(P)1980 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover art ©1995 by Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
I would recommend this story to anyone that would enjoy following the train of thought of the school aged girl as she moved through a dream world. Entertaining, especially read aloud with a talented narrator. I have both readings by Davina Porter and BJ Harrison in my library and enjoy them equally.
I enjoyed her silly train of thought and Lewis Carroll’s play on words through out. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a dream that is non-sense, and Alice tries to makes sense of it all. She falls asleep while sitting on a hillside with her sister who’s reading a book. “what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’Alice's dream becomes everything that her sister’s book is not. She goes along curiously and fearlessly, rehearsing to herself, her school lessons. If she’s not conversing with creatures she’s talking and thinking to herself about each puzzling circumstance. While conversing with a mouse ‘You promised to tell me your history, you know,’ said Alice, …Mouse, turning to Alice, and sighing. ‘Mine is a long and a sad tale!’ said the Mouse ‘It is a long tail, certainly,’ said Alice, looking down with wonder at the Mouse’s tail; ‘but why do you call it sad?’
"Feeling not herself she wonders if she’s someone else, one of her classmates. ‘I’m sure I’m not Ada,’ she said, ‘for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all; and I’m sure I can’t be Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she, oh! she knows such a very little!” She goes on to test herself on some facts that Mable might not know.
Upon entering the rabbit hole the thoughtful dialogue began and it wasn't a quick entrance. Observing the sides of the hole lined with cupboards, Alice grabs a jar of marmalade from the shelf as she passes by some cupboards and then, thinks she doesn’t want o hurt anyone that might be under her so has time to put it back on another shelf rather than drop it. She imagines she’ll never have a fear of falling after this fall. She considers her geography lessons of latitude and longitude, and where she might end up falling to. She thinks about who might feed the cat tonight, and does some silly rhyming, still falling.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
This is just weird! Weird!! But its much more fun after seeing it on stage. I listened to half before we went to a production and half after, and it was much better after. And now I want to read Alice, I am, so I can know the back story.
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