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review 2016-10-03 22:08
The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots (Peter Rabbit) - Beatrix Potter, Quentin Blake, Helen Mirren
The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots (Peter Rabbit) - Beatrix Potter,Quentin Blake,Helen Mirren

The title kitty isn't the bland pet her woman thinks. This cat has worked out a scheme with a friend that allows her to get out whenever she likes, in order to get into trouble. Trouble being a gun and a rather smart tweed hunting suit. I was prepared to find the art jarring, because Blake isn't particularly similar to Potter, but it worked beautifully. Successful find on all counts. I wish there would be more.


  Library copy

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review 2014-07-13 16:16
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales - Nelson Mandela

Do not read this, listen to it.


Besides the veritable buffet of Hollywood A-listers from various ethnic backgrounds providing narrations, there’s beautiful music and songs in the interludes between stories and in the stories themselves. I’ve derived much enjoyment from the imaginative and enthusiastic performances from the narrators, most of whom possess great skills with accents. Even if you don’t recognise a couple of the narrators’ names, odds are you’d recognise their faces.


Whoopi Goldberg and Hugh Jackman’s performances were outstanding though most were above average.


Urban legends, origin stories, fables, parables, myths, magic, time travel, African versions of well-known fairy tales, clever and devious characters, and emotionally touching stories – what more could you want?


Well, the publisher has donated 100% of its takings from the audio to Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Artists for New South Africa who work with children affected by HIV/AIDS.


Here’s a rundown of the folktales:


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Source: literaryames.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/nelson-mandelas-favorite-african-folktales
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quote 2013-09-26 18:35
It seems to me that the years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready.

Helen Mirren

Source: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1416567607/talentdevelopmen
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