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89. The Frances Audio Collection
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91. Animal Farm
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92. The City of Ember
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93. Tuck Everlasting
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94. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
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95. Down Came the Rain : My Journey
96. The Magic Flute
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97. The Roald Dahl Audio Collection
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98. Adventures In Odyssey Cassettes
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99. Leo the Lightning Bug
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100. Prince Caspian (Chronicles of

81. The Hobbit (BBC Radio Presents; 5 CDs)
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Asin: 0553455621
Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 42477
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort who lives in a cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon--and rather unwanted. So when the wizard of Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he's not entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls, beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves, Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave the dangers of dark and dragon-fire alone and unaided.

J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless and beloved tale is presented in a stunning dramatization that resounds with all the excitement of a theater performance--and all the charm of a vintage radio show. Originally conceived for BBC broadcast and produced by the world's foremost creators of radio entertainment, this lavish production melds a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring this magnificent classic to life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic story of pure genius & imagination
The Hobbit is, and always will be, a classic adventure appealing to children and adults alike. It's just plain wonderful and if you haven't read it or had it read to you, you've missed out. It's that simple. Read it, listen to it or bribe someone into reading it to you. Buy it and save it for your grand kids. If you only own one book, this is the one to own.

(of course after you've read it you'll realize that now you have to run out and get the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy) Sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic
I can barely believe there are those that think this book too boring & pointless. First off, the book is barely 300 pages long, if that. Secondly, it has a point, and that's to tell a engaging story. I guess some people just don't get it or go in for this kind of thing. Pointless and boring? You haven't seen such till you read certain volumes of Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time series. For me, this book is like a doorway into another world. A wizard, a hobbit and a group of dwarves go on a quest to oust a dragon from their mountain and run into orcs, wolves and spiders on the way? Jeez, what could be cooler? I found it engrossing every step of the way. The only criticism I would have for the book might be that the latter part of the book takes an abruptly more serious tone than the first half of the book, but that's only fitting since it prepares for the more serious tone of Lord of the Rings. This book is Classic Fantasy. For the number of reviews that wanted to give this book 0 stars, even if they are only a handful, I give this book 10 stars.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not anything to jump at...
I recommend the Mind's Eye dramatization of this. At least Mind's Eye gets the pronunciation of names correct. GahLOOM for Gollum? All it takes is listening to Tolkien himself reading "Riddles in the Dark" (I recommend the Tolkien Audio Collection) to know that these producers didn't do their homework. Also, the split narrative is a bit distracting, and Bilbo's constant hemming and hawing makes him sound like he has a mental condition. The voice casting leaves MUCH to be desired as well. Gandalf (or GawnDAWLF as they mispronounce it) sounds awful! This actor would be interesting as Wormtongue in LOTR, but as Gandalf - PTOOIE! The script is not badly written, although they emphasize some WEIRD things in the plot, like an overlong description of Elrond.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow...
This telling of the classic story seems to have had good intentions, however the attempt to bring the action to life through the use of actors portraying elves, dwarfs etc. leaves the listener confused as to who is saying what and exactly what is going on in the story. Having not read to book I found myself having to listen and re-listen to certain portions to prevent losing the plot in all the ruckus and jabbering voices. Additionally, many of the main charactor voices sounded so similar that it was hard to know who was speaking. For fans already familiar with the story or children who may enjoy the sound effects this could be a good option, but for those wanting to hear the plot unfold unencumbered the classic reading would definitely be a better choice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Totally makes fun of Tolkien
I got this out hoping it would be like The Lord of the Rings dramas by BBC. Boy was I wrong! The music was horrendous. Gandalf didn't sound old or wise like he should. He sounds like most of the dwarves!! (and they don't husky voice like they should.) Some of the names weren't pronounce right. Thorin was Toreen and Gollum was Golloom. BBC where did you go wrong!! And LOTR was the earlier one. Stick to that and listen to the Rob Inglis reading of this book! ... Read more

82. Tough to Tackle
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Asin: 0807275840
Catlog: Book (2000-02-29)
Publisher: Listening Library
Sales Rank: 594166
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Read by a full cast
Two cassettes / One hour 34 mins.

More than anything Boots Raymond wants to be a quarterback for the Apollos.But because of his size,the coach assigns him to a tackle position.

Boots rebels and almost quits the team, but his brother intercepts and teaches Boots the valuable lessons about commitment and teamwork that he learned from being a soldier in Vietnam.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal book
Boots Raymond is a boy that want to play quarterback for his team - there's just one problem - the coach says he's too heavy to play that position.The coach assigns him to right tackle.His brother, Tom, is actually the one that encourages him to play football because he wants to quit.His brother explains that it's good to play the line because you help the quarterback make the plays.I like this book because it's very exciting, and I understand how it feels to play a position that you don't like.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves sports or who plays tackle football!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tough To Tackle
Tough To Tackle is a book about a boy named Boots, who wants to be on the Apollos football team.When he goes to the coach he said that he wants to be a quarterback, and the choach said that he was too heavy.His brother was in the war and "Boots" wrote to him about how he was playing the line.Will he quit?Read the book Tough To Tackle to find out.
I read the book Tough To Tackle because I like reading about sports.I also like reading Matt Christopher books.Once I started reading it I couldn't stop.I suggest that everyone should read this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Tough to .... Read
This book was just pages and pages on details about 4 football games (plays called, players names)The actual story, about a boy who doesn't know if he wants to play or not because he's a tackle and not the quarterback encompassed about 10 pages of the book.The moral is a good one but it is just too difficult to get through 20 pages at a time about how much time is left or who ran which way.I know quite a bit about football and still wasn't interested.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tough To Tackle
Tough To tackle, by Matt Christopher, is one of his books about sports. This type of book is a realistic fiction book so it's not true but it can happen.

This story takes place on a football field and happens from the months of September and October. Matt Christopher helps us know the characters by telling us what the characters do and how they act. The major conflict is that a boy named Boots Raymond really wants to play quarterback for his team called the Apollos, but Coach Hayes said that he's too heavy to play quarterback so he puts him on right tackle. Will Boots ever improve on his position? Matt Christopher's writing style interest me because he likes to write about sports all the time.

This book would be great for 9-11 year old kids because this book is interesting and I would recommend it.I'd give this book a 4/5. A person that likes sports would like this book. So to find out if Boots will ever improve on his position, go get this book now at your local library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tough To Tackle
Tough To tackle, by Matt Christopher, is one of his books about sports. This type of book is a realistic fiction book so it's not true but it can happen.

This story takes place on a football field and happens from the months of September and October. Matt Christopher helps us know the characters by telling us what the characters do and how they act. The major conflict is that a boy named Boots Raymond really wants to play quarterback for his team called the Apollos, but Coach Hayes said that he's too heavy to play quarterback so he puts him on right tackle. Will Boots ever improve on his position? Matt Christopher's writing style interest me because he likes to write about sports all the time.

This book would be great for 9-11 year old kids because this book is interesting and I would recommend it.I'd give this book a 4/5. A person that likes sports would like this book. So to find out if Boots will ever improve on his position, go get this book now at your local library. ... Read more

83. A Light in the Attic (20th Anniversary Edition Book & CD)
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Asin: 0066236177
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 11465
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For over 20 years, kids and kids at heart have giggled at the jumbled,goofy nonsense poems of Shel Silverstein. And now, lucky readers canlisten to his mad meanderings as well with this 20th anniversary editionof A Light in the Attic, which includes a CD read by the author himself.Eleven classics, including "Twistable, Turnable Man," "The Dragon of GrindlyGrun," "Prehistoric," and "Backward Bill" are performed by the late virtuoso ofverse, while the tremendously popular book contains every one of the originalpoems that made Silverstein's name a household word: "Poemsicle," "Hula Eel,""Standing Is Stupid," "Moon-Catchin' Net," "Meehoo with an Exactlywatt," anddozens upon dozens more. Silverstein's amusing, cartoonish line drawings areevery bit as familiar and beloved to readers as his poems. Gone, but notforgotten, the creator of the irresistible poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends andFalling Up, left anindelible mark on children's poetry. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

84. Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital CD (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 8)
by Lemony Snicket
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Asin: 006056623X
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: HarperChildrensAudio
Sales Rank: 23339
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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Dear Listener,

This audio is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful audios in the world.

There are many pleasant things to listen to, but this audio contains not one of them. Within it are such gruesome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to hear about such things.

I also shouldn't mention the interactive features of the CD, which include:

A perplexing word game • Photos from The Lemony Snicket Archives • Art from The Brett Helquist gallery

I have sworn to research and record this story as best I can, so I should know that this audio is something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital/ Series of Unfortunate Events.
In the eighth book of the Series of Unfortunate Events, what else can be expected but woe and mystery? Due to some extremely incorrect publishing in a newspaper, the whole world now believes that the Baudelaire orphans are dangerous murders. However, nothing could be further from the truth since Klaus, Violet and Sunny are no less murders than you or me.
Taking refuge in a hospital, the orphans are forced to disguise them selves as V.F.D's (Volunteers Fighting Disease)! Of course, wherever the orphans go, Count Olaf follows and this time he has devised another disastrous scheme.

