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Product Type: Audio
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2003 Award
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(by JK Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale, Listening Library $25 Score:) We wish Jim Dale could read all books on tapes. He doesn't just read them really, he performs them with such energy that our testers look forward to getting back into the car to hear the next installment! For kids that find a 700+ page book a little daunting, here's a great way to experience the world of Harry Potter.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Maggies Door
(Listening Library $ Score:) One our top picks of the year, this is the sequel to the well loved Nory Ryans Song. Set in the time of the Potato Famine, this is the story of Nory and her couageous journey from Galway to her sister's door in Brooklyn. A tear-jerker that might make a long trip feel shorter. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Dreamland
(Putumayo $15.98 Score:) Soothing lullabies from many lands sung with authentic instruments in the language of each land. Songs from Brazil, Madagascar, Canada, Scotland, Japan, Argentina, and more. Perfect for snuggle-down time. All ages.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
O Mickey, Where Art Thou?
(Disney $18.98 Score:) The leading Bluegrass singers are included in this collection of classic Disney songs with their own special twang. Songs include “Circle of Life,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” and “When You Wish upon a Star.” If you love bluegrass/country and Disney, this one’s for you. All ages.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Li'l Dan the Drummer Boy
(Simon & Schuster $18.95 Score:) Li’l Dan, who loves playing his drum, is a slave on a plantation during the Civil War. When the Union soldiers tell him he is free, Dan is happy but lost. He goes along with the soldiers and his drumming saves his new friends. Romare Bearden’s art for this story was done many years ago, but it was never published. Narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou. 6–10.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Artemis Fowl series
(Listening Library $28 Score:) Fans of the adventures of criminal-minded young Artemis Fowl and his run-ins with the fairy world will enjoy listening to Nathaniel Parker's narration. All three books are now available on CD. 9 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Carnival of the Animals
(adapted and narrated by John Lithgow/illus. by Bor, Simon & Schuster $17.95 Score:) Lithgow wrote and narrated a story that was inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns' composition. (It was performed by the New York City Ballet.) The included CD is a recording performed by Chamber Music Los Angeles. Lithgow is always enjoyable to listen to and Kulikov's illustrations are engaging—but it will be a hard sell to your average 8 year old.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Number the Stars
(Listening Library $25 Score:) Blair Brown brings many voices to Lois Lowry's suspenseful novel set in Denmark during WWII when the Danish resistance protected their Jewish neighbors and managed to smuggle them out of the country to Sweden. Lowry tells this chapter in history through the friendship of two ten year olds—one who must leave, and the other who is forced to find courage inthe face of true danger. 9 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Fisher-Price Tuff Stuff Tape Recorder with Voice Warp
(Fisher-Price $34.99 Score:) The classic Fisher-Price Tuff Stuff Tape Recorder with Voice Warp did not get great feedback as a result of the new warping feature. Testers liked the sturdy quality of the machine but complained that the warping voices (monster, robot, alien, bunny) did not work well and detracted from the product. This product was being redesigned as we went to press.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Barbie CDG Karaoke Tape Recorder with Wireless Microphones
(Kid Design $99 Score:) Really cool—this plays both CDs and tapes, and can record. Lyrics are displayed on the TV and kids can sing along with two cordless microphones. Loaded with top pops from current 'tweens idols. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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