Perfect for car trips, bedtime stories, or just for quiet time, this captivating audio anthology emerges from professional author and father of two, A.D. Hasselbring. A Thicket of Tales ignites the imagination, builds self-worth, and strengthens confidence through artfully crafted fairy tales with a contemporary voice. Hasselbring’s innovative, family-friendly storytelling engages children, keeping their minds active through positive characters, new vocabulary, and stunning imagery. As each tale unfolds, it paints vibrant portraits of heroes and heroines and encourages children to explore their boundless imaginations in stories that teach life lessons “with a billow of wind wrapped in a gust of imagination.”
Volume 2: "The Gardening Princess," "The Billamount Tree," "The Good Son."
©2014 A.D. Hasselbring (P)2014 A.D. Hasselbring
Well, I think that this started as an audiobook, so yes, I don't know if there is even a print book.
Kind of like the classic Disney stories - beautifully written, no "modern twists," things that you'll feel great about your kids hearing,and won't get outdated because they're not set in a modern time period. Plus, they all teach a lesson (but not in an in-you-face way),which made me really happy.
It was really pleasant audio to listen to - it's something my wife and I enjoy having on rather than something we tolerate.
I don't know if we did, but the kids did - there was clapping, cheering, and genuine concern for the characters.
I was totally sold after the first volume. I'll be following this from now on, and already bought these for our nieces and nephews.
The first one was so good that I bought the second one halfway through our road trip. No matter how cranky my kiddos were, there was peace (and dare I say actual happiness?) the minute that I hit play on these stories. My husband started calling it "the silver bullet" about 2 hours in... These are going to have a permanent spot in our cars and at home, too. Might have to break down and get the CD, too...
Each of these stories are really different from one another, so I'm not sure what I'd compare it to. I guess maybe I'd compare it to Grimm's Fairy Tales because of the adventure, imagery, ad vocabulary, but with some softened edges! (No scary witches here, just characters you can root for who are really good role models.)
I'd have to say that my favorite scene was in The Good Son, when Jack is fleeing, overcoming obstacles all the way... (Don't want to give t away!) Definitely a lot of excitement, and my kids actually clapped at the end. Does it get better than that?
Ummm...yeah. We listened to the whole thing, including the last ten minutes in front of a restaurant when the kids didn't want to get out of the car until they heard how it ended! (I have to admit, it didn't take too much convincing. We were pretty into it, too.)
This series is AWESOME. Works for lots of ages, boys and girls, and you can actually feel GOOD about turning it on. It's amazing to me that we have so much kid stuff at home and I always felt like I was trying to find the least objectionable option. Bonus? My kids actually remembered what they heard, asked what words meant, and talked about things they learned.
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