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"Gail Gibbons is known for her ability to bring the nonfiction world into focus for young students. Through pictures, captions, and text, this book provides a window into the world of growing things...Erin Mallon complements Gibbons's text with a clear, clipped, and purposeful narration." -AudioFile Magazine
Anansi the Spider's plan to trick his friend Turtle into doing all the work while he teaches Anansi to catch fish somehow gets turned around. While Anansi doesn't learn his lesson, he does learn the invaluable skill of weaving.
"....Jerry Terheyden's narration alternates between the slow pace of a turtle and the bounce of an exuberant spider.... Balloons filing with air and underwater bubbles are among the fitting sound effects." -AudioFile Magazine
"Author Ken Mochizuki reads his award-winning book. There is some soft background music, and a few gentle sound effects, but the power of the words need little embellishment...This treasure of a book is well-treated in this format." - School Library Journal
11) Cinco de Mayo
In Mexico and the United States the fifth day of May is celebrated with the colorful holiday Cinco de Mayo. In this celebration of the fiesta day, the traditions and history of the holiday are explained in a clear and festive manner.
Deprived of his share of attention when Eloise has kittens, Baxter the Basset Hound feels miserable until he meets the kittens and assumes the surprising role of foster parent, during Eloise's many absences.
14) Fiesta Fiasco
"Brian and Rosi Amador perform the story with energy and a smile, giving distinct voices to each character and presenting the es-language words (nicely defined in the text and in an accompanying glossary) with brío. Light original music with a Mexican flavor dances in the background. A delightful production." -School Library Journal
"Gail Gibbons's detailed introduction to horses is packed with historical facts, breed information, care and grooming tips.... Pierno's well-paced and deliberately pronounced reading is supplemented with sound effects of neighing, whinnying, and galloping horses as well as brief snippets of background orchestra music. ...Children with an interest in horses will find this title an adequate springboard for further reading." -School Library Journal...
"Lively opening band music adds to the fun of author and illustrator Costello's story about Little Pig, aka Jacob, and his siblings...This delightful production adds to the value of the book by allowing youngsters to enjoy hearing what the music and instruments sound like as they follow along with the story." -Booklist Magazine
19) Mañana, Iguana
"A comical takeoff on the familiar Little Red Hen story, this upbeat read-along is brought vividly to life through Brian and Rosi Amador's tandem narration. ...Soft Latin background music is a lilting accompaniment." -Booklist
20) Peeping Beauty
Starstruck by her dream of becoming a famous ballerina, Poulette the hen is nearly taken in by a slick talent scout (a fox) who offers her the lead in his production of "Peeping Beauty."
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