Trade Ed. Listening Library 2007
CD ISBN 9780739338704 $14.95 One CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Merlin the Magician is in trouble, and Jack and Annie must help him by traveling to ancient Japan to discover the four secrets of happiness. Along the way, they eat sushi, watch sumo wrestlers, meet a great poet, are pursued by samurai warriors, and generally entertain listeners with vivid details of Japan's past. Author Pope Osborne reads the story, creating distinct and recognizable voices for her main characters. Jack's is boyish and enthusiastic while Annie's is high-pitched and girlish. Pope Osborne narrates at a pace that allows her verbal details--including especially beautiful images of Japan--to unfold in listeners' imaginations. Children will welcome this pleasing entry in an enjoyable series. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 07/ JAN 08]
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