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steve

steve kearny, NJ, United States Member Since 2009

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  • "Answers all of the questions"

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    The book is even better than the movie and that’s saying a lot considering the movie is great. Interesting that in the book, the horse is the narrator since the story is from his point of view this makes sense and obviously would not work in a movie.

    Possible Spoiler Alerts:

    With that said, I love how the book answered all of the questions I had after watching the movie such as:

    Unlike the movie, the father was supposed to buy a cow instead.

    I hate the name of the horse, until I read that it was named Joey b/c the kid already had a horse named Zooey.

    In the book, there is no mention of the father drinking because he went to war and they never had a war badge of honor that was carried around as it was throughout the movie.

    Two German kids who abandoned the war because of a promise to their mother, weren’t in the book at all.

    And after watching the movie, I was wondering why the Grandfather looked different at the end and in the book, it states that he looked different because it was supposed to be years later.

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    War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
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  • The Year the Cat Saved Christmas: A Novella

    "Even the print version is predictable"

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    Would you try another book from Barbara Bretton and/or Patricia Fructuoso?

    Oh, God, no! A simplistic, slapped-together, predictable book that was obviously chucked out in a few weeks with a painful narration


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I was looking for a warm Christmas story, and that this one had a cat sold me on it. I was sorely disappointed by the wet hot mess it was. I think I'll go back to "Jacob T. Marley" for my Christmas ya-yas.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patricia Fructuoso’s performances?

    Once again—NO! Her inflections were all over the place, and it totally disrupted the rhythm of the story. Her tone is nice, but the delivery was painful. It was as though she were reading to a three-year old, trying to lull the child to sleep, not even trying to convey character, setting, personality, purpose.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Year the Cat Saved Christmas?

    The whole thing was plain silly, only the presence of a cat made it tolerable enough to skim through the kindle version that I bought to bring the audible version price down. But listening to the book? Impossible!


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth even a small sum of money (which, fortunately, is all that I expended on it), and don't even THINK about using a credit on this. Look for the books on Dewey the Library Cat, or A Streetcat Named Bob for good animal stories. And definitely give Jacob T. Marley a listen for Christmas instead. This was just painful!

ESK

ESK Moscow, Russia 12-10-12 Member Since 2011

There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    The book was moving and amusing, and D. Thorn's performance was superb. The stories are meant for children and big boys and girls who love fairy tales.
    Here is the list of the stories:
    How the whale got his throat; How the camel got his hump; How the rhinoceros got his skin; How the leopard got his spots; The elephant's child; The sing-song of old man kangaroo; The beginning of the armadillos; How the first letter was written; How the alphabet was made; The crab that played with the sea; The cat that walked by himself; The butterfly that stamped.
    'The Tabu tale' is missing.
    The only thing I'd like to warn readers about is that the recording is a bit messed up. While downloading the audio, it struck me as odd that the length should be 6 hours and 39 minutes. That's a bit too long for the 12 stories, eh? It turned out that the book should have lasted 3 hours and 29 minutes, but some of the stories repeat themselves.

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    Just So Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By David Thorn
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    Rudyard Kipling's classic collection of short stories for children, offers fantastic explanations for the origins of certain animals' characteristics, why tides ebb and flow and even how the alphabet was invented.

    ESK says: "Excellent but for the recording"

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  • 4.8 (131 ratings)
    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

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    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
  • 4.8 (48 ratings)
    The Hundred and One Dalmatians (






UNABRIDGED) by Dodie Smith Narrated by Martin Jarvis

    The Hundred and One Dalmatians

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    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a "financial wizard" who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners. Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies.

    Arie says: "A lot of fun"
  • 4.8 (37 ratings)
    Watch Wolf: Wolves of the Beyond #3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Lasky Narrated by Erik Davies

    Watch Wolf: Wolves of the Beyond #3

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    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
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    Far from the owls of Ga’Hoole, a war is brewing. A bear cub has been snatched by a wolf - an unthinkable betrayal of the peace that has long existed between the wolves and grizzly bears of the Beyond. The bears are massing, roaring for revenge. The wolves claim to be innocent, but they must either fight back or face total annihilation. For Faolan, a young wolf raised by a grizzly bear mother, the threat of war starts a terrible race. Somewhere in the honorable wolf clans hides a traitor, and Faolan must stop him and rescue the lost bear cub before it’s too late.

