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"Six children from neighboring farms have fun all year long in this charming book by the author of the Pippi Longstocking stories." (Publishers Weekly)
If you don't mind certain Christmas myths being blown for your kids, this is a perfectly good recording, and certainly kept both my four year old girl and nine year old boy's attention. However, it also gives the game away on the former subject which I am not ready to have happen, especially for my four-year-old. Very disappointing. I am just hoping they missed it and have deleted it from iTunes.
This was our first audiobook for our 6 and 5 year olds and they loved it. The book is charming and easy to follow and the content is age-appropriate (our kids tend to get scared very easily). The narration could be a bit more animated, but overall it was excellent.
Although not technically a series of short stories, each chapter does stand alone for the most part with charming, gentle stories of rural life in long ago Sweden. My 3 and 5 year old girls were completely captivated.
However I have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned the Christmas issue. I was very glad I was paying attention when it was playing in the car and I suddenly heard a sentence begin with words along the lines of "When I was little I used to believe there was a real..." Luckily I slammed on the off button on time and I told them the CD ran out! Thankfully they didn't suspect a thing. I would have been devastated to ruin the magic of Christmas for my little ones in such an unexpected way with such an otherwise charming book. (Tip, I had burnt this to disc for the car. My husband afterwards burnt another copy deleting what was track 10 for us so that we could remove any danger of a repeat)
My 3 boys (ages 4, 6 & 8) loved, loved, loved this - and so did I. So much so that we found the other Noisy Village book ('Happy Times in Noisy Village') at the library & read it cover to cover. This book describes a wonderful, simple time of children growing up in a Swedish village as neighbors. My kids hooted & hollered at the stories - and I developed a deeper craving to live in a place where the kids could have terrific adventures out in nature just like the characters in the book. I'm just very sad there aren't more Noisy Village books out there - how is that possible when there are endless ninja warrior books & humorless tales of bratty kids hating their siblings??
This was a very nice story reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables...just a story of life, family, friends. I was pleased to find something that wasn't about vampires or witches or dragons. My only caveat is that the book is read at a very slow pace, which annoyed us all for the first bit until we really were drawn into the story. I wouldn't skip it because of that though, it's worth getting settled into the pace to enjoy this pleasant book.
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