________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 6 . . . . November 16, 2001

cover Cherished: A Collection.

Read by Morgen Reinhardt & Debbie Seward.
Bridgewater, NS: Aural Releases (RR#3, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2W2), 1999.
56 min., 26 sec., audio cassette, $12.95.
ISBN 0-9685934-1-0.

Subject Headings:
Short stories, Canada (English)-Nova Scotia.
Canadian fiction (English)

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

* /4

This tape collection of five stories is aimed at engaging the entire family in wholesome stories. It includes Christmas stories and lessons a child can learn from the spirit of Christmas. "When Happiness Knocks" is about how love can be found unexpectedly. The tapes are read by two women, and there are few sound effects.

    This tape, although its intention to provide children with healthy moral lessons is laudable, does not hit the mark. What is most critical is that the stories lack a consistent theme, and the content is not always consistent with younger children's understanding of the world. The paucity of music or other sound effects makes it difficult to sustain a child's attention while listening to someone read (the longest story is 25 minutes).

    In trials both with children and adults, Cherished did not hold their attention. Adults surveyed were not inclined to purchase it for their families.

Not Recommended.

Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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