©1975 Verna Aardema; (P)1976 Weston Woods
Avid listener on my daily commute!
This artsy African folktale was a great favorite with my kids, but my grandson loves the experience of this Audible version even better than his Papa enjoyed hearing me read the paper book. Partly this is due to the inimitable performance by James Earl Jones, who rocks it so amazingly that even a childless adult would love it. But partly it's the PICTURES, the stunning, colorful, mosaic-style watercolor illustrations that accompany the original text and which here change automatically--whether you're listening on iPhone or iPad--as the story is read.
The only downside: a baby owl is killed accidentally early on in the story. That didn't bother my own oldest child, who took it in stride as a tragedy necessary to propel the plot, but my grandson was initially jarred by it. (He ended up loving the book anyway, though.)
James Earl Jones's voice was made for story telling. Beautiful story about cause and affect. Even the background sounds, drums, etc. added to the storie's aura.
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