Search Results for -
Product Type: Audio
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2010 Award
Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti
(Spare the Rock Records $13.98 Score:)

After the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti, the idea of this CD came about as a way of reaching out and helping. The music is a rare compilation of mainly new recordings done for the benefit of those whose lives were turned upside down. Musicians of all kinds volunteered their talents so this CD includes music from a diverse group of musicians with very different styles; from Pete Seeger to Randy Kaplan to Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and many, many more. This is a pleasing collection with selections the family will enjoy.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


Award
Boston Jane
(by Jennifer L. Holm/ narrated by Jessalyn Gilsig, Listening Library $30 Score:)

Jessalyn Gilsig brings 16 year old, Boston Jane, AKA Jane Peck to life in an adventure story that begins in genteel Philadelphia and leads her to the Pacific Northwest in 1855. That is when Jane, fresh out of finishing school sets sail to marry a young man she loved but barely knows. Nothing she has learned before leaving prepares her for what comes to pass in this suspenseful story. Her journey by sea and her life with the Chinnok people come as a great challenge and surprise that helps her discover much about herself and those she comes to care about in the Washington Territory. 5 disks, 6 hrs., 15 mins.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: . Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
Earthworm Ensemble
(Western Seed Records $14.95 Score:)

Just in time for Earth Day, this CD has an entirely fresh sound that ranges from wistful to witty and all together pleasing. The album combines a rich potpourri of styles played on mandolin, rocking guitars, fiddles, steel guitar, accordion, sax, bass and drum grooves along with outstanding vocal harmonies. Musicians from the well-known band, I See Hawk in L.A. along with talented vocalists such as two Chapin sisters (Tom's daughters). bluegrass singer, Christina Ortega and country rapper Zachariah, among others. You will love the sound effects on the Traveling Train, the deep down humor of That's What the Earthworms Are For and Bang a Drum is sure to make a hit in all senses of the words. This is one for the whole family.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Riot
(by Walter Dean Meyers, read by a full cast, Listening Library $25 Score:)

A dramatization of events surrounding the Civil War draft riots when rich families could pay a poor Irish immigrant $300 to take a son's place in the draft. New York City exploded with riots. Fifteen-year old Claire, the daughter of an African American father and an Irish mother is caught in the city's strife and her own sense of identity. A spirited dramatization that brings a chapter in our history to life. With a cast of more than 20 players, plus music and sound effects, this is a story from a distinguished author. Walter Dean Meyers, as always, addresses real issues of race, class, and mob violence with well researched facts and unflinching honesty. 3 CD's run about 2 hours and 36 minutes. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Mr. Popper's Penguins Audio
(by Richard and Florence Atwater, read by Nick Sull, Hachette $13.98 Score:)

Always a favorite, this jolly storybook classic is performed with delightful verve by Nick Sullivan. In the best tradition of storytelling he uses many voices to bring each of the characters to life. Mr. Popper has always dreamed of being an explorer and visiting the Antarctic. Although he cannot do that and care for his family he writes to Admiral Drake, who send Mr. Popper a gift--a penguin who changes his life! An old fashioned fantasy that has tickled generations of children since it first appeared in 1938, it has lost none of its charm. Bring home a paperback so that chapter readers can reread the story on their own.
A two disk set that runs about 2 hours. A good choice for a long drive. Unlike so many CD's this one has a crisp and lively sound and some piano music sequences that add to the pace and pleasure.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
(Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, et al, Hachette Audio $16.99 Score:)

An amazing cast of talent donated their storytelling gifts to the making of this 3 disk set of stories from across the African continent. Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg,  Benjamin Bratt, Scarlett Johanson, Blair Underwood, Matt Damon, and Helen Mirren among many others tell these classic tales with music by Vusi Mahlasela and Johnny Clegg. The profits from this collection are to go to ANSA, a not-for-profit organization that provides services to AIDS orphans in South Africa. A print version of these stories is available under the same title and published by W.W. Norton. These authentic folktales are not for everyone since some are a little slow. However, these are rewarding tales that often carry a message of wisdom that goes beyond the story. They will be appreciated best by older listeners from 8 & up and their parents, too.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Al Capone Shines My Shoes Audio
(by Gennifer Choldenko/ read by Kirby Heyborne, Listening Library $37 Score:)

