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I enjoyed the Nurse Matilda books when I was a kid, but I was a little wary of the audio version, as Ardizzone's illustrations were a big part of the appeal. I was glad to find that the audio version was a big hit.
My daughter (4) has been listening to "chapter" books, but they have tended to be more like serial stories (e.g. Pippi Longstocking, Winnie the Pooh) where individual chapters are self-contained. Nurse Mathilda is a good middle ground between these and true chapter books. There is an overarching story wherein the children are gradually taught to improve their habits and Nurse Mathilda gradually transforms herself, but the chapters themselves are episodic. Each chapter is a mini-story within the arc of the overall story.
The story itself is funny and the narrator does a good job.
This is the book that inspired the movie "Nanny McPhee", It is read very well by the narrator and is a fun story that will keep the kids well entertained for a few hrs. in the car. The grown ups will also enjoy it
I love the fact that a classic story such as this one has been given a new 'airing' because of a movie release. I had never heard of the story or the author before I knew about the movie but since researching and finding the Nurse Matilda stories and introducing them to my children (7 and 5 years), we have not looked back and have been enjoying listening to this wonderful piece of children's literature ever since.
It is a classic that should be up there with Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. A must read (or listen) for children from at least the age of 7. We have it playing in the car and I have repeated requests to play it again - my kids love it!
I love this book though I find the narrator a challenge to tolerate. It's a pitch issue, I think. In any event, I highly recommend this book. The movie, Nanny McPhee, is loosely based on this book and both are an enjoyable way to spend a few hours of your day!
I found this old timey children's story entertaining both for adults and for the children I babysit. It was also somewhat educational with an air of fantasy, magic, and moral lessons.
The baby. The baby added extra humor, was very smart, and was very endearing.
I enjoyed the whole book so much, that after thinking about it for several minutes I was unable to chose a favorite.
Absolutely. In fact, I did so the first night I listened to it. On nights when I have a hard time sleeping, I lie down with my headphones on and enjoy the story until I drift off.
The reader did a wonderful job of inserting emotion into the story and changing her voice to suit different characters. It reminded me of when I was a little girl being read a bedtime story by my mother.
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