  • 4.8 (27 ratings)
    The Velveteen Rabbit (






UNABRIDGED) by Margery Williams Narrated by James Mio

    The Velveteen Rabbit

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    • By Margery Williams
    • Narrated By James Mio
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    A little boy receives a toy rabbit for Christmas one year, and he and his plush plaything soon become best friends, embarking on imaginary adventures for hours at a time. When the boy and the rabbit are separated, the toy ventures out on its own to learn about this strange thing "being real". This is a heart-warming classic about the great joys of childhood and the magic of love.

    Pete says: "Kids Love this Book"
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  • 4.8 (25 ratings)
    The Valentine's Day Robbery: Hank the Cowdog (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    The Valentine's Day Robbery: Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    It's Valentine's Day on the ranch but bachelor-cowboy Slim Chance doesn't know it. Sally May tells him to forget about the cows and "Go to town and buy a nice gift for Miss Viola!" Slim hates to shop, but he goes to town (with the dogs, of course) and buys a nice box of candy for Miss Viola. But on the way to Viola's house, Hank and Drover take an interest in the candy and...will there be a Happy Valentine's Day on the ranch? Slim sings a bachelor's opinion in his "Valentine's Song."

    Hailian says: "Short But Charming"
  • 4.8 (23 ratings)
    The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse

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    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    An eye for an eye. Things are looking pretty bleak for Hank the Cowdog. First he gets sick on poisoned bacon grease. Then he accidentally trips Sally May - and she ends up with a broken ankle. And if that's not bad enough, he gets stuck playing dress-up with Amy and Ashley, Little Alfred's cousins. But when Tuerto the Killer Stud Horse breaks free and charges at the girls, Hank knows it's up to him to protect them. He'll show that one-eyed horse who's boss - even if it means risking his own life!

    Kara says: "Excellent book for young readers"
  • 4.8 (21 ratings)
    Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest

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    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    Lost: one little boy. When Little Alfred runs away from home and winds up in the Dark Unchanted Forest being trailed by a bobcat, Hank the Cowdog knows that it's up to him to save his young master. So, mustering up all the courage that a Head of Ranch Security can come up with, he bravely makes his way into the forest.

    Caleb says: "good audiobook"
  • 4.8 (21 ratings)
    It's a Dog's Life (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    It's a Dog's Life

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    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    It's all fun and games until somebody ends up in the pound. It's been a busy few days for the Head of Ranch Security, what with routine patrols and not-so-routine combat with headless monsters. When the dust settles, Hank decides to take a break from duty and visit his sister in town.

    Vanessa says: "love these cute stories! great family entertainmen"
  • Black Beauty (






UNABRIDGED) by Anna Sewell Narrated by Simon Vance

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    In this classic story, set in Victorian England, a well-born colt tells his life story, from his early years in a pleasant meadow to his experiences as an elegant carriage horse and then an overworked cab horse. As he passes from one owner to another, some gentle, some cruel, Black Beauty tells a moving tale of an animal's perspective on the human world.

    Ilana says: "A Treat for Horse Lovers"
  • The One and Only Ivan (






UNABRIDGED) by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao Narrated by Adam Grupper

    The One and Only Ivan

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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    Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

    Ed says: "Very nice story"
  • War Horse (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Morpurgo Narrated by John Keating

    War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
  • Charlotte's Web (






UNABRIDGED) by E.B. White Narrated by E.B. White, George Plimpton

    Charlotte's Web

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By E.B. White, George Plimpton
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    Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. This 1953 Newbery Honor Book comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

    Richard says: "Some book"
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  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle (






UNABRIDGED) by Beverly Cleary Narrated by B. D. Wong

    The Mouse and the Motorcycle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary
    • Narrated By B. D. Wong
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    Ralph is not like the other mice at the Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for adventure. It is Ralph's lucky day when a young guest named Keith arrives with a shiny miniature motorcycle. Right away, Ralph knows that the motorcycle is special - and made to be ridden by an adventurous mouse. And once a mouse can ride a motorcycle...almost anything can happen!

    Demetria says: "Sensitive five year old loves it!"
  • Shiloh (






UNABRIDGED) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Narrated by Peter MacNicol

    Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
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    From Phyllis Reynolds Naylor comes this unabridged recording of her Newbery Award-winning tale of adventure, courage and love, the timeless and moving story of a dog in trouble and the young boy who would save him.

    kswift says: "Captivating!"
  • The Gruffalo (






UNABRIDGED) by Julia Donaldson Narrated by Hal Hollings

    The Gruffalo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Hal Hollings
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    A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this - so he invents...the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo...is there?

    Ann says: "Clever story, fun performance."
  • Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Mull Narrated by Nicola Barber

    Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed forever.

