©1999 Ursula K. Le Guin; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
I'm going to cut and paste a large portion of my reviews of Catwings here.
My 8 year-old daughter has a type of auditory processing disorder. She's multiple grade levels ahead in reading and reading comp, but when she takes in auditory information, her mind's a blank.
I bought this short and all the other catwings titles Audible has available because I love Ursula Le Guin's adult stories, and because these are so short, which may be a turn-off for some. But though they're short, they are rich in imagery, vocabulary, and interest. I didn't want anything infantile for my daughter, because she is such a strong reader.
Jane is the youngest, and perhaps most foolish of the catwings family. Her adventures and misadventures are largely as a result of her foolhardiness which makes for great conversations with a child about the virtues of common sense and wisdom.
Ursula Le Guin has a grandmotherly quality to her voice which is pleasant. It almost feels as though you're sitting at the feet of Grams while she spins a wonderful yarn.
My daughter was captivated. As were we all. As a sidenote, I found that her school performance was better after having listening to one of these stories. Now that we've blown thru these three stories in a week, I'm on a desperate hunt for a similar listening adventure.
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