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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Jane Curtin

Children Ages 6+ • 16 min. • Unabridged • © 2007

An organ-grinder and his monkey play music outside little Frances's window just before Christmas. Frances stays up one night and discovers that the two sleep on the street. Jane Curtin's insightful narration of this gentle, poignant tale is expressive yet elegant. Her assured voice— sometimes amused, sometimes compassionate— illuminates the story's fullest meaning. Whether capturing Frances's childlike innocence or her mother's parental, world-weary tones, Curtin's characterizations bring the story to life. Ernest V. Troost's musical illustrations greatly enhance the story. In addition to the lilting sounds of an organ, Troost uses music to build the drama of Frances's stage fright, and even to suggest the glittering flash of sequins on the monkey's costume. This production is thoughtfully put together—and thought-provoking for the listener. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2009]

Book & Recording • Weston Woods Studios • 2008

CD ISBN 978-0-545-10687-0 $29.95 • One CDs

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