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Jefferson

Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan Member Since 2010

I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

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  • "Idyllic, Funny, Vivid Childhood Adv..."

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    This is an utterly charming audiobook! Arthur Ransome's story about the four Walker siblings ("Able Seaman" Titty being my favorite!) and the two "Amazon Pirate" girls and their idyllic adventures during a perfect August in 1929 sailing around a big lake in the Lake District and camping on Wild Cat Island in it is vividly, humorously, winningly told. Ransome is so good at capturing how kids play, with one half of their minds and hearts in fantasyland (pirates, explorers, the Pacific ocean, sharks, buried treasure, sea battles, walking the plank, deserted islands, etc.) and one half in the real world (making safe fires, cleaning fish and pots and pans, teaching a younger sibling how to swim, managing sailboats efficiently, etc.). He's so good at depicting how their thoughts and imaginations and hearts work! And his girls, especially Titty and Nancy, are at least as imaginative, bold, wild, and strong as the boys.

    I cringed at first when I heard the kids referring to the "natives" (locals) from the standpoint, I thought, of "civilized white explorers," but then it turned out to be their way of signifying killjoy adults who are too serious to enter into the kids' fantasy world and became a complex and interesting use of language.

    The reader, Alison Larkin, is perfectly suited to the book. She speaks clearly, thoroughly understands and feels what she's reading, slightly varies her voice for the different characters (from Ship's Boy Roger to Captain Flint), and speaks with infectious good humor and spirit, so that listening to Ransome's delightful text becomes a big smiling and chuckling pleasure.

    The book is also surprisingly moving (without being at all sentimental), as when, near the end, Mrs. Dixon, the local farm woman who has been supplying the kids with fresh milk every morning, says she'll miss them after they leave the lake the next day, and Titty says, "But we'll be back next year and every year after that for ever and ever," and Mrs. Dixon replies, "Aye

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    Swallows and Amazons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Arthur Ransome
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
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    Swallows and Amazons, the book that started it all in 1930, introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat "Swallow," and the two intrepid Amazons, plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

    Jefferson says: "Idyllic, Funny, Vivid Childhood Adventure-Play"
  • "A PURE PLEASURE"

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    This was a wonderful listen! The chapters (linked short stories) recount how Robin Hood comes to be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest, meets the key members of his band, and merrily adventures with them in and around Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England. Howard Pyle's book has many impressive and pleasing points, among them:

    exciting story-telling, rollicking lust for life, savory conversations, compelling songs, apt aphorisms, beautiful descriptions of nature, irreverent chastising of corrupt authority figures, interesting figures of speech (comparing, for example, the swift passing of Robin's anger to a breath on a window pane or the slow brain of a cobbler to a ball of unbaked bread dough), great humor (ranging from comical slapstick to witty banter and funny irony), and thoughtful movement from the light-hearted merriment of youth to the joy and grief of nostalgic maturity.

    Christopher Cazenove reads with a clear voice and a charming manner and an effective range of accents and moods for the various characters, among them the good-hearted and stout Robin, the brawny and faithful Little John, the refined Will Scarlet, the querulous Sheriff of Nottingham, and the bestial bandit Guy of Gisbourne. Cazenove even remains in each character's voice as he sings the occasional catchy or lovely folk ballads. He infuses his reading with such meaning, humor, and life that listening to this audiobook was a pure pleasure that made me smile and laugh and finally moved me to tears.

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    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
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    Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.

    Jefferson says: "A PURE PLEASURE"
  • "A Great Dramatization with a Perfec..."

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    This is an excellent dramatization of A. A. Milne's delightful classic book about Pooh, the bear of little brain, and his quirky friends. The different voice actors are perfect, with standouts being Judi Dench as one of the two narrators, Jane Horrocks as the husky, high-voiced Piglet, and Geoffrey Palmer as the appealingly gloomy Eeyore. Stephen Fry does a sturdy Pooh, though at times I had the uncanny impression of Fry himself standing before me rather than Pooh bear. Two narrators, one male, one female, narrate the chapters, switching back and forth repeatedly and rapidly, and after about the first chapter, I found myself enjoying the switches, as though I were being read to by two ideally witty and warm parents or grand-parents at the same time. The piano music that begins or closes chapters and accompanies Pooh's "hums" is pleasant and appropriate. The sound effects help the listener to imagine the scenes without distracting him/her from the savory text. And the dramatization doesn't abridge much; from what I could tell (by comparing the first chapter in the book with the first one in the audiobook), the dramatizers include pretty much all of Milne's words and chapters except for occasional dialogue tags that are conveyed well enough by the different voice actors.

