Sunday, October 16, 2016

Aladdin: Read A-Long Storybook and CD by Jan Schonberger-ESSENTIAL

Schonberger, Jane, Aladdin: Read A-Long Storybook and CD. Narrated by Jim Cummings and Full Cast. Disney Hyperion, 2015. $6.99. PICTURE BOOK.

Meet Aladdin, street rat and thief. With a heart of gold, he longs to live in the palace. When he meets a girl in the marketplace who gets into trouble, he rescues her. Soon, however, he learns that the girl he is enamored with is the Princess herself. Arrested by the palace guards, an old man appears to him in prison with promise of freedom and wealth unimaginable. When an old man leads him to the Cave of Wonders, he gets betrayed. Thanks to a blue genie, however, he’s able to not only escape, but turn into Prince Ali. Jafar, the Sultan’s Grand Vizier, however, has other plans for ruling the kingdom and Ali is in his way. Will Aladdin be able to defeat Jafar? Will he win the heart of the princess?

Narrator, Jim Cummings brings his delightful menagerie of intonations to life as he and the cast of Aladdin draw the reader into the story. The movie-like sounds make the reader fill like they are stepping into Disney’s creation, not just reading it. A wonderful, full-sound experience for young children, this is a must-have for any library collection. 

PreK, EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High

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