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NAPPA 2001 Spoken Gold Awards

Nowadays, we are constantly bombarded with visual images. Sometimes we forget how important listening is. These Gold Award-winners are great ways to introduce children to ancient wisdom, contemporary humor and the power of words to stimulate the imagination.


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    The adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer fill the air in this well-told radio theater-style adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic novel. The St. Charles Players, a marvelous cast of actors, bring this abridged version of the story and all the characters to life right before your ears. A perfect tape for bringing the classics alive for a child.




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    Celtic Treasures, Jim Weiss; Greathall Productions, 2001; $10.95 cassette, $14.95 CD; www.greathall.com, 800-477-6234; ages 7 to 12.



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    This is, indeed, a treasure trove of green and gold shimmering stories. Storyteller Jim Weiss deftly takes us back to ancient Ireland to share Celtic lore in a land of legendary bards, warriors and star-crossed lovers. Accented with delightful traditional music, this recording will leave listeners richer indeed.




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    Understood Betsy, Jeanne Reynolds; Chinaberry Sound Production, 2001; $19.95 cassette; www.chinaberry.com, 800-776-2242; ages 6 to 11.



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    This is a fabulous unabridged reading of Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s heartwarming novel. Jeanne Reynolds has given each character the perfect voice to bring them into focus in the listener’s imagination. Set in early 19th-century rural Vermont, this is the story of how Betsy learns to break free from her overprotected childhood and become a confident and resourceful young girl.






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    Aesop Alive & Well, Diane Ferlatte; 2001; $15 CD;
    www.dianeferlatte.com, 510-655-2719; ages 5 and up.



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    With a catchy song about Aesop, storyteller Diane Ferlatte opens this masterfully crafted collection of fables for young and old alike. The accompanying music is an ideal match for Ferlatte’s dynamic rhythmic style as she brings forth each story and song with its strong underlying messages, morals and ancient wisdom.




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    The Champion of Hot Peppers, Greg Harris; Gungywamp Productions, 2001; $15 CD; www.storyplace.net, 541-752-3226; ages 6 and up.



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    Greg Harris has gathered a notable collection of Jewish tales from around the world, which he tells from the heart with a strong clear voice. This is a feast of worthwhile messages about truth, strength and courage, containing words of wisdom to be savored by the whole family.




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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Jim Dale; Listening Library, 2000; $39.95 (12 cassettes), $69.95 CD; www.listeninglibrary.com, 800-243-4504; ages 8 and up.






















    Preschool







    Inside-Out Sleep Game, Patti Teel; Buena Vista Records, 2001; $12.95 CD;
    www.disney.com, 888-992-4200; ages 3 to 7.







    Patti Teel combines music, nature sounds and her soothing spoken words to gently guide children through techniques and songs for winding down and relaxing their bodies.








    Early Elementary








    Brain Bloomers, Imagination Development Group, 2000; $15.95 CD;
    www.brainbloomers.com, 800-546-4440; ages 5 to 7.









    From the first note of a sensational sound track, this engaging and creative recording will have young listeners making "mind movies" of Amy and Chris as they discover a time machine and begin their journeys back in time. Their adventures with Captain Cook and Amelia Earhart are enriched by accurate historical information.









    Feathers in the Wind and Other Jewish Tales as Told by Susan Stone, Susan Stone, 2001; $15 CD; www.StoryNet.org, 847-328-8159; ages 5 to 10.







    Storyteller Susan Stone has thoughtfully chosen eight Jewish stories for this beautifully crafted collection. Then she’s lovingly adapted them for young ears, sprinkling in just the right amount of wordplay in the form of rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. Her voice is expressive and her pacing and tone are perfectly matched to each tale.






    Junie B. Jones Collection, Lana Quintal; Listening Library, 2001; $18 (two cassettes); www.listeninglibrary.com, 800-243-4504; ages 5 to 7.







    Listeners will delight in this rollicking collection of four stories from Barbara Park’s popular series about that spunky little kindergartner, Junie B. Jones. Everyday experiences become extraordinary when seen through the eyes of this 5-year-old. Lana Quintal captures the voice and personality of Junie B. perfectly. Nothing short of hilarious!








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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, St. Charles Players; Monterey Sound Works, 2000; $16.95 (two cassettes);


    www.montereymedia.com, 800-424-2593; ages 9 to 12.







    Jim Dale brings to life J.K. Rowling’s fourth Harry Potter tale. Bursting with an unusual array of characters and creatures, this thrilling, action-packed -- and sometimes dark -- tale stretches over 20 hours. It’s perfect for long car trips or story times when the whole family can sit back and be immersed in the power of the spoken word.







    Vicky Reed, M.A., is active in the Storytellers of San Diego, and for the past 13 years has coordinated storytelling and children’s literature courses for the Department of Continuing Education at the University of San Diego.






    See also:



  • 2001 Honors Award-Winning Spoken Word & Storytelling



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