    It was very entertaining to listen to this book; I often found myself smiling and chuckling at the foolish and charming exploits of Pooh and company and wishing the book would not end.

    By the way, I tried the samples of Peter Dennis reading the unabridged Pooh books and was completely turned off by the bizarre grunting-farting noise that punctuates all of Piglet's utterances. Jane Horrocks is much much MUCH more appealingly Piglet-y.

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    Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
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    Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Dramatization with a Perfect Piglet"
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twyla's greatest hits:
  • Escape from the Carnivale: A Never Land Adventure

    "Love the Peter Pan series, this one was just OK"

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    I have a collection of the Peter Pan books that my son and I have listened to or read. We enjoy them. This one was very short. It was entertaining but compared to the others it was just ok. Good, but not Great.

  • Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    "Good Listen, Entertaining and Informative"

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    The idea of this book was very creative. Rush is a decent narrator. You are entertained and informed all at the same time. Enjoyed listening with my 12 year old son. He was impressed. Recommend

  • The Boxcar Children Collection: The Boxcar Children (Book 1), Surprise Island (Book 2), The Yellow House Mystery (Book 3)

    "Love these on Audio - Great stories!"

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    Had a great time listening to these stories with my 11 yr old son. I read all of these as a child and enjoyed hearing them all over again! Good books.

  • Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective Audio Collection

    "12 Year old Son - gives this 2 thumbs up!"

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    My son listened to this and he enjoyed it. He gave it 2 thumbs up.

C. Telfair

C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2006

Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    Initially, I was disappointed that Kimberley Reynolds lacks the dynamic and conversational style that is so desirable in an Audible course.

    But, wait. The information packed into this set of lectures is so interesting and so valuable that I soon forgave, and actually came to like, the rather stiff delivery. This is a serious presentation of the history not only of children's literature but of the changing concept of childhood itself.

    Most of us choose books for our children based on what we have enjoyed ourselves, what we think will interest the kids and advance their reading skills, and on the pure entertainment value of the material. This course will likely not change that, but having a more scholarly foundation about the psychological and developmental benefits of reading for young people at different stages will offer a great advantage for parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians and others who help children choose appropriate books.

    The literature covered includes analysis of books for all ages of childhood, from infancy to young adult. When the subjects got a bit too esoteric for me (mostly in the YA lectures), I found the PDF study guide to be very helpful in deciding which lectures would interest me most. Although the analyses sometimes offer more detail than many of us ultimately want, I believe there is much general and particular information here that will be of interest and value to all parents and literature lovers.

    Another benefit is the timely nature of the course. Harry Potter is discussed, as are "The Hunger Games" series. Professor Reynolds touches on new technologies like digital and interactive books and the endless merchandise tie-ins which are peddled to children on the media. There's a bit near the end about the effects of tough economic times on youngsters. This is up-to-date stuff!

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    The Modern Scholar: Children's Literature: Between the Covers

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kimberley Reynolds
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    In the 21st century, many of the best-known and most influential stories have been conceived for juveniles. In "Children’s Literature", Professor Kimberley Reynolds of Newcastle University delves into the phenomenon and “golden ages” of this remarkably diverse literary genre. Throughout the lectures, Reynolds addresses questions of why children’s literature is so popular and how these extraordinary works have both responded to and helped to shape childhood.

    C. Telfair says: "Really valuable information here"

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
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    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Stephanie says: "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
  • Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Payne (translator)
    • Narrated By Bernard Cetaro Clark
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    The original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale. It concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin. He is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin's late father and convinces Aladdin and his mother of his goodness by making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant. His real motive is to persuade young Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave.

  • If I Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

    Heidi P :) says: "Loved the story!"
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
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  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
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    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
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    Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Deborah Gunnlaugsson says: "Over the top!"
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
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    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
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    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
  • Stevie Meanie Stinkerpots

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Carlucci
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Jennifer Carlucci wrote the story Stevie Meanie Stinkerpots because as an educator, she's had many students come through her classroom with behavior problems. But, if you take the time to get to know their story and show them you care, you can turn their entire school experience into a positive one! Jennifer lives in Fairfield, Virginia, with her husband, Nick, two daughters, Katie and Sophia, their dogs Shiloh and Ace, their cats, Olive and Rue, and their horses, Elmer and Arrow.

