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Great Kid Books

helping parents find great books for their kids, ages 4 - 14

-------------------------------Berkeley, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • 164 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Heart and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Kadir Nelson
    • Narrated By Debbie Allen
    Overall
    (12)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    Kadir Nelson, one of this generation's most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an "Everywoman," an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history.

    Great Kid Books says: "inspiring historical narrative"
    "inspiring historical narrative"
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    What did you love best about Heart and Soul?

    Kadir Nelson is best known for his beautiful, stunning paintings, but this narrative is wonderful. This history of America is told from the point of view of an African American grandmother telling the story of her country and her people. Debbie Allen brings this to life, just as Kadir's paintings do. The words, the tone, the spirit soar. Wonderful for family listening - absolutely inspiring and heartfelt.


    What other book might you compare Heart and Soul to and why?

    The tone and spirit of Debbie Allen's narration reminded me of listening to Lynne Thigpen narrate The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest Gaines.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Search for WondLa

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tony DiTerlizzi
    • Narrated By Teri Hatcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the she is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, WondLa. Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional childrens literature in this totally original space age adventure.

    colleen says: "Not bad, not that good"
    "fascinating multi-platform book"
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    Tony DiTerlizzi, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles, has created wonderful illustrations to highlight his richly imagined world. Each chapter begins with a double-page illustration that captured my interest. I actually listened to this as an audiobook, but each night found myself pouring over the illustrations in the book. In some places, I found the text did not provide quite enough description, as it assumed readers were also looking at the illustrations.

    Teri Hatcher's narration captured the voice of Eva perfectly, combining an annoying Tween girl's attitude with her mother's restrictions, with her wonder and fear as she explored this new world. DiTerlizzi has also created an interactive visual map which you access online through WondLaVision. This intrigues some students, but I found it hard to break away from my reading habits, bring the book to the computer, and explore this world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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