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Like many Americans, I grew up with such British childhood classics as "House at Pooh Corner." Yet one forgets how veddy British they are, till one hears one's favorite characters, from Christopher Robin to Eeyore, speaking with gorgeous accents, and Rabbit sporting a Scottish brogue, all provided by the glorious Jim Dale. David Benedictus does a fine job bringing Pooh and his pals to life, updating the original ever so gently here and there. The premise of "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" is Christopher Robin's return from prep school for summer vacation. And then, in addition to Owl, Piglet, and the rest, there's a new character, Lotte the Otter, who adds her own feminine (and hilarious) touch to the forest. I hope Benedictus and Dale team up again to bring us more pleasure. And more HUUUUMMMMMMS! I've never heard a hum before, and, yes, this is exactly how they should sound! :-)
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
Jim Dale could probably make the information on a toilet paper package sound exciting!
This Pooh continues book was enjoyable and works well for kids and adults. It was a worthy listen.
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