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by | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Children Ages 8+ • 3.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

Tavia Gilbert brings the denizens of Milkweed Meadow to listeners' ears in this middle-grade animal fantasy. Butternut the rabbit comes from a family of storytellers, so she is well suited to tell the tale of the titular rescue. However, she must buck her family's wariness of cross-species relations and her own anxiety, which manifests as metaphorical mental "brambles." Gilbert's sensitive evocation of Butternut's interior journey sees the young rabbit traveling from timorousness to resolve with total believability. As for the other characters, a stouthearted robin named Piper and his family speak in a brisk English accent, and a fawn named Winsome has an Irish lilt. Gilbert uses a generalized American accent for most of the rest, individuating even the many members of Butternut's large family. V.S. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2024]

Trade Ed. • Full Cast Audio • 2024

DD ISBN 9781955324496 $9.99

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