As I thoroughly enjoyed all the other books in the Series of Unfortunate Events, I enjoyed this book just as much. All of Lemony Snicket's books seem to follow a certain format, orphans find a new home (and when Mr. Poe is there he hardly stays to say hello to the orphan's unfortunate guardian,) Count Olaf makes his stinking appearance, none of the adults can see through Count Olaf's stupid disguise and the Baudelaires are forced to get out of their dilemma on their own.
I hear this book contains ' misleading newspaper headlines, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anaesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about such things, ' as Mr. Snicket so kindly put it.

As well as telling the woeful tale of the Baudelaire orphans, Lemony Snicket slowly is revealing his own life's tale. Such as how his dearly beloved Beatrice died, something horrible that still makes him cry at night about Count Olaf, and something I am dieing to know about, the mysterious Jacques Snicket who was killed in 'The Vile Village'. As well as the mysterious V.F.D, and whether the Baudelaire orphans will ever see the Quagmire triplets again! Perhaps the last book in the series will explain all these loose ends!

I congratulate Lemony Snicket on producing such an intriguing tale when his when life is filled with misery. I recommend this book for all ages- anyone who would find it interesting!

5-0 out of 5 stars The not so Hospitable Hospital
In the 8th book,The Hostile Hospital is an extrodinary book that has lots of action and mystery. The only thing the Baudelaire children have left from their friends, the Quaqmires, is a notebook with a page that says V.F.D. What does it mean? When Violet gets into the greedy hands of Count Olaf what is Klaus and Sunny going to do? Is she going to be rescued or stay forever in Count Olafs hands. In this book, Lemony Snicket gives us more information about how the Baudelaire children became orphans. He also hints that they may not be orphans after all. Yet, do not start with this book if you have never read books one through seven first. Lemony Snicket continues to make each book more mysterious then the one before it. I would recommend this book because it gave me a lot of information about the kids but also left me wondering. When the children find a paper related to their family in the hospital records, I thought that they would get the chance to find more family but instead they find the papers gone except for one page (13). This starts them on a new quest but first they must survive Count Olaf who plans to kill Violet and Klaus. To do this they must also figure out the mystery of the fire that was supposed to have killed their parents.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital
The Hostile Hospital is a great and exciting book. It is about three children named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny who don't have parents anymore. Their parents died in a fire and now our living with relatives. These children also have a evil man after them named Count Olaf who is after their fortune. When ever they are with another person Count Olaf always shows up. The Hostile Hospital keeps you interested the whole time you read it.Can Violet, Klaus, and Sunny survive Count Olaf?

5-0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and unpleasant
This is the eighth in a series of stories about unfortunate events that happen to the Baudelaires, three siblings who live by themselves after their parents die. They encounter many different adventures and misfortunes. I particularly liked this story because the plot kept me really interested and enthusiastic about reading more! This is a great option for readers who have not read any of the stories in this series. In this story, "The Hostile Hospital," one of the Baudelaires is held hostage in a hospital while her siblings try to save her.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital
The Hostile Hospital
By:Lemony Snicket
Reviewed By: M. Diaz
Period: 6

LIke all the other books it all started when a fire had killed their parents. So their parent's fortune was sent to them. They were sent to Mr.Poe who, then sent were sent to a guy named Count Olaf. In this book there is a murder a guy got killed. Then Count Olaf frames it on the three children. The Children ran away they didn't bother telling anyone because they knew no one would believe them. As the police were chasing them in the middle of no where they come across a store called the last chance general store. Because it was really the only store left. So they went in and there were so much stuff. They asked the storeowner if they could send a telegram. The storeowner said yes, and said do you have money they said no it's an emergency so he said ok it's for free. They telegrammed Mr. Poe telling him what had happened. Then a newspaper called the Daily Poncho. The children knew that they were in the front page. So they ran for because they knew they wouldn't believe them. They were saved because a group called the V.F.D came and they went in the van. The V.F.D. is an organization the sings for sick people in the hospital. When the V.F.D notices them Violet says her name is Sally. But the leader of the group says we don't need names we just call it other brother and sister. They go to the hospital and they were looking for volunteers to work in the file room. You're going to have to read the book for the rest.
I loved the book so much. This is my favorite book out of the whole series. It always keeps you guessing until the end. Here is one of the quotes "Oh no they've captured Violet" that's were the book gets really interesting. Here's another quote "Sunny please open the alphabet soup", I know it sounds weird but here it gets really interesting. This book will make you be at the edge of your sit till the end. I love this book because it never gets dull. After each book you just want to read more.
My favorite part of the whole book is in the operating room. In that scene you don't know what, going to happen. Also you can't believe what's going to happen. That scene is just the start of it. That's why it's my favorite part. ... Read more

85. Magic Tree House Collection #6 : Books 21-24 (Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic Tree House Series.)
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Asin: 0807209139
Catlog: Book (2002-09-24)
Publisher: Imagination Studio
Sales Rank: 40963
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Read by the author
approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes
2 cassettes

In this sixth volume of the best-selling audio series, Jack and Annie are whisked back in time to the Civil War where they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton; join General George Washington during the Revolutionary War as his army leads a sneak attack against their enemy; attend school in a one-room school house in the 1870s; and experience the famous San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

Volume 6 includes:
Magic Tree House #21: Civil War on Sunday
Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday
Magic Tree House #24: Earthquake in the Early Morning
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5-0 out of 5 stars A pleased parent
I cannot believe how my son is reading! I bought him the first 8 books for Christmas and by New Years he had read all but one - on his own! He'd rather books than movies!

5-0 out of 5 stars Afternoon on the Amazon - book #6
Meet Jack and Annie. Jack is an eight year old boy who seeks adventure. In every trip, Jack takes notes to learn more interesting facts. He carries his little backpack almost everywhere with his useful supplies inside. Annie is Jack's little sister. Annie is just one year younger than Jack. These two siblings have great times together in many different places. Annie is a sweet, honest, considerate girl who looks up to Jack.

Jack and Annie go lots of places, in lots of different times, helping others in their time, in the present and in the past. For example, in another book, in the same series (Magic Tree House Series) I read a book about Jack and Annie with George Washington! That was a long time ago!

Afternoon on the Amazon is an exciting book about Jack and Annie who try to help Morgan le Fay by finding four special things. (Everything they find starts with "M".) In the tree house, every time, they climb up the ladder, look for their trusty friend, Peanut the mouse, and point to a picture in a book while wishing to go there. The tree house starts to spin, spin, and spin faster until they appear in a tree in the place they wish to go. In the rain forest, Jack and Annie have trouble with the following animals: a mother cheetah, a crocodile, a monkey, an army of ants, piranhas and a snake. But in the end, Jack and Annie find out that the animals were just being themselves, with the monkey just trying to be helpful.

My favorite part of the book is when Jack is trying to stop their boat, and he accidentally snatched a snake. It really shakes up the story. Jack and Annie try to push the boat fast and duck their heads. They safely escaped, scared to death!

This is a very exciting book. In every book (from the Magic Tree House series) behind the cover, it says good things about the author and her books. By reading her books you can see if you think these words are right. I personally think this book matches what the people say. I recommend Mary Pope Osborne's books to everyone! ... Read more

86. Little House In The Big Woods CD (Little House the Laura Years)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Asin: 0060543981
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: HarperChildrensAudio
Sales Rank: 34473
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Five year old Laura Ingalls and her family, Pa, Ma, Mary and Baby Carrie, live in a snug log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin, a full days walk from the nearest town, Pepin. Lauraleads a traditional farm life: spending time churning butter and making cheese and maple syrup. Laura goes to town for the first time, and plays with her sister. Each night, while the wind blows, and the wolves howl, the happy sound of Pa's fiddle, brought vividly to life on this recording, keeps the family safe and warm.

Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the Laura Years series.

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4-0 out of 5 stars If you love warm, family stories, this book is a good read
Little House in the Big Woods, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, was fascinating. I think one of the reasons I liked it so much was because the Ingalls family was so close. One word that comes to mind is cozy. Maybe it's because they lived in a little house in the big woods. Or maybe it's becuase Pa used to play his fiddle by the fireside some evenings for Mary, Laura and Carrie. I remember when I read this book I was interested in the fact that they were pioneers. They might have moved from place to place but they always were positive about it. I loved reading about the three girls dancing at their Grandmother and Grandfather's house and having such a fun time. I remember Laura had a rag doll made out of a corncob that she loved so dearly. And it seemed as though the Ingalls family had such wonderful Christmases. In this book, there was nothing but simplicity. It didn't matter how much they moved or how they lived, as long as the family had each other.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book - but not as good as the ones that follow.
I'm a huge fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and fondly remember reading the Little House books when I was a child. I've just started reading the series to my 7-year-old daughter, though, and while she loved Little House on the Prairie, she was far less fond of this one. In fact, although she's usually a good listener, I found her attention constantly wandering as we read this book.

And in all honesty, I could understand why. Laura Ingalls Wilder is without a doubt one of the best children's writers who ever lived, but I think she had barely begun to show her enormous talent when she wrote this book. Although there are wonderful little snippets of family life, and a few hints of the conflicts between the feisty Laura and her more reserved and perfect sister Mary, the truth is, there isn't much of a plot here. And Mrs. Wilder goes on for page after page describing how bullets were made, or butter churned. There are probably children who find that fascinating, God bless them, but my daughter was just bored by it.

