cover image La Bella Durmiente del Bosque [With CD]

La Bella Durmiente del Bosque [With CD]

Graham Percy. Grupo Oceano, $13.45 (30pp) ISBN 978-84-8214-049-0

K-Gr 2-This version of the tale is fluidly and briefly retold and accompanied by a CD recording of the text. The illustrations are full-color, crayon-style drawings featuring medieval settings and clothing, and characters with rounded, doll-like, gentle faces. The reading is expressive and clear, performed by a male/female pair, allowing for dialog to be voiced by the appropriate gender. Because this book originates in Spain, American listeners will notice pronunciation differences the soft ""c"" and ""z"" sound as ""th,"" the harsh ""j"" sound but this should not lessen their enjoyment of the performance. The glossy hardbound boards may not hold up well to library usage, but booksellers should do very well with this attractively bound book/CD combo. Coop Renner, Paul C. Moreno Elementary, El Paso, TX