Young listeners will roam the worlds of dragons - from the days of Saint George to the time of the first airplane - in this collection of tales. They'll also add to their dragon knowledge. Did you know that dragons prefer petrol to princesses and that being called "dear" goes a long way toward coercing a dragon to do one's bidding? Bertie Carvel and Emma Gregory narrate with a tone of fondness and with gentle animation. One listens to their storytelling with appreciation for their soothing voices, rich personalities, crisp British accents, and subtle narrative drive. Gregory's lilt brings witches and queens to life and a smile to the listener. Carvel brings mystery and wisdom to commoner, saint, and dragon alike.
Here is a collection of four delightful dragon stories by two master writers for children: "The Reluctant Dragon" by Kenneth Grahame and "The Island of the Nine Whirlpools", "The Fiery Dragon", and "The Last Dragon" by Edith Nesbit. Presented with lively music and even the occasional amusing sound effect.
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The version of Grahame's Reluctant Dragon in this fine collection is outstanding because it includes not just the core story about the dragon, the Boy, and St. George, but also Grahame's original frame for the story. Young Grahame and his sister find what they think are dragon tracks in the snow, and eagerly track the dragon, only to end up, at the close of the day, far from home. Luckily they encounter an adult they know, who respects their story, gives them supper, and tells them the Reluctant Dragon story as he walks them home after supper. Bertie Carvel reads the story superbly.
Emma Gregory does an excellent job with the Nesbit stories. Nesbit's tales are tricky: they have to be read a bit tongue-in-cheek (as Nesbit wrote them) so reader and listener together enjoy the blend of predictability and unexpected twists. Heavy-handed treatment would make them sound trite, but in Gregory's deft performance they are delightful.
If only Audible could offer us a Bertie Carvel reading of the full two volumes of stories of Grahame's childhood, The Golden Age and Dream Days . . . .
The first story was very wordy with lots of long words maybe more suitable to 10+ listeners but the last 2 stories were lovely and great for 6+.
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