I don't think this is a BAD book, but Little House on the Prairie is so much better, so much more interesting that I think if you want to read the series to a young child, that's the place to start, even though this is the first book in the series. This is a book for children who have already fallen in love with Laura and her wonderful family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wondeful series for Adults to read (or read again) too
I read these as a youngster and I am re-reading them after a trip near Independence, Kansas where we saw a house where Laura's family once setteld. They are great books! I am seeing the whole experience from a new perspective now that I am 35 (relating more with Ma I think) and I am enjoying the stories completely. It's also nice because the books can be read in a single afternoon or just a few hours. A wonderful look at the pioneer life with details about cheese making, maple suger harvests, and cabin building (in the later novels). I highly recommend these books but suggest reading them in order to keep the story of Laura's adventures straight.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best of the series
I am an 8 year old girl who loves the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Why I liked it is because it's so happy and because I liked the little girls. My favourite part is when they go to a dance at Grandma's house and Laura danced with her uncle. I would recommend this book for people who like to read happy books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes you go back in Time!!!
This book shows what it was like back in the 1800's. It tells when they had to travel by wagons and you couldn't go to town everyday. This is a GREAT book and I hope that everybody reads it. I recommend this especially to the people that lives in the cities because you see what the backwoods are like and how it is kind of today!!! ... Read more

87. Let's Sing and Learn in French
by MattMaxwell
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Asin: 0071421432
Catlog: Book (2003-06-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 86775
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One of the oldest and best ways to teach kids languages, updated for the 21st century

Grownups have been using simple songs to teach young children the rudiments of languages since long before people danced sur le pont d'Avignon. Now the Let's Sing and Learn series, CD Editions brings that tried-and-true method up-to-date for today's modern kid. Each book/CD set contains collection of 20 original songs that combine catchy melodies with simple, cleverly-disguised lessoning vocabulary and expression.

Written by accomplished songwriter-linguists, the songs cover a variety of subjects, including greetings, colors, counting, the alphabet, the days of the month, relationships, and more. And most importantly, the songs are easy to learn and fun to sing, making them the perfect medium for introducing children, ages three to six, to the words, accents, and rhythms of other languages.

Each book/CD set includes:

  • 20 original tunes covering an array of everyday subjects
  • A CD recording of the songs that provides a model of proper pronunciation and rhythm
  • Simple musical scores that parents and teachers can use to accompany young learners
  • English translations for each song and suggested actions
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88. The Teddy Bears' Picnic Board Book and Tape (Share a Story)
by Jerry Garcia
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Asin: 0694700991
Catlog: Book (1999-02-28)
Publisher: HarperFestival
Sales Rank: 46944
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The legendary Jerry Garcia joins with David Grisman to create a down-home, Dixieland version of this classic song. A cassette recording is packaged in the back of this new picture book version of everyone's favorite picnic in the woods. Best-selling artist Bruce Whatley has created a rollicking collection of singing, dancing and picnicking teddy bears with a slight 60's twist. So come along--it's time for the Teddy Bears' Picnic!

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Teddy Bears' Picnic is charming
Uncle Jerry & Uncle David unpack their guitar & banjo, sit down in front of the fire & make music. Your rug rats are in for a fine treat as these fine musicians accompany Uncle Bruce's picture story. Long, long ago when this editor was little the radio was her speaker to the world. There were programs for women & children dotted throughout the day on the BBC station & one in particular for the very young, in which could be heard such charming duets as Run Rabbit Run & The Teddy Bears' Picnic. I loved the mellow fellows who sang this charming song. I had not heard this melody in all those years when the book & attached audiotape caught my eye amid a chorus of bear calls & growls, demanding I listen. I never argue with Teddy Bears, especially when they're singing!...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for the Littlest Deadhead =)
I bought this book for our 3 year old and she LOVES it. The illustrations are adorable! (Her favorite is the Jerry Bear!) The music set to the book is a perfect addition to our collection! A wonderful gift for a family of deadheads! A must buy for all ages!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story telling
Because I am a deadhead I was drawn to buy this book not only for myself but also for my children. Jerry Garcia is able to tell a wonderful story using music. Jerry and David form a great team and tell great stories together. This book is not only for children but also for anyone who loves a good story teller(s). I would reccommend this book to anyone who has children and to those who want to enjoy a great moment with their children. Jerry Garcia is a legend who's music, book, and spirit will live on with all who were blessed to hear and share in his wonderful music making and now story telling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated version of a classic
We use this great version of Teddy Bears Picnic for storytimes at our library. The illustrations are appealing to the children and the baby boomer moms and dads are pulled in by Garcia's name! ... Read more

89. The Frances Audio Collection
by Russell Hoban
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Catlog: Book (1988-06-01)
Publisher: Harper Children's Audio
Sales Rank: 20471
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Frances fans will find their favorite stories about this endearing, irrepressible badger who cleverly avoids her bedtime and stubbornly refuses to eat anything but bread and jam, in this charming audio collection read by actress Glynis Johns.This ALA Notable Children's Recording includes: Bedtime for Frances; A Baby Sister for Frances; Bread and Jam for Frances; andA Birthday for Frances.

Running time:45 minutes
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
While teaching preschool for many years, this tape was the start of most naptimes! Now ordering it for my child, I can't wait to see them enjoy it as well... The reading is beautiful and after listening you can't help but hear that voice when reading it yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and entertaining
The stories are narrated by Glynnis Johns, she played the mother in Mary Poppins. My children listened intently and laughed a lot at irrascible Frances. They asked for the stories over and over. ... Read more

90. On the Banks of Plum Creek CD (Little House the Laura Years)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all.

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5-0 out of 5 stars On the Banks of Plum Creek
A very exciting book
Everything is going great at Plum Creek. Pa makes a new house out of wood and it has glass windows. a will pay for the wood with the money from their first wheat crop. One day a huge cloud covers the praire and grasshoppers fall from it. Laura is very exciting and daring while Mary is more ladylike than Laura is. Pa and Ma are very loving parents. Read this book to find out what happens next. This is a very catching book. Once you turn the page you'll never want to stop reading it. I liked this book because after every chapter you just want to keep going. I also liked thes book because it told what real people had to go through. The characters do amazing things. I would rate this book from one to five a six. The age group for this book I think is 8 and up. I hope you read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars On the Banks of Plum Creek
Laura and her family have moved to a small farm near Walnut Grove in Minnesota. They will have to adapt to Minnesota, the sod house, and a lot more. Laura Ingalls is a seven year old girl who loves to explore the creek, and is daddies little angel. Laura lives with her Ma, Pa , her two sisters Marry and Carrie, and their loyal companion and bulldog Jack. Pa goes out to get lumber and builds a beautiful new house with windows and he farms wheat to earn money. One day Pa said that in a couple weeks the wheat would soon be ready to pick. Then they see this peculiar sparkling cloud that filled the sky. Shortly after countless numbers of grasshoppers cover the field, the creek, and the rest of the farm, including Laura and her family. The grasshoppers consumed every plant including the wheat that Pa worked so hard to grow.
Mary and Laura start to go to school and on their first day they met many friends and some foes. one of their rivals was named Nellie who had a party and invited all the girls from school. Nellie was very rude and very cruel to Mary and Laura. Laura decided to have a party as well, and invited all the girls from school. Laura invites Nellie particulary to get back at her, and boy did she do a clever and a funny prank on Nellie. Then the Ingalls experienced blizzards, storms, and prairie fires which were very devastating. After all the work the family put into the farm and the wheat, their work finally payed off.
This book had lots of surprising, unpredictable, and very exciting events. If I could rate this book on a scale of one through ten, I would give this book a ten. Once I started to read this book I couldn't put it down, because I was so hooked on it. This book is fantastic and is great for every age, and great for every age, and should be enjoyed by everyone. If your looking for a great book that will excite, delight, suprise, and grasp your attention, On the Banks of Plum Creek is just the book your looking for.

4-0 out of 5 stars JINC'S CHILDREN'S BOOK CLUB
This book captured our attention, but some club members thought the book was just "okay." We liked many aspects of the book. We liked the good descriptions of nature and people such as the one about Nellie Olesen who we thought was asinine. We also liked how the characters really cherished things that are common to us like candy. It made us realize how lucky we are. Nature plays a huge role in this story, and it made us realize how powerful yet precious nature is. The characters in the story cared for nature unlike today when we pollute our environment. Families back then had a totally different life style than we have now. In our world today it seems there are two equal sides: inside and outside. To the Ingalls there were two completely unequal sides. Outside was much greater than inside. We had one big criticism of the book. The Ingalls family seemed too perfect compared to modern families. We thought it was a little fake how everyone was always so loving and never fought. Like many true stories, this one doesn't really have just one plot or story line. It just goes from one event to the next. All in all, though, it was a good story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Like the TV Show Little House on the Prairie
Remember that show "Little House on the Prairie"? Well, this is the book that it's all about. Here is the family: Pa, Ma, Mary 8, Laura 7, and Carrie 2. Baby Grace isn't born yet in this book. All their childhood adventures happen here: First day of school, mean Nellie Oleson, party with their friends, and their first real house with a doorknob! Through anything that ever happens, they know they have each other. That's why even though some things go terribly wrong, it is an adventure to them. Even so, by the end of this book, I wished they had never moved from their "Little House in the Big Woods". By the way, this is a true story. It covers approximately 2 years.
The next book in the series, By the Shores of Silver Lake, takes place about 4 years later when Laura is about 13. This large gap makes watching the show enjoyable because there is a long time period not covered in the books and these are things that could have happened during that unrecorded time. It is fun to read real history and this book is one of the best. Find out just what people do when home is a hole in a hill. What's it like to go to school in your bare feet when most people don't have shoes? What do you do when a fireball rolls into your house? What do you do for fun when TV's haven't been invented, the family owns one book, and oh yeah, there are no toys? Read this book and find out!

