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Illustrator: Marc Simont   Narrator: William Dufris

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    ISBN: 9781591123569
    Release Date: 06/30/2002
    Grades: Pre - 2
    Reading Level: 1.7
    Length:  5 Min 51 Sec

    Stray Dog 1 PB/1 CD
    ISBN: 9781591123569
    Stray Dog 1 HC/1 CD
    ISBN: 9781591123576
    Stray Dog CD
    ISBN: 9781591123552


    "Dufris imbues the story with warmth and joy to accompany the exuberant illustrations." - AudioFile Magazine


    Review by: AudioFile Magazine - December 31, 2002
    "One of the joys of fall is the release of a wonderful crop of new audiobooks. All four of these selections from Live Oak Media are extremely well done--clear sound, appropriate music that enhances the telling but never becomes the focus, and perfectly cast narrators. In SAVING SWEETNESS, Tom Bodett provides just the right long, slow drawl for this Old West sheriff--not too bright but with a good heart. Bodett's fairly flat narration promotes visions of vast open desert and a slow, easygoing lifestyle. William Dufris, narrating Simont's THE STRAY DOG, also reads at a slow pace, allowing young readers time to take in the illustrations. In a story with little text, Dufris manages to convey the varied emotions the family goes through as they find, lose, then recover a charming stray dog; Dufris imbues the story with warmth and joy to accompany the exuberant illustrations. THE CHICKEN SISTERS, another silly story by Laura Numeroff, is brought to life with the slow, easy pace and wonderfully diverse voices of Barbara Rosenblat. Over soft clucking sounds in the background, Rosenblat gives each character a distinct, identifying voice. Over half the pages of THE JOURNEY have no text. Classical music pieces, perfectly suited to Hannah's moods and environment, enhance the story. Narrator Daisy Egan delightfully juxtaposes spunky Hannah's two very different worlds--her breathless excitement amid the crazy, lonely bustle of the city and her homesickness for the peaceful, supportive community of home. A wonderful choice for a one-on-one book or an independent reader, with many layers to consider for older readers."
    Review by: School Library Journal - November 15, 2002
    "Based on a friend's experience adopting a stray dog, Marc Simont has written and illustrated a gentle book (HarperCollins, 2001) about a stray that finds a loving home. When the family first saw Willy they played with him, but left him behind. The next week he was there again, however, and they saved him from the dog-catcher and brought him home with them. The story is simple, yet elegant. It speaks to the child in every reader. The narrator, William Dufris, creates different voices for each character. Light background music and the occasional barking dog sound effect add to the production. Considerable time is given between page-turn signals, perhaps so that readers have time' to enjoy the illustrations. Listeners can hear the narrator turning the pages of his book before the official "page-turn signal" occurs. Despite this minor quibble, this is a sweet book that children will enjoy listening to as they read along."
    Review by: Booklist Magazine - November 15, 2002
    "Any opportunity to introduce children to Simont's delightful book about a mutt who finds a home in the heart of a family is cause for celebration. This somewhat workmanlike program proceeds at a steady pace with slight variations in narration to differentiate characters. Minimal sound effects (dogs barking, car engines running, etc.) add verisimilitude. From an opening glimpse of Willy nosing through a bag of trash to the final illustration of the canine snuggled in a big orange pillow, young listeners will clamor to pore over Simont's expressive drawings."


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