    Jade Yeager says: "Not Such a Great Story"
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  • Racing in the Rain (






UNABRIDGED) by Garth Stein Narrated by Henry Leyva

    Racing in the Rain

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    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Meet one funny dog - Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zo; his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack - it isn't simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family's challenges and emerges a hero.

    Ellen says: "Loved it!"
  • Rikki Tikki Tavi (






ABRIDGED) by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Curtis Sisco

    Rikki Tikki Tavi

    • ABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
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    A young mongoose protects his human family from two murderous cobras. English Nobel laureate Kipling's best story from The Jungle Book collection, "Rikki Tikki Tavi" has been adapted many times to film and television.

    Annette says: "Rikki Tikki Tavi"
  • Silver Brumby Kingdom (






UNABRIDGED) by Elyne Mitchell Narrated by Caroline Lee

    Silver Brumby Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elyne Mitchell
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
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    Dawn is swept away in a river, and Baringa must leave his other mares to find her. Unaware of this, Lightning wants Dawn more than ever, and he brings even more trouble to Quambat flat by stealing another of Stallion's mares. Thowra comes south to visit his beloved grandson, Baringa, only to hear tales of how Baringa has died fighting Bolder, a killer, and that Lighting seeks Dawn. What is the truth behind Baring's disappearance? Where is Dawn? And who will come out on top when an angry black stallion comes to Quambat flat seeking his mares?

  • Guess How Much I Love You: Special Moments (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam McBratney Narrated by SLR Productions

    Guess How Much I Love You: Special Moments

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    • By Sam McBratney
    • Narrated By SLR Productions
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    Based on the bestselling picture book which has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, this gentle series is about the love and friendship between father and son. In these charming stories, Big and Little Nutbrown Hare and friends play and laugh as they explore the wonders of the natural world around them. Taken from the beloved TV series, this audio edition is the perfect bedtime companion for young children.

  • Wombat’s Musical Adventure: The Musical Adventures of Professor Anacrusis, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Chrissy Tetley Narrated by Mark Greasley

    Wombat’s Musical Adventure: The Musical Adventures of Professor Anacrusis, Book 1

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    • By Chrissy Tetley
    • Narrated By Mark Greasley
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    Wombat is looking for a musical instrument to play. But his real problem is to find one that is not too big and not too long. Not too difficult and not too tall. And not too heavy and not too loud. Assisted by Bundy the dog, Wombat begins to look at some musical instruments. But will he find one that is just the right size and shape for a little Wombat to play?

  • Stick Dog Chases a Pizza (






UNABRIDGED) by Tom Watson Narrated by Andrew Eiden

    Stick Dog Chases a Pizza

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    • By Tom Watson
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
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    Stick Dog and his furry friends are back! In this third hungry and hilarious adventure, Stick Dog and his pals are out for a pizza - if they can get one that is…a must-have for fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Stick Dog and his furry friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo are back in another adventure! Everyone's favourite cartoon canines are hungry again - and this time it's pizza that has their mouths watering. But when it's Pizza on the go…can they chase it down?

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  • Puss in Boots (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Perrault Narrated by Alice Hamley

    Puss in Boots

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    • By Charles Perrault
    • Narrated By Alice Hamley
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    When the youngest of three sons inherits only a cat, he believes he is destined to die of starvation. But the cat turns out to be rather an extraordinary animal. Not only is he able to speak, he is also a highly resourceful and cunning creature. The cat asks for a pair of boots and a sack. He uses the sack to catch rabbits and partridges which he presents to the King as gifts from the "Marquis of Carabas". The King is curious to meet the mysterious Marquis who sends such generous gifts.

  • Tales About Rhythm and Music Notes: The Musical Adventures of Professor Anacrusis, Book Two (






UNABRIDGED) by Chrissy Tetley Narrated by Landon Tucker

    Tales About Rhythm and Music Notes: The Musical Adventures of Professor Anacrusis, Book Two

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    • By Chrissy Tetley
    • Narrated By Landon Tucker
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    Wombat is having cello lessons but is finding that learning how to read music and understand the meaning of music notes and values, is much too hard to understand. Accompanied by Koe Koala and Pocket Kangaroo, Wombat visits the Music Shed where the animals enjoy movement and rhythm discussions with Professor Anacrusis. But while they are busy working out note values, and playing with music notes in the train carriages, there is trouble brewing at the Music Shed. So what really happens when some of the music notes decide to run away?

  • Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills (






UNABRIDGED) by D.C. Rush Narrated by Tracy Elman

    Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

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    • By D.C. Rush
    • Narrated By Tracy Elman
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    The world is a very big place when you're a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can. Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing another Whale, Wilma, with her.

    Susan Keefe says: "A lovely story for children."