5-0 out of 5 stars On the banks of plum creek
Dig in it

Imagine you are sitting on a hill on the grass, You stand up and walk around, You are surprised you see a door, You want to open the door but you think someone lives there; But you do look inside anyway. It is a little house. You go inside. It is called a dugout (a house under ground). This is where the Ingalls live. This is where most of the action happens in On the Banks of Plum Creek.
Nowthen, ON the Banks of plum creek is about a family. That's moves from Kansas to Minnesota. The Ingalls lives in a dugout. They harvest for a living. They have oxen and it take forever to plow the flied. Something also me happens so if you want to know what happened that get the book and read it.
Also, My evaluation of ON The banks Of Plum Creek is that it is a great book. There are many happy parts & sad parts too. A happy part is that the Ingalls have a good harvest. A sad part is that Laura almost drowns. You can read it you might not like it but I did.
Meanwhile, On the Banks of Plum Creek really don't connect to my life. I don't live in a dugout. I don't harvest for a living. I don't have oxen and a cow. Pretty much they are framers. My family is totally different. I live in a house. My dad delivers & my mom works at family dollar for a living. My family has 1 dog & 5 horses.

After all, I recommend you to read On the Banks of Plum Creek. Everyone that can read would like On the Banks of Plum Creek. Mostly 10 & up would like it the most. Both boy/men & girls/ladies would like On the Banks of Plum Creek. People that don't like to read would not like to read On the Banks of Plum Creek.

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91. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
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Asin: 0786102535
Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 256186
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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George Orwell's Animal Farm is still a widely read satire of Stalinism. The novel, which was rejected several times before its publication in 1945, is the focus of Bloom's Notes. Along with a collection of some of the best criticism available on his work, this text includes a brief biography of the author, structural and thematic analysis, an index of themes and ideas, and more. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. These texts are the ideal aid for all students of literature, presenting concise, easy-to-understand biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on a specific literary work. Also provided are multiple sources for book reports and term papers with a wealth of information on literary works, authors, and major characters. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Animal Farm: Worth Reading
Animal Farm could quite possibly be one of the best satires ever written. Published in 1945, Orwell's purpose in writing this book was the abolition of totalitarianism. Through the use of allegories in his writing portraying a farm where the animals rebel, Orwell is able to make logical arguments against the political tyranny happening during his time in Russia. Orwell's work is a very exciting piece of literature. Orwell's genius was able to create a children's book that had a much deeper message than those common to children's books. Orwell uses action to keep his readers involved. Action is constantly happening throughout the book. Every page turn reveals an unexpected twist. Without the unexpected surprises, this book would not be the legend that it is today. My favorite character in Animal Farm is Boxer. Boxer, a horse on the farm, is a very interesting character. While not very smart, Boxer is the workhorse (no pun intended) of the operation. His motto, "I will work harder," frequently inspires other animals to do their part in the operations of the farm. Boxer exhibits qualities that the other animals wish that they had. I also admire the effort and devotion that Boxer puts into his everyday tasks. I learned a lot from reading Animal Farm, especially about the history surrounding the rise of totalitarian governments. It is interesting to parallel the events that occur in the book with events that happened in the real world. From the Bolshevik Revolution to the exile of Trotsky, Orwell doesn't forget any events. The book is written very well and gives a very good lesson at the end. Orwell masterly weaves the book together in the last chapter when the animals realize that they can't tell the difference between their new rulers (the pigs) and their old ruler (Farmer Jones). They realize that they are not better off than they were before their revolution. There is only one question left in my mind. I wonder what happened to Snowball, the pig that represented Trotsky. Once he is exiled, Orwell never mentions his whereabouts definitely.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories with underlying morals. It is amazing how complexly Orwell was able to write this book. Readers will enjoy the parallels to historical events. I would recommend looking over the history of Communism before reading this book; then you will be able to appreciate the great thought that Orwell put into this book.
Although I have not read any other books by Orwell, I would definitely not hesitate to read one. I have heard great reviews of his other books, and am convinced that he is a great author. Just after reading Animal Farm, I would recommend any Orwell books to anyone. Orwell spent much thought when writing this book; don't let this go to waste. Through satires like Orwell's, we may be able to prevent other mistakes from happening in the future. This book has influenced me in more than one way. Not only have I learned about totalitarianism, but now whenever I think about slacking off I remember the words of Boxer and think, "I will work harder."

5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale of courageous animals.
On Manor Farm, the animals there feel that they are overworked, underfed, and treated unfairly. As Old Major (one of the older pigs) said, "Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever." The barnyard animals agree with Old Major and decide to overthorw their cruel master, Mr. Jones. After an unexpected take over of Manor Farm, the animals elect the pigs as their rulers. Two of the pigs happen to be Snowball and Napoleon. These two are the main leaders of the farm. With Snowball and Napoleon as rulers, many adventures lay ahead for the animals on Animal Farm (formerly Manor Farm). Adventures of war, defeat, deceitfulness, and changes in every day living. In the end, a strange twist occurs that may surprise you. "Animal Farm" is a powerful look at how a government and leadership applies to many people. Many countries are in basically the same situation as the animals of this story. That is what I think makes "Animal Farm" such an interesting book. I also think it is interesting how the author, George Orwell, puts certain animals with certain personalities and how certain things that may seem small turn out to be a major event in the book. I think it is awesome how George Orwell uses this in his writings. If you are into a book where defeat and leadership are a main subjet of the book, or you just like to read about talking animals, I would highly recommend the book "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. It has been a favorite in my bookshelf for years and I hope it will soon be part of yours.

5-0 out of 5 stars funniest ive ever read
after reading charlotte's web!!!! READ IT AFTER CHARLOTTE'S WEB!!
it's bloody hilarious

5-0 out of 5 stars George Orwell's Masterpiece
An Excellent novel. I read this when i was 14, and was a little disturbed. I read it again, and became less disturbed. It is by no means pleasant, but disturbance is a very effective way of reaching people. The ending is almost like a seal of approval for Orwell's geinus. I knew the central theme, but did not know Who the characters reprented, so I would like to thank the reviewer below who listed the people or events the character represented. Before you are forced to read this, rent a cpopy from the library, so you can know what you are in for.

1-0 out of 5 stars This was TERRIBLE!
When I was in 7th grade, I chose Animal Farm as a book to read from a reccomended reading list. This was a big mistake. In the beginning of Animal Farm it is happy. Animals overcome their master and they rule the farm. It eventually goes downhill from there. Pigs take over and eventually change the animal "commandments" that they animals had created after taking over humans. Pigs end up looking and acting the same as humans. The pigs abuse horses and other helpless animals. This is one of the most depressing and disturbing books I have ever read. I found absolutely no enjoyment or insight from this novel! Take my advice: If you plan to read this anytime soon, please burn it as soon as possible! ... Read more

92. The City of Ember
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Asin: 0807220752
Catlog: Book (2004-05-25)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars great read for kids and adults
I just finished City of Ember and I was amazed at how good it was. I've been reading science fiction and fantasy my whole life and was still very impressed with this good read. I picked this up because of the appealing cover design as a gift for my nephew. I thought I'd read a little to see if it was interesting. I read half the book that night and the rest the next day. If you like Harry Potter or John Christopher's Tripods series you will definetely like City of Ember. The book moves along very quickly and smoothly with engaging characters. The solutions that the characters find to the (clever plot device) shreddded instruction sheet puzzle keeps you turning back to page 94 to check and double check your own guesses. Although this is the first book in a series(?)it has enough closure at the end that you feel fulfilled and don't feel cheated. I'm looking forward to the sequel to this very satisfying read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Coincidence
All nine people who've already reviewed this book gave it five stars. I wouldn't go that far, but it was pretty exciting. I started reading this book at lunch on August 14, the day of the blackout from New York to Detroit. In the story, there are frequent blackouts, though none as long-lasting as the New York blackout. The difference is that in the city of Ember, when the lights go out, there is no sun, moon, or stars to alleviate the pitch blackness. The generator that supplies power to the entire city was built to last 200 years, but 240 years have passed, and it can't last much longer. Food and other supplies are becoming scarce.

The original builders of the city left "instructions for egress," but over the years these were lost until one day a baby finds them and starts chewing on them. The instructions are rescued by the baby's sister, but not before the baby has consumed parts of the message. Will Lina and her friend Doon decipher the message in time to escape?

The book, as I said, was very exciting, but thinking too hard about the unanswered questions in the story could ruin it for you. It's not so important to know why the city was built under these conditions. I can accept that there must have been a good reason. It's harder to accept that people are eating the contents of 200-year-old cans of food. A can of fruit recently bulged at both ends and leaked a foul-smelling liquid in my cupboard, and it wasn't even 20 years old. There are huge gaps in people's knowledge. Children leave school at the age of twelve. Why, why, why?

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
I thought this book was really good. COmpared to other books i've read its not superb but i am comparing it to some really good books. I think if you like books like The Thief Lord and The bartimeus Triligy: The Amulet of Samarkand then you will enjoy this book. It's a good book to take on Vacation and have a quick read. I'd truly recommend this book to people who enjoy that short and sweet read!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for Generations
My 10-year-old granddaughter and I read this book together -- she for her summer reading list and I, well, I read all her books. We both found the book to be enjoyable.

