Book pak BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 2001
CS ISBN 0754051625 $24.95 Three cassettes
Geraldine McCaughrean has collected a myriad of tales from around the world that testify to the richness of the oral tradition and the limitlessness of imagination. From each of the continents come stories of bubbling pots, the son of a sun god, a whale with magical boots, variations of the gingerbread baby, the honesty of the farmer's son, the outwitting of the mighty by the small, dragons, Buddhas, and a magical red shell--just to mention a few of the fabulous ingredients of McCaughrean's cauldron. Christian Rodska is a fine narrator for this folktale collection. His pleasure in the tales is evident as he provides emphasis and pause so that the listener can consider the intricacies of each story. When Rodska takes on a particular character with voice change or dialect, that is just enough to involve the listener in the immediacy of the tale. This is a recording that bears listening to repeatedly. Appreciation will grow each time. A.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 01]
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