Girl Scout Collection Audiobook VARIOUS ( - ) These articles, pamphlets, and stories relating to the Girls Scouts of America touch on the history, activities, ideals, and traditions of this remarkable girls' organization. Though some of the articles appear redundant, they were selected to represent a contemporary view spanning five years of the organization's early popularity (1917-1921). Of significance are the detailed descriptions of Girl Scout involvement in war work during what is now known Read more [...]
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew audiobook Margaret SIDNEY (1844 - 1924) The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew tells the story of how the Peppers live, learn, and play in their little brown house. They are poor, and Mamsie must work constantly to keep the wolf from the door but they do it with gaiety and spirit that would not be expected. The Peppers make due with whatever they have and the elder children try to make things special for the younger. Though tragedies often befall them, Read more [...]
Our Old Nursery Rhymes audiobook Alfred MOFFAT (1863 - 1950) _Our Old Nursery Rhymes_ (1911) is a book of 30 of folkloric songs arranged by Alfred Moffatt and beautifully illustrated by H. Willebeck Le Mair. You and your child can listen and sing along as you read the facsimile edition online from the Children's Digital Library. These nursery rhymes were performed made by 17 talented university student musicians who are sisters in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women at Read more [...]
Japanese Fairy Tales audiobook Yei Theodora OZAKI (1871 - 1932) First published in 1908, this is a book of "beautiful legends and fairy tales of Japan" that were collected, translated and retold by the author, Yei Theodora Ozaki, who states: "...in telling them I have also found that they were still unknown to the vast majority, and this has encouraged me to write them for the children of the West." In part, the project was the result of a suggestion made by her friend Andrew Lang, another collector Read more [...]
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare audiobook E. (Edith) NESBIT (1858 - 1924) Edith Nesbit, the author of Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, felt passionately that young children should enjoy Shakespeare's great works. She set about to retell his plays in a language that children would not only understand, but delight in. This is a marvelous introduction to the works of Shakespeare that ALL will enjoy. (Summary by Laura) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, General Fiction Language: English (FULL Read more [...]
The Getting of Wisdom audiobook Henry Handel RICHARDSON (1870 - 1946) The Getting of Wisdom tells the story of Laura Rambotham, a 12-year-old girl who is just starting at her boarding school. This is based on Henry Handel Richardson's experiences of her own school, the Prebysterian Ladies College in central Melbourne. The story goes through her friends and enemies and all the life of a boarding school in early 20th century Australia, and all the subjects and learning too. Laura learns a lot but Read more [...]
Five Children and It audiobook E. (Edith) NESBIT (1858 - 1924) This delightful novel begins when a family of five children moves from London to the English countryside. While playing in a gravel pit soon after the move, they discover an ancient and rather grumpy sand-fairy known as the Psammead, who agrees to grant one wish of theirs per day. The children's wishes send them on adventure after adventure, but rarely turn out as expected. (Summary by Kara) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Action & Read more [...]
The Book of Dragons audiobook E. (Edith) NESBIT (1858 - 1924) A dragon who flies out of a magical book; one whose purr quiets a fussy baby; another who eats an entire pack of tame hunting-hippopotomuses: These eight dragon tales are filled with the imaginative wit of children's author Edith Nesbit. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Happy Prince and Other Tales audiobook Oscar WILDE (1854 - 1900) Collection of children's stories written in 1888, dealing primarily with love and selfishness. These stories are generally sad, with a moralistic message. The collection includes: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket. (Summary written by Joy Chan) Genre(s): Short Stories Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Jack and Jill audiobook Louisa May ALCOTT (1832 - 1888) Jack and Jill went up a hill To coast with fun and laughter. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. When Jack and Jill tumble off of their sled on the first good snow of the season, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months putting an end to their fun and frolics. Their parents and friends fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative Read more [...]
Rilla of Ingleside audiobook Lucy Maud MONTGOMERY (1874 - 1942) Written in 1921, this is the final book in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. Set during World War I, it shows the courage and endurance of the sisters, mothers and wives (and brothers and fathers) left to tend the home front. The main focus of the book is on Anne and Gilbert's youngest daughter, Rilla. (Summary by Karen Savage) Genre(s): Children's Fiction Language: English Group: Anne of Green Gables and related Read more [...]
The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter audiobook Beatrix POTTER (1866 - 1943) The Treasury contains nineteen stories written by Beatrix Potter. The most famous story is Peter Rabbit, which features a naughty young rabbit who learns the value of listening to his mother. (Summary by Jenny Lundak) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, *Non-fiction, Animals Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle audiobook Hugh LOFTING (1886 - 1947) Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world.(summary from Wikipedia) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Action & Adventure Fiction, *Non-fiction Language: Read more [...]
Anne of the Island (dramatic reading) Lucy Maud MONTGOMERY (1874 - 1942) Anne of the Island is the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery about Anne Shirley. Anne of the Island was published in 1915, seven years after the bestselling Anne of Green Gables. In the continuing story of Anne Shirley, Anne attends Redmond College in Kingsport, where she is studying for her BA. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast: Anne Shirley/Narrator: Arielle Lipshaw Diana Barry: Read more [...]
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood audiobook Howard PYLE (1853 - 1911) Robin Hood is the archetypal English folk hero; a courteous, pious and swashbuckling outlaw of the medi?val era who, in modern versions of the legend, is famous for robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny. He operates with his "seven score" (140 strong) group of fellow outlawed yeomen -- named the Merry Men. He and his band are usually associated with Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. The Read more [...]
The Wind in the Willows audiobook Kenneth GRAHAME (1859 - 1932) A children's classic, this is the story of Rat and Mole, who have many adventures both on and off their beloved river, with their friends Toad and Badger. This version has been read in a whisper and is perfect for night-time listening in a quiet room. The low volume is intentional! (Summary by Cori Samuel) Genre(s): Animals & Nature Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   The Wind in the Willows Cover of the Read more [...]
Love and Friendship audiobook Jane AUSTEN (1775 - 1817) Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790, when Austen was 14 years old. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, "Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love," which neatly undercuts the title. Written in epistolary form, it resembles a fairy tale as much as anything else, featuring Read more [...]
The Junior Classics audiobook by William Patten (1868-1946) The purpose of The Junior Classics is to provide, in ten volumes containing about five thousand pages, a classified collection of tales, stories, and poems, both ancient and modern, suitable for boys and girls of from six to sixteen years of age. (summary from book introduction) This collection consists of Volume 1 of The Junior Classics, and it contains many well known stories in their original forms. Among stories from other authors, Read more [...]