One thing that pleased my granddaughter was the fact that the heroes were only 2 years older than she. I liked the alternating point of view between Doon and Lina, giving us an overview of events happening in two places at the same time.

Trying to decipher the clues in the Instructions was an added pleasure, as I enjoy word and logic puzzles.

We both look forward to more of Ms. DuPrau's work and hope she continues to write well into the future.

2-0 out of 5 stars No Pullman
My general view of this book is that its author is trying to be the next Philip Pullman. Just as Eragon is trying to be the new Tolkien and Ardagh's books are trying to be the new Series of Unfortunate Events. However, the His Dark Materials trilogy is amazing. Expertly written with excellent flow and character development. The same cannot be said for this. I have to say that I'm disappointed not to have liked it. The original idea seemed engaging. The actual book however, was not. ... Read more

93. Tuck Everlasting
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Asin: 0807275530
Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
Publisher: Listening Library
Sales Rank: 468004
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Critically acclaimed when it was first published, Tuck Everlasting has become a much-loved, well-studied modern-day classic. This anniversary edition features an in-depth interview conducted by Betsy Hearne in which Natalie Babbitt takes a look at Tuck Everlasting twenty-five years later.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book!!!
In the book Tuck Everlasting a girl named Winnie wonders into the woods and sees a boy drinking from a spring.But she can't have any of the water.There is something mysterious about the water.The family the boy lives with is very secretive.He takes her to his house to explain why she can't have any.She has to keep their secret or else....
In this book the author is trying to make you think about the book.She is trying to tell you that some people really do live differently and sometimes you have to accept them for who they are.Winnie had to keepthe Tucks secret for their safety.Babbit makes this book adventurous and suspenseful.
This book has very good partsto it.Babbit has everything set up the way it should be.People come in at the right time and things will happen that will change the story.It is exciting to read something so clear and concise.She created a plot full of twists and turns for young readers.The first three chapters took a while to get good, but after that it was awesome.If you are looking for a book to read you want Tuck Everlasting.You will enjoy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Timeless
Tuck Everlasting is a beautifully written fantasy that will appeal to both children and adults. The prose is spare yet descriptive, moving quickly through a young girls life as she stumbles upon a secret known only to a few, but one that will change her outlook on life, and living, forever.

This gentle yet ultimately poignant story begins before the turn of the century as 10 year old Winnie Foster dreams of running away from her well-ordered life, as most children do. She would never act upon this impulse, of course, but a brief excursion into the enchanting woods owned by her family, which sit invitingly just outside her fence, will alter the coarse of her life in ways she could not have imagined.

Winnie will discover the Tuck family in these woods. They have lived there ages, guarding the water which stops time, and gives all those who drink of it immortality. As Winnie is sort of kidnapped, in a friendly way, she gets to know each of the Tucks, and forms a bond so close she will be tempted to join them one day.

Natalie Babbitt does a wonderful job making this fantasy real to the reader. Winnie's reactions to this family and especially young Jesse, who will be 17 forever and wants her to join him when she can, has the ring of truth. But there is a price to pay for this stoppage of time, and Jesse's father eloquently conveys to Winnie the joy of actually living and changing, like the water as it flows, and the unexpected anguish of living as the Tucks do.

Her second family will be in harm's way when a mysterious stranger who wants to prosper from this secret tracks down Winnie and the Tucks, and the adventure that follows will bring forth decisions for Winnie Foster about how she wants to live.

There is humor and sweetness to this tale. It is an injustice to call this a children's classic. It is a classic, period, and should be taken to the heart of every reader. There is a message here for us all.....

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Great!
Read it as a child and loved it, so I had to read it again as an adult and still fully injoyed it

3-0 out of 5 stars Freaky, but boring
Winnie is a girl who finds a family who lives in the woods, and they drank from a well that makes you immortal and they can't get older or die and they are bored! Was I the only kid who was forced to read this in 5th grade?

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book.
I love thiss book.
It's about a small town girl, in the early 1900's, who is bored with life. One day she is walking through the woods when she spys Jeese Tuck, who is drinking from the "Fountain of Youth." Winnie, the girl, wants a drink of it and getting scared that she would end up like his whole family, Jesse takes her home with him. The Tuck family keeps her until they are accused of kiddnapping her. The older Tucks go to jail, and then, with some help from winnie, escape. When the Tucks are leaving, Jesse gives a bottle of the special water to winnie, asking her to drink it when she is 17.... or somewhere around that age. One day Winnie sees a frog out in the middle of the road, and figures that he needs the bottle of water more than she does..... scince she can always get more from the spring. So she pours it on the frog, so the frog will never get hurt and won't die..... then the forest where the spring is burns down.... and then Jesse returns almost a hundred years later.... ... Read more

94. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
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Asin: 1400085926
Catlog: Book (2004-04-13)
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Sales Rank: 30724
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he suddenly receives an urgent video e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from his father, who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by Captain Holly Short of the Leprecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Artemis Fowl - Die Hard With Fairies
It's one of those things such as marmite, football and shopping. Artemis Fowl. You love it, or hate it. And I'm extremely glad to be able to count myself among those you love it.

I've read both books more than five times, and every night I sit and pray that the genius Eoin Colfer brings out a third. The characters all have so much character, even those mentioned just once, the descriptions are incredible and the flow of the words is easily the greatest use of the English language in the history of literature.

My favourite character? Artemis Fowl, of course. He's quick-witted, cool in the face of dangerous and viciously intelligent. But book two showed us the softer, most vunerable side of Artemis Fowl, as the boy he didn't ever truly have a chance to be.

The best bit in number two is when he emerges from the plasma in Koboi labs. What a scene. The movie has a good chance of living up to the superb quality of the book, but if it doesn't then I'll still be the biggest fan on Earth of Eoin Colfer.

Funny story. I've started to learn Russian, even since I first read book one, just because I love this book so much.

God bless Eoin Colfer. And God bless Artemis Fowl.

4-0 out of 5 stars terrific sequel, more mature hero
The great thing about the first Artemis Fowl novel was the idea that fairies, far from being pretty little things with gauzy wings are a secret race of technologically advanced beings living deep underground. Colfer tapped deep into Irish myth and came up with the idea that fairy gold was real - and a teenage master-criminal was going to get it.
Artemis is a great anti-hero, and when the new book begins he's running rings round the school shrink (whose ... psychology books he's naturally read and despised.) This is very funny, but what's better is that underneath the cockiness, Artemis is a boy with a messed-up family who really misses his Dad, who vanished in Russia. News comes that his father isn't dead but kidnapped by the Mafia, and the only way Artemis can get him out is to join forces with his arch-Nemesis, Holly SHort of the LEPRecon unit. Currently in disgrace, Holly has a few problems of her putting down a goblin rebellion.
All the great comic characters such as Muclh Diggums, the disgusting dwarf who chomps his way through the earth, expelling it out his rear end (now pretending to be a reclusive Hollywood star) are back. It's fast and funny, and if Colfer's The WIsh List (published in the US as The Eternity Code) is more moving and thoughtful, well, kids will love that too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Double, Double Fowl and Trouble
I read the first book in the Artemis Fowl series last summer and sometimes wonder why it took me so long to read the second installment. Through the very first pages of "The Arctic Incident" I was instantly transported into Colfer's imaginative world, and underworld, peopled with fairies, goblins, and an evil boy genius, who seems to have matured. I was pleased to discover that the second book lived up to the impression that the first one made.

"The Arctic Incident" begins with a look at the young Artemis Fowl stuck in a dreadful boarding school, "killing off" counselor after counselor that tries to asses what is wrong with him. Meanwhile, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon police force has to deal with a smuggling problem that involves humans and the intelligence-challenged goblins. Believing Artemis to be the culprit, she kidnaps him and his mountain of a bodyguard Butler, to little avail. They are not the suppliers but they make a deal with Holly. They will help her discover who the smugglers are if she will help Artemis find his father, who is being held hostage in the Arctic Circle. Holly is not looking forward to helping Artemis after their encounter in Book One, but she has no other choice. Their journey to fulfill both of their missions is filled with tension and humor and further explores the inner-workings of these two fascinating characters.

Colfer has created an imaginative world that is peopled with rich and vivid characters, and witty asides to the reader. Artemis is a boy genius trying to surpress his evil ways in order to find his father and turn over a new leaf; his struggle is that of any teenager's angst. But the best characters are those who inhabit the lower elements; Foaly the centaur, Captain Short, Commander Root, and best of all, the returning Mulch Diggums, the thief dwarf. And while the Artemis Fowl books may be labeled as children's books, you don't have to be a child to enjoy the wry humor that Colfer dishes out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bundle Up, Artemis!
Artemis Fowl, thirteen year old master criminal, runs away from his oppressive boarding school when he receives a cryptic message suggesting his father is still alive and being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya. The fact that Artemis is so anxious to rescue his missing dad shows us that underneath his emotionally detached exterior, there's a lost boy wishing for a semblance of a normal family life. At the same time, Artemis's old enemies the elves have their own problems. There's evidence of human interference in their world and of course, Artemis is their prime suspect. For once Artemis is actually innocent, but he and elves join forces to defeat their mutual enemies. Again, elf Captain Holly Short is Artemis's spunky and self-reliant equal. Artemis is pinning a lot of hopes in his reuniting with his father, but this book suggests that Artemis may have already found his true family in his elf counterparts. They share with Artemis a quick wit and a savvy sense of technology. And they're marginalized in the same way Artemis's brilliance is unseen or misunderstood by the adult world. This is an absorbing second novel that shows us more of Artemis's complicated and intriguing character.