In the sequel the Newbery award winning book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, 12-year old Moose is still living on Alcatraz. His dad works as a prison guard there so that his sister can attend a nearby school for kids with special needs. Moose is not exactly thrilled with living in close quarters with ax murderers and such crème de la crème convicts, as the infamous Al Capone. Of course, it's thanks to Al Capone that his sister got into that special school, but the question is what does Capone expect in return?  In her refreshingly breezy but meaningful way, Choldenko gives readers a wonderfully well-paced story that makes you laugh as well as worry. She gives Moose pause to consider serious choices that get dished up in life and seeing the differences between right from wrong. Written with suspense and humor and narrated with style, both this and the original book are good listening as well as great reads.

 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Stage Fright Audio
(by Meg Cabot/ read by Tara Sands, Scholastic $19.95 Score:)

Middle grade girls are no doubt waiting for this newest title in the popular series. Written for younger readers than her popular Princess Diaries, 9-year old Allie Finkle is easy to relate to and funny although all the events in her young life are not laughable. This time out she is less than thrilled when she does not get cast in as the Princess in the school play. To make matter worse, one of her best friends get that part! Even worse, she is cast as the evil stepmother--the worse part imaginable! A 4 CD set runs 3 hours and 56 minutes.  It could make a long flight or a shut-in afternoon feel much less long.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
The 39 Clues, Book 5, The Black Circle
(by Patrick Carman, read by David Pittu, Scholastic $19.95 Score:)

For kids hooked on the #1 bestselling series, The 39 Clues, here's the 5th and newest book done in an audio version by the actor, David Pittu. Though done by one actor alone, the reading is animated performed by many voices, with amusing foreign accents, and a lively pace that keeps the listener on the edge of the seat in suspense. Book 5, The Black Circle opens with the arrival of a mysterious telegram that lures 14 year old Amy Cahill and her kid brother Dan into Russia in hopes of finding not just treasures stolen by the Nazis and what happened on the night their parents died. Mixed in with the adventure, Carman takes the opportunity to painlessly serve up some Russian history along the way. Unlike so many series written by a single author, this one was designed from the start to be done by various well-known children's authors. The Black Circle is by Patrick Carmen, author of such series as the Land of Elyon and the Skeleton Creek series. We suspect a lot of kids can read this faster than the four hours of disks will take. But for some reluctant readers, listening to one may inspire further reading...always a good thing. 9-12

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2009 Award
Dominic
(by WIlliam Steig/narrated by Peter Thomas, Listening Library $25 Score:)

One of Steig’s best, Dominic packs his things and takes off to see the world. Pretty soon he meets up with the Doomsday Gang and so his adventure begins as he proves himself a match for their greedy ways. When word gets around, all who have been subjected to these villains seek Dominic’s help. A tale about the ups and downs of winning one's independence while learning about life and death, love and loss, and a genuine love of life! This is a story adults can savor along with their kids.   2 hrs. & 43 minutes on 3 CD’s. A good choice for a long car trip or flight.  

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products for Infants
Products for Toddlers
Products for Preschoolers
Products for Early School Years
Products for Later School Years
Twitter   Facebook     YouTube 

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio - All Rights Reserved. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award are Registered Trademarks of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.


Instructions for submitting product to the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for review.

 

 

Contact the Toyportfolio by phone at (212) 598-0502 or by email at Webmaster@Toyportfolio.com.

Copyright 1995-2013

 

Products reviewed by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are provided by the manufacturer at their cost. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio does not require or accept fees for reviewing products.