  • Little Miss Tattletale

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Konni Jo Bryant
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Every morning Ariel bounces out of bed ready to tattle on everyone around her. "He didn't take out the trash" or "She didn't wash her hands" was all she wanted to say about her family and classmates. But one day she tattles so much that she grows a tattle tail! How is Ariel going to get rid of her tail before she goes home? Find out in Little Miss Tattletale.

  • The Movie House Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Will Overby
    • Narrated By Will Overby
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    Charlie Barnett loves movies. He's such a fanatic that he's become best friends with the manager at the local theater, Mr. Mankiewicz. But when the mob comes looking for a mysterious object and Mr. Mankiewicz is kidnapped, Charlie is thrust into a real-life adventure more dangerous than any he's seen onscreen. With the help of a master of disguise, Charlie races against time to find Mr. Mankiewicz and save a priceless artifact from falling into the wrong hands.

  • If You Want to Be Happy, Give Something Away

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Kathleen Gauger
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    The Christmas season is normally a joyous occasion, but not for Old Gentleman Gray. He was sad and lonely and had lost hope of ever feeling differently. It was Christmas Eve when he was visited by a beautiful, heavenly messenger who filled him with warmth and joy as she shared with him the secret of how to be happy.

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  • Still My Dad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Julia A. Maki
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    When Abbey's dad goes overseas to serve in the military, she's very proud of him. But when he gets hurt and has to come home, Abbey's life changes. Join Abbey as she learns how to help her dad and his new pal, Tori the service dog, in Still My Dad.

  • Big Charles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Katie DeMaio
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    Charles is a cool kid who likes playing outside and getting into mischief with his friends. He is always ready for a new adventure. One day, Dr. Ryan tells him he has cancer, and Charles is confused. He has many questions. What is cancer? What is treatment like? Join Charles as he answers these questions and more. Informative and positive, he shows us friendship and support are sometimes the best medicine a child can receive!

  • I Am Not a Pirate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Shannon Anderson
    • Narrated By Ryo Keith Sato
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    Maddie is excited to start school until she learns she has to go to the eye doctor. When she finds out she has to wear an eye patch, she thinks things can't get any worse. How embarrassing! How will Maddie gain the confidence she needs to face her new friends at school? Find out in I Am Not a Pirate.

  • Rise and Shine, Little Child

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Leigh Ann Hrutkay
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Rise and shine, Little Child, let's go! It's a brand-new day, and it's about to snow. Rise and Shine! Come along with Little Child to experience the possibilities of a brand-new day, the wonder and magic in a snow-filled sky, the adventure of winter-time play, and the warmth, love, and care that every child desires. Share it with your very own Little Child today! A portion of proceeds from Rise and Shine, Little Child will be donated to Operation Warm, a charity that provides brand-new winter coats to children in need throughout the U.S.

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  • Christmas Love

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Dawn Foss
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Are you looking for a Christmas book that will bring your family closer together? Then look no further! Sit down as a family and listen to Christmas Love. It will show you how the original Christmas story applies to families and communities today. Even if you don't live in a picture perfect world, you can show Christ's love to those around you and make the world a better place.

  • Auggie the Doggie and Pat the Cat

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    • By Mike Konsul
    • Narrated By Mike Konsul
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    When Auggie the doggie and Pat the cat strike a deal to help each other out, Auggie holds up his end of the bargain, but Pat goes back on his word after Auggie helps him catch a mouse! Will Pat be rewarded for cheating? Will Auggie be rewarded for his loyalty? Find out in this charming story about hard work, perseverance and loyalty.

  • Around the Block with Mommy

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    • By Denise Madagan
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    "Here we go again, me, my yellow car, and my mommy." Explore the world through the eyes of a toddler as he discovers the world around him in Around the Block with Mommy.

  • The Frog Who Played the Violin

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    • By David Marshall
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Finn has a special talent for playing the violin, but his most special talent is what he is about to give to others. From the beginning Finn, the violin-playing frog, always knew who he was and what his talents were. But when all the other frogs try to tease him and discourage him, will Finn compromise his values and dreams? Find out in The Frog Who Played the Violin.