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Editorial Reviews

Internationally acclaimed storyteller and folklorist Margaret Read MacDonald uses bedtime stories to end story hours on a calm note, and in this collection, she includes seven of her favorites from around the world. MacDonald clearly understands how to manage a young audience, her voice swoops and dips with the action in stories like "Snow Bunting's Lullaby" in which a father bird creates a lullaby for his children only to have it stolen by a raven. MacDonald also finds the right touches of humor and pathos, and young listeners will find themselves empathizing with the characters. This audiobook is a wonderful addition to any bedtime ritual.

Publisher's Summary

Around the world each night, parents tell stories to children as they put them to bed. Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist, storyteller, and children's librarian, uses bedtime tales in the daytime to end her story hours on a calm note. Here, with accompaniment on dulcimer and autoharp by musician Richard Scholtz, she includes seven of her favorites from around the world including: "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle" (British Isles), "Snow Bunting's Lullaby" (Siberia), "Chin Chin Kobokama" (Japan), "Grand is the Evening Sea" (Japan), "Kanji-jo, The Nestlings" (Liberia), "The Playground of the Sun and Moon" (Argentina and Chile), and "Counting Sheep."

For Ages Three to Seven

©1995, 1996 Margaret Read MacDonald; (P)1997 August House Publishers, Inc.

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Horrible reader

Ugh, this is painful to listen to. The stories are good - buy the book and read them yourself. Please, please, don't subject your children to this randomly enunciated drunken ramble.

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No. The kids enjoyed the stories but something is wrong with the sound balance. The music and sound effects were truly painful.