4-0 out of 5 stars Artemis on a Mission of Mercy
Artemis, the child genius criminal, is back in his second book. His mother has been restored to health (in the first book) and now he learns that his father might still be alive and a hostage of the Russian Mafiya.

Artemis puts his brains to work to rescue his father but is interrupted when he himself is kidnaped by Holly Short for interfering with Fairy business.

Well, Artemis is quickly cleared of the charges and a deal is struck. Artemis will help Holly track down who is really trafficking with the goblins in return for help rescuing his father. Sounds easy enough. But there are plenty of plot complications thrown into the mix before each side manages to square the deal.

This is quite a different book from the first one. When we were first introduced to Artemis, he was a criminal mastermind. But now we see a different side to him as he quests for his father, helps out the underground fairy population and experiences much of life that privilege has shielded from him. He is a much more likeable character now but possibly not as interesting. Still, the plot is tight and the action fast. Four-hundred pages flew by quite quickly. Not quite the same as the first, but I still recommend it. ... Read more

95. Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
by Brooke Shields
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Asin: 1401382266
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 290715
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.

When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars The rules of life are different for the rich and famous
Like Brooke Shields, I have experienced very crippling depression that left me completely devastated and unable to function.But unlike Brooke Shields I did not have a docter calling me every day (I've never even heard of a docter who does that), nor did I have the money to hire a baby nurse, let alone hire a nurse to leave her own child to fly across the country to be with me.Nor did I have the healing or closure to my depression by having the money to write a book all about it.Maybe that's why I, and probably millions of others, suffered a lot more than Brooke did.(I do not want to undermine Brooke's suffering, but I think that I can safely say she suffered less simply because money and status is a very powerful tool in buying the help you need.)
Though Brooke initially suffered what millions of others suffered, like many celebrities she seems to be oblivious to the resources she has that most people in this world simply don't have.Let's hear about a book by a woman who is not rich and famous to see how a woman without all the resources only celebrities have, can heal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Brooke has done a wonderful job communicating the crushing blows dealt by PPD.After wading through the ordeal twice, I have a passion for others to know and understand what it is all about, espcially to know that it does not make anyone a bad mother.I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about PPD!

Way to go, Brooke.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for sharing
This is the first time I have heard about someone who had the same reaction to their newborn as I did and endured the same crushing feelings of depression that followed the birth of a child.I was aware of post-partum depression -- but only the extreme version where the mother kills the child.I was more like Brooke -- I didn't want to hurt my baby, I just wanted to hurt myself.I felt worthless and truly believed that my month-old baby thought that I was a loser.I hope this book encourages women who experience any form of PPD to get help and realize that these feelings can and will go away with help.Most important, I hope this book will help other mothers suffering from PPD know that they are not alone.On a related note, I read today that Tom Cruise is bashing Brooke and this book because Brooke used Paxil to assist with overcoming PPD."Dr." Tom claims that PPD can be cured through vitamins and that drugs never should be used to treat this illness.Thank you, Tom, for setting back women's health 100 years.If you ever get testicular cancer, I'll send some vitamin C right over.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good information; well written
I applaude Brooke for writing this book because thousands of women suffer just as she did.They need to know they are not alone, and that they will get well with treatment.

A common misconception is postpartum depression is a "natural result" of birth.Not so!It is a deadly serious illness but is also very treatable.I lost my daughter to PPD 5 years ago and have spent my life since losing her trying to educate the public with accurate PPD facts so that others don't die unnecessarily.For the most part, Brooke's book has done a good job of giving good information.

Anyone who confuses postpartum depression with baby blues or just being a little down after childbirth is deadly wrong.And anyone who condemns a woman for symptoms over which she has no control is grossly ignorant. (...)

Helena Bradford
The Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Black and White Words With Power
There have been a few other books written about this same topic but none so shocking in black and white words.Many of us feel like Brooke has described but have never really connected to the words as much as the feelings.It took bravery and love to come out in the open to help moms like myself and like Brooke.Thank you ever so much.Even though our kids are now older, 2 and 4, this is the first one I've read that I have asked my husband to read too. Also suggested:Mommy CEO, a book which also helps moms feel important, loved and provides simple help with kids.Thank God for both authors! ... Read more

96. The Magic Flute
by Anne Gatti, Peter Malone, Wolfgang AmadeusZauberflote Mozart, Anne Gath
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Asin: 0811810038
Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 244847
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Long out of print, the many adaptations that Russell has done of famous operas are finally collected again in 3 volumes, in the wake of his highly successful massive recent adaptation of Wagner¹s Ring of the Nibelung. This first volume presents his adaptation of one of Mozart¹s most famous works, a farcical tale mixed with fantasy. The story begins as the Queen of the Night sets Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter, Pamina from the evil Sarastro. On the way, he meets the bird-catcher Papageno, who is ³persuaded² to help Tamino in his quest. Tamino¹s spiritual quest is counterpoised with Papageno¹s own earthly search for his one true love, Papagena. Both couples¹ strivings are juxtaposed with the eternal conflict between Sarastro and the Queen of the Night. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You've Tried The Rest, Now Try The Best
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflute in German) was Mozart's final opera. It was his favorite and undoubtedly his greatest achievement. When he was in his deathbed, it was said that Mozart requested to hear the score to the Magic Flute one last time. Mozart was a Freemason, although he had been raised as a Catholic and enjoyed sponsorship by the Archbishop of Salzburg for some time. His conversion; into what was a religious and philosophical organization that praised the Englightenment and mystic Egyptian/Zoroastrian beliefs, effected and influenced his musical composition. He had already written music for a Masonic Funeral and Freemasonry deeply influenced the Requiem in D Minor.

This recording is out of print in cd form and was probably an LP in the 70's. In 1972, Walter Sawallisch, the Bavarian State Orchestra and the talents of Peter Schreir (Tamino), Annelise Rothenberger (Pamina), Walter Berry (Papageno), Kurt Moll (Sarastro) and Edda Moser (The Queen of the Night) put together what is the definitive, the greatest, the most perfect, the one and only Magic Flute. If you've heard the rest, now try the best. Contrary to the negative comments of the other reviewers, the Black Dog Opera Library has done an excellent job of making this opera accessible, a book full of great illustrations and liner notes on the singers, Mozart and his era. Yes, the Magic Flute has been unjustly considered and theatrically treated as a children's opera, a fairy tale with no real substance, a great work sugar coated into something like Broadway musical or cartoon. Singspiel was great opera (Mozart had tried the form previously with Abduction From The Seraglio) but unlike grand opera, it was more accessible to the ordinary people, to folks who loved catchy tunes they could whistle in the streets on organ grinders or for children to sing at play. It was a people's opera, not a stuffy, overly pompous piece of work. In a way, it was like Broadway or cartoons, simply because people could have fun at the opera. (For an example, take a look at the film Amadeus, in which Mozart is commissioned to write the Magic Flute for a more folk-oriented, Vienna lower class who drank beer and played games on stage while watching the opera, in a nearly circus like environment).

Discreetly embellished with Masonic symbolism (the three opening bombastic chords in the Overture, the Three Ladies, the Three Young Boys in the Balloon, the Egyptian rituals of purification, the choruses and the Zoroastrian figure of Sarastro) are all examples. Allegorically, it was the struggle between the ruling court of Empress Maria Teresa and the supression of Masonry in Austria. This book clearly states this fact. Thus, the powerfully evil Queen of the Night, whose arias are icy coloratura, represents Maria Teresa, Pamina represents the beautiful and faithful Austria, Tamino evidently Emperor Franz Joseph or simply any good person who is beckoned by a noble human cause and finally, Papageno is the earthy, common folk who is no less a great one. This recording is absolutely the best. Peter Schreir is a superlative tenor di grazie, highlights being his aria Dies Bildnis and his scenes with Pamina, Annelise Rothenberger a lyric soprano who reaches perfection in her aria "Ach Ich Fuhls" and her union with Tamino in the trial of fire. Kurt Moll's Sarastro is poignant, spiritual, a voice suited for God, whose low F's are contrasted by the sinister, neurotic, tempestuous raging scales of Edda Moser's Queen of the Night, who reaches high F's. The score to the opera is spiritual. Nothing Mozart ever wrote could be more spiritual, full of majesty, obscurity, joy, awe and power. Five stars for this excellent recording.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording (out of print), but idiotic book.
The re-release of the legendary 1972 recording of Die Zauberflote, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, is a great blessing to all who know and love this great work. Edda Moser's interpretation of the Queen of the Night is justly celebrated, achieving not only transcendently perfect delivery, but also a chilling portrait of pure evil. All of the other cast members are excellent. The spoken role of Papageno is particularly striking, sounding sufficiently pungent to remind us that the role was originally played by Emanuel Schickaneder himself. The tempi are, for the most part remarkably well-chosen. In addition, the Masonic gravity of the subject matter is constantly respected. The chorus of the armed men is properly alarming, the cantus firmus stridently insistent above the counterpoint of the strings. Even more uncommon is the treatment of the secondary scenes of Act II, especially the chorus Welche Wonne, in which the evocation of the candidate's future "new life" is infused with the trepidation inevitably attendant upon any trial of life and death. All too often, this work, which is gravely serious in its intent, is presented as a fairy tale. This recording successfully conveys the philosophical context, and does justice to Mozart's attachment to Masonry. [The only flaw which I could detect is the inclusion of a very questionable musical fragment, inserted into Act II, Scene 11 {"Pamina, wo bist du?"). I could locate no reference to this anywhere in my extensive library on the subject, and can only speculate that it might be some unacknowledged retention from one of the infamous "reworkings" of the opera which occurred after Mozart's death....At any rate, it requires an explanation....]

