Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages Up to 8, 2013
Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious.
When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.
©2012 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2012 Listening Library
“Stunning artwork.... A compelling plot and interesting secondary characters, especially classmates who are quick to make unfounded accusations and their teacher, who provides wisdom just when it is needed, will leave readers wanting more. One case where an adaptation from an adult book is as much fun to read as the original.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
“A detective is born! What a delightful, breezy read!" (Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of the Magic Tree House series)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
What a delightful short story. This story is aimed at children but adults will enjoy it also. As with all Alexander McCall Smith this story has a moral lesson, I wished more authors would also provide moral and or ethical lessons/problems in their stories. I felt as if I was in Botswana while reading this story, I could almost hear, feel and smell the sounds of the village and school. Adjoa Andoh did a great job narrating the story her accent and rhythm of speaking sounded like the region of Africa. I have both read and listen to Smith books and because of the difficult words such as the names I would rather listen to the reader roll their R's. Lisette LeCat narrated the other books but I think Andoh sounds younger but the accent is the same. Because this book was for children the reader also slowly did the pronunciation of the names which I thought was great.
Although this story wouldn't hold up to modern standards of what makes a short story great, it is a gem of its own. In this heart warming story, a school girl applies what she knows to solve a small mystery that occurs at her school. I loved the way she stands up for what she believes is right and doesn't fall into the peer-pressure/crowd mentality trap that her classmates do when they single out one child as the "guilty" one without having substantial evidence. A cultural gem I was glad my children listened to.
The narration is great in terms of accent and reminds me of my time spent in Africa.
This goes to the top of my list. Was well written and the narration was great too.
Great way to teach children about behavior.
Where the monkies got caught with their paws in the cake.
Will relisten to it many times I am sure.
I'd recommend the paper book. I wouldn't download anything by this narrator again.
Another sweet story by McCall Smith.
When she was narrating the text, she was fine. But when she was narrating the dialog, she got this high-pitched SCREECHY quality to her voice that set my teeth on edge.
Oh, I expect the prolific McCall Smith with come out with another one.
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