©1997 Paul Fleischman; (P)2003 Audio Bookshelf
"Fleischman's talent for writing stories from various points of view makes his works particularly appealing in audiobook form. Here, 13 different characters come alive via the distinct performances of a widely varied cast. The range of voices and styles suggests a true community." (Publishers Weekly)
I know it a children's book but has a message. In a time full of so much hate and ugliness this short story is a great reminder that things can be different . If you are weary of all the insanity take a break and listen.
THis audio book was even beter than the book. My students were able to listen to the different accents and understand the characters better. I LOVED it
Yes and no, This book is technically for the children's market. Even though a 4th grader could probably read the content just fine, I don't think the content is appropriate until after 7th grade.
I actually think adults will love it more than kids.
I've never read anything else like it before.
So many of the characters are incredibly powerful, but I love Leona.
I actually use this book as part of my curriculum for adults who are in a literacy class. They love the story! I love the story! It is such a simple tale, but it is so rich and full of all kinds of insight into society, immigration, history, and the human condition
How a small space brought neighbors together and unite them.
I don't have any to compare too.
I really enjoyed the accents. really brought them to life.
The author brought out the struggles and feelings in so many lives in a short story and gave hope in a struggling word.
This is a great book (especially for young teens) to learn more about other cultures in an interesting and compelling way.
us. We all need to feel connected, this story helps to grow relationships in a rundown area.
yes, i would. i like that different accents and you easily it is to imaginge the characters in a film. if you are a kid who doesn't like to read much, the audiobook takes this to the level where any kid can fully understand the plot. you can see the lighbulbs going on all the time.
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What a great little book! Narration makes it so very personal. If you have ever wanted a sense of community, here is the makings.
Must listen for anyone who hopes to bring others together in community.
Global citizen. Loves reading, but most of all traveling. If I cannot travel today, let me sit in sunshine and nature with a good book!
I just loved this sweet story and all the voices! What a community! I will start any audiobook newbies on this little gem and definitely will listen to it again!
Yes, the voices in their different accents make this delightful.
It is realistic, but focuses on hopefulness. I real pick-me-up. Not just for children at all.
I started listening on the way to the metro, not realizing until I was greeted with a packet of seeds from the Dept. of Agriculture that today was Earth Day! What a super story to listen to on Earth Day. It makes you want to see the best in all living things - people as well as plants, and maybe find your better self as well.
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