In view of this, it is sad to see this beautiful recording issued in association with a perfectly vile and disrespectful book about the opera. The author has the temerity to liken this work to "a Broadway musical", "a rollicking entertainment for the common man" simply because it was composed as a Singspiel, or German opera with spoken dialogue. This is equivalent to likening one of Shakespeare's comedies to a street farce. The book also suggests that Zauberflöte was composed for purposes of pure entertainment, unless it is, perchance, a "work of profound insight" dressed up in the trappings of a "cartoon". Obviously, the writer is ignorant of the significance of the Egyptian setting in the time of Mozart, when it was a clear symbol for rational ideas and liberal politics. The details of the setting delineate the struggle which was then taking place in Europe, over the true nature of Masonry, philosophy and music, and which soon came to a terrible end, for that time at least, with the banning of Freemasonry in Austria, and the loss of much of the learning about ancient philosophy which had been so laboriously gathered in circles such as that frequented by Mozart. It is largely on account of Zauberflöte, which alludes with precision to much of that learning, that it was not entirely annihilated in the chaos of the revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. Rather than misrepresenting this vitally important work, those who have the privilege of coming into contact with it should do all in their power to contribute to the very difficult, vital, and continuing attempt to understand it. While the availability of this recording is of great value, it is scandalous to see it associated with a contribution to the generally prevailing ignorance about this extremely important, and very difficult, work.

An irate Mozartian

4-0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn about opera, suitable for young or old.
I received this as a gift from a mislead but well-meaning relative. Needless to say, I have never been a fan of opera. However, I was surprised that I was actually able to enjoy this book and accompanying CD. The book begins with a brief biography of Mozart, and then offers a prose overview of the story (extremely helpful for understanding!). The second half of the book contains the libretto, or text, of the opera. The original German forms one column on the left-hand side of each page, and the English translation is printed on the right. This way one can follow along with the story while listening to the music, even if you don't know a word of German. Throughout the entire book there are pictures from different stage performances of The Magic Flute. The musical recording is of high quality, contained on two disks that fit into pockets on the inside front and back cover of the book.

This would be a wonderful book for anyone interested in learning about opera, young or old. However, I must disagree with the reviewer who said this was geared toward children between three and seven. A 3-year-old would never be able to read the text, and a 7-year-old, unless very advanced, would no doubt struggle with it. The book is better suited for slightly older children all the way up through adults of any age. While I'm still not a fan of opera, I did gain some appreciation for it from this book and CD. I'm sure the only way to truly experience an opera is to see it performed live (just listening to a recording removes the entire visual element), but I would nevertheless recommend this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story-telling
P. Craig Russell's drawing style seems especially apt for stories of enchanted lands and beings. His lines are light and airy, and he sets a mood nicely with color. In other words, he is ideally suited to illustrate this story.

He does a delightful job of it, too. He amplifies all of the characters theatrically beyond the believable, and has one small advantage over true opera - he is never at the mercy of the set designers, costumers, or other effects.

I am very glad to see this classic of western culture (and the others coming soon) made available in this format. I confess, I have not fully acquired the taste for opera, or the ability to derive the story from the way it is sung. I do, however, want to know at least a bit of the story, and this is a very digestible form. Russell's drawing makes it more than digestible, it's a real confection. I also appreciate the fact that Russell has adapted the story, and not created a new one from fragments of the classic.

Opera buffs - I hope you can accept this for what it is. One way to look at this is opera appreciation on training wheels, a painless entry into part of the operatic art. It's also a way to spread some knowledge of this classic across a generation that might not have been exposed to the story otherwise - certainly a good thing.

If nothing else, it's a well-drawn comic by a very capable artist. It's that "else" that makes this comic stand out. I'm looking forward to the next Russell operas.

(This reviews the book without the CD.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction To Opera, Outstanding Recording
The Black Dog Opera Library Series had outdone themselves once again. In this 1972 recording of Mozart's last opera, we are treated to a fine performance by fine singers, a fully illustrated book with liner notes and commentary, as well as information useful in biographies on the composer and his time. Mozart was close to his death bed at the time he composed The Magid Flute. He made an opera that could be enjoyed at many levels. At one level, it is a comic, brilliant fairy tale for children, at another level, it is deeply symbolic and layed with Masonic ideals of universal brotherhood and love. Mozart and his librettist were both Freemasons, a religous "sect" that was under hot water in 18th century Vienna for its pagan origins and its advocation of ideas of the Enlightenment. The story is about Tamino, a prince who is lost in a strange land (originally, a mystic Egypt), who is rescued from a serpent by three mysterious women and promised the hand of the daughter of the Queen of the Night if he saves her from the wizard Sarastro. Together with the help of the comic bird-catcher, Papageno, he sets out on his adventure. But halfway through the opera, he discovers that he has been deceived. The Queen of the Night is the true villain and Sarastro is really a holy man. After many trials, the forces of evil are defeated and the opera ends blissfully with a victory.

Musically and dramatically, it is Mozart's greatest opera. From the striking Overture to the use of dark strings, trumpet and soaring flute passages, the individual arias which express intense emotions to the neverending theme that good triumphs over evil, the Magic Flute stands out as a great opera to begin with for newcomers and a favorite for old time opera fans.

In this recording, conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch leads the Bavarian State Orchestra in a highly effective, thoroughly dramatic and sentimental, full interpretation of Mozart's score. Tenor Peter Schreir as Tamino is exceptional, passionate in his aria "Dies Bildnis" (This portrait), and again as he plays his flute in "Wie Stark ist Nicht dein Zauberton" (How powerful is your music, magic flute), his individual lines in the ensembles and his duet with Pamina as they undergo the final trial of fire. Annelise Rothenberger, a sublime German lyric soprano, is moving in her portrayal of Pamina. She has her moments in this recording. Note how her high, melodic voice seems to come from nowhere as she confronts Sarastro and Tamino for the first time "Herr! Ich bin zwar Verbrecherin ! (Sir! I am the transgressor). Her aria "Ach Ich Fuhls" (O, I feel that happy days have passed) is the finest interpretation, full of pathos and a kind of melancholic madness, as well as her lines in her suicide attempt, finally, she is sublime as a strong woman ready to face trials with Tamino, especially striking when she sings the line "Tamino!".

Kurt Moll's Sarastro is without question the best. His voice is suited for God. So divine and sonorous and full of grace, his voice is especially noticeable in the aria "O Isis and Osiris " and "In deisen Heilen Hallen"( In these holy halls). Finally, and not to be missed, is Edda Moser's incredible interpretation of the Queen of the Night. You have not heard the true Queen of the Night, until you've heard Edda Moser. She has a Wagnerian intensity and neurosis in her lines, apt and effective for the role of a Queen bent on deception and the murder of her rival, Sarastro. Her aria "O Zittre Nicht, Mein Lieber Son" (O tremble not, beloved son" is full of lyric dramatic passages and coloratura at the end. The vengeance aria "Der Holle Rache Kocht Meine Herzen "(Hell's Anger Burns Within My Heart) is full of fire. The way she attacks the dramatic, powerful lines is out of this world and the high F's she escalates are unsurpassed. ... Read more

97. The Roald Dahl Audio Collection
by Roald Dahl
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Asin: 1559944994
Catlog: Book (1991-08-30)
Publisher: HarperChildrensAudio
Sales Rank: 46177
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With his unmatched powers of wit and imagery, Roald Dahl's stories illustrate the consequences of greed and revenge and the benefits of being honest and forthright, in this 4-tape collection featuring the award-winning titles: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Enormous Crocodile.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Supurb!
These are absolutely wonderful stories told by a fabulous storyteller: the author. Who else could express the works better? Mr. Dahl has such a soothing voice that my family often listens to these tapes at bedtime and gently drift to sleep. I have two daughters, 7 and 3 years old. We highly recommend these tapes.

4-0 out of 5 stars A listening treat for young and old alike
I am glad to have the chance to listen to Dahl interpretating his own stories. Dahl's controlled yet effective narative gave his own writing a new lease in life ... Read more

98. Adventures In Odyssey Cassettes #1: The Early Classics
by Focus on the Family
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Asin: 1561791539
Catlog: Book (1994-10-25)
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Sales Rank: 306597
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you're an Odyssey veteran, then sit back and relive a bit of history.If you've only recently started listening to the series, these early shows will be a real treat.This collector's album includes: Whit's Flop, Life of the Party, Connie Comes to Town, Recollections, Gifts for Madge and Guy, The Day After Christmas and many others.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A great collection of family-friendly shows for everyone
This is where it all began. The first 12 episodes of Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey series, which is still going strong today. Featuring the voice of Hal Smith (best known as Otis Campbell from the Andy Griffith shows) as Mr. Whittaker, the show can entertain adults and kids alike, using the theater of the mind rather than of the eye.

