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Author: Sharon Creech   Illustrator: Harry Bliss   Narrator: Harry Bliss

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    ISBN: 9781591124979
    Release Date: 05/30/2003
    Grades: K - 2
    Reading Level: 3.3
    Length:  13 Min 03 Sec

    Audio File
    Fine Fine School 1 PB/1 CD
    ISBN: 9781591124979
    Fine Fine School 1 HC/1 CD
    ISBN: 9781591124962
    Fine Fine School CD
    ISBN: 9781591124955


    "This outstanding readalong begins with lively music that, combined with Bliss' energetic reading, alerts youngsters that they are experiencing one silly, playful story..." -School Library Journal


    Review by: School Library Journal - January 15, 2004
    "This charming tale by Sharon Creech tells of an exuberant principal who is so pleased with his student's achievements that he extends the school day to include weekends, holidays, and the summer. A young student, Tillie, convinces him that there are important things that kids can learn outside the classroom as will. Perhaps it is not so fine to be at school all of the time. Harrry Bliss, a New Yorker cartoonist as well as the book's illustrator, narrates this story. His reading is energetic, and his voice is clear and enjoyable. Appealing sound effects add to the story, such as school bells ringing and children cheering. On side one of the cassette the story is told with page signals; the second side tells an uninterrupted version of the tale. The page signal consists of the actual sound of a page turning, and may be difficult for young listeners to discern, along with the many varied sound effects. This book tape set is certain to be a popular addition in public and school libraries"
    Review by: Booklist Magazine - January 15, 2004
    "Tilly and her classmates are confounded when the principal announces school will be held on weekends, holidays, and during the summer, too! This outstanding read-along begins with lively music that, combined with illustrator-narrator Bliss' energetic reading, alerts youngsters they are experiencing one silly, playful story. Bliss reads slowly and carefully, yet naturally, demonstrating the easy cadence and flow of the words. Music and school noises are heard just under his reading, and these background sounds, especially the students' groans when the principal declares another "fine, fine" idea, are really funny. Bliss also captures the small, faraway voice of Tilly's brother as he struggles to play alone without his sister's help"
    Review by: AudioFile Magazine - December 15, 2003
    "Tillie loves school. Mr. Keene, the principal, also loves school. What would happen if everyone went to school for even more time? Saturdays? Sundays? Holidays? Vacations? Think of all the learning that would happen--or so Mr. Keene thinks. Who will muster the courage to tell Mr. Keene that learning happens in different ways? Listeners will delight in the students' response to the ever-expanding school year as they listen and peruse the detailed illustrations. Illustrator Harry Bliss narrates a well-intentioned but clueless Mr. Keene and a gently persuasive student. Bliss's use of a megaphone, combined with the background sound effects of students and school sounds, provides just the right flavor. This is a fine, fine selection."


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