The shows also teach encouraging morals, such as contentedness, and self-esteem (among others) from a Christian perspective. You should check these out, and give the other titles a chance as well!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
These tapes are terrific! If you have kids, they are fantastic to play in the car on a long trip. The kids love them and so do Mom and Dad. It keeps everyone from fussing and fighting and they will listen to them over and over. They never get tired of them ... Read more

99. Leo the Lightning Bug
by Eric Drachman, James Muscarello
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Asin: 0970380909
Catlog: Book (2001-08-10)
Publisher: Kidwick Books
Sales Rank: 66955
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Leo's a lovable little lightning bug, but he has a big problem: no light! This leads to teasing by the other bugs and an unhappy Leo. But with determination, motherly support, and a little luck, Leo eventually lights up the night. Transformed by his newfound confidence, he now laughs at himself, plays with the other bugs, and enjoys a good night's sleep. Included in this enchanting picture book -- a Book Sense 76 Children's Pick and Los Angeles Times Children's bestseller -- is a dramatic audio CD, complete with sound effects. James Muscarello's magical chalk drawings bring Leo's world to life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
"Leo the Lightning Bug" is a book that has a touching message that applies to
each and every one of us. It is one of those rare children's books that
imparts a feeling of self worth and courage. It is sensitive, funny, sad, and
exciting - without a single unengaged moment. The illustrations are
expressive and delightful. The enclosed CD is especially wonderful. The sound
effects and music are beautifully incorporated into the story. The voices,
including children's voices, make the story and its characters irrisistable.
I love this book, and every child (or adult) to whom I have shown it, also
loves it. I recommend "Leo the Lightning Bug" for everyone. It will be one
book that you listen to over and over again and will want to keep for your

5-0 out of 5 stars children & parents enjoy this one
Our three-year-old son received this as a gift from Grandma and has been requesting it for reading sessions or listening to the CD version several times a day for the last week and a half. And amazingly, I am NOT sick of it yet.

Very enjoyable encouraging story but not at all preachy. The CD story is one of the best quality pre-read stories I have heard. It has music, sound effects, and several different and very expressive voices participating. At the same time it is not over-the-top detracting from the story itself.

My only critique is that on the CD the page turn signals are very subtle. But my son quickly memorized the book anyway and learned exactly when to turn the pages. Also, unlike some the books-on-tape there is no audio version without page turn signals. Both very minor issues.

This is a great value for both a beautifully illustrated hardcover book and an audio CD. A great gift!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
I have bought this book for my grandchildren and have enjoyed reading it with them. Beautiful illustrations and lots of fun for young children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is simply a must have book for your preschoolers! My two boys, ages 3 and almost 5 LOVE this book. It has a great message - you have to practice to be good at things - and the CD is very well done. You cannot go wrong with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Leo the lightning bug
This is an enchanting book, so well written and beautifully illustrated and it includes a CD narrated by the author and his niece and nephew. It has a very positive message of the value of perseverace in the face of obstacles. I love this book and have given it to every child I know!!! ... Read more

100. Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 4) [BBC Radio Presents, 2 audiocassettes, full-cast drama]
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Asin: 0553479172
Catlog: Book (1998-03-02)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 694148
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Narnia has been at peace since Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund helped rid the kingdom of the evil White Witch. But the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Eve have returned to their own world and a dark presence now rules this once harmonious land...

Wicked King Miraz has imposed a pernicious new order of persecution and imprisonment, but the King's nephew and rightful heir, young Prince Caspian, realizing the evil of his uncle's regime, vows to revive Narnia's glorious past. Fearing for his life, he is forced to flee and calls on the four children, the magic of the mighty lion Aslan, and an army of fauns, dwarfs and woodland spirits to help him in his seemingly impossible task.

This acclaimed BBC Radio dramatization perfectly captures C.S. Lewis' magical world as Aslan and his human friends take up the challenge to win back the freedom and happiness which is the essence of Narnia. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Journey of Life
Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia / By C.S. of Lewis/ Harper Collins

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Luzy are suddenly pulled into Narnia from their own land of England by a distress call from the Prince Caspian. Now most of the talking Beasts and enchanted creatures who once lived there in peace have been killed or frightened into hiding.Only Caspian and the rulers of Old Narnia, with the help of the great Aslan, can liberate Narnia and make it safe for its rightful inhabitants.
Pirates of Earth's South Pacific passed through a link between Earth and the world of Narnia, ending up in Telmar, a land to the southwest of Narnia. They invaded and conquered Narnia, and their first king in Narnia was Caspian I, whose line continued unbroken through Caspian IX, father of Prince Caspian. The Telmarines are afraid of the Old Narnians, the Talking Animals, spirits, and other beings who have populated Narnia at least since the Golden Age of 1000 to 1028 when Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund ruled as Queens and Kings of Narnia,
CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS was born in Belfast in 1898. He was Fellow and tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, and later was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University, where he remained till his death in 1963.Clive Staples Lewis, the author of the book entertains people with his writing. The book was originally written for children but it is very well enjoyed by adults because C. S. Lewis has a lot to offer to readers.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Journey of Life
Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia / By C.S. of Lewis/ Harper Collins

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Luzy are suddenly pulled into Narnia from their own land of England by a distress call from the Prince Caspian. Now most of the talking Beasts and enchanted creatures who once lived there in peace have been killed or frightened into hiding.Only Caspian and the rulers of Old Narnia, with the help of the great Aslan, can liberate Narnia and make it safe for its rightful inhabitants.
Pirates of Earth's South Pacific passed through a link between Earth and the world of Narnia, ending up in Telmar, a land to the southwest of Narnia. They invaded and conquered Narnia, and their first king in Narnia was Caspian I, whose line continued unbroken through Caspian IX, father of Prince Caspian. The Telmarines are afraid of the Old Narnians, the Talking Animals, spirits, and other beings who have populated Narnia at least since the Golden Age of 1000 to 1028 when Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund ruled as Queens and Kings of Narnia,
Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. He was Fellow and tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, and later was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University, where he remained till his death in 1963.Clive Staples Lewis, the author of the book entertains people with his writing. The book was originally written for children but it is very well enjoyed by adults because C. S. Lewis has a lot to offer to readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Return to Narnia
I have only seen the movie Prince Caspian. I am reading the book right now. I am on Chapter 2 right now. It is a great book. I like it when the children go back to Narnia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Narnia, Telmar, Wild and Tame
Prince Caspian, the second Narnian Chronicle to be written and the fourth chronologically, is a slightly longer, more subtle book than its prequel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", but a book I enjoyed just as much.

Waiting at a station for a train to school Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are whisked back to Narnia, hundreds, maybe thousands of years after they had originally been the kings and queens. Their castle Cair Paravel is in ruins, the animals are mute and the land is filled with Telmarines, a cynical people who don't believe in the great lion Aslan or any of the great happenings of Narnia's past. Narnia is ruled by Miraz, a usurper to the throne. The real king, Prince Caspian, has fled. With the help of the old Narnians in hiding, Caspian musters an army to fight Miraz and take the throne that's rightfully his. Can he succeed? Will the children be able to help. Will Aslan return?

It's an exciting book, taking you far and wide among Narnia and its creatures. We hear a lot about the dwarves in this book, and of the community of talking animals. We also hear of Narnia's surrounding lands, and of it's constellations. Reepicheep, the feisty talking mouse, appears for the first time in the series. Other characters who appear that are worth a mention include the Greek god Bacchus (I love Lewis' description of him), the bumbling Bulgy Bears, the wise and faithful badger Trufflehunter, a frightening werewolf and many a talking tree. This book also sets things up nicely for "Voyage of the Dawn Treader", the next and one of the most exciting books in the series.

Author C.S Lewis was a sincere christian, and his beliefs shine through in all his work. Prince Caspian is no exception. Here, Lewis seems to deal with the issue of faith and belief. In the age Prince Caspian is set in, Aslan isn't visible, just as God isn't visible to us. There are a lot of people who won't believe in what they can't see (like the Telmarines) but even among them there are some who hear about the truth and are excited by what they hear (like Caspian). You can see the same thing when Aslan appears to Lucy and asks her to follow him, yet no one else can see him until they believe what she has to say. Another theme I noticed is that of how people respond to hearing about their savior. The Narnians respond in many ways, just as people respond in many ways on hearing of God's word. Some are cynical (like the Telmarines), some are faithful (like Trufflehunter), some are doubting and need to see some evidence (like Trumpkin), and some refuse to believe until the bitter end (like the mean dwarf Nikabrik).

All of the Chronicles of Narnia are written for children, but I think some children might struggle through this, particularly during the war chapters. Peter dictates a letter in chapter 13 which is a bit verbose for kids, I thought. There's a bit of intrigue that might goover their head too. When I was a kid and I read this, I brushed over those bits, but I appreciate them a lot more now.

Prince Caspian is fourth in the "reading order", but the only book you really need to read before this one is "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". If you enjoyed that book, you'll probably enjoy this too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prince Caspian, one of the best books around!!!!!
This book was great. It had lots of action and adventure. If you're that kid who loves action and adventure this book is definitely for you. This book is about a boy who has an evil uncle who rules the kingdom. His uncle hates him even though he doesn't show it. He only lets Prince Caspian live because he doesn't have a son to rule when he dies so Prince Caspian will after the relative dies. The evil uncle's wife has a baby and the King now has someone to rule after him so he goes to kill him. He recieves the news and leaves. Later he meets the things that use to be in Narnia. The King leads a war party to kill Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian forms an army and fights agianst the Telamarines even tough he is one too. ... Read more

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