Kid’s Audio Stories
By Trenna Daniells
2 CD’s – Four full-length stories
Courage and Confidence:
Living in the dark, damp swampland of Twoid, Egar risks journeying to a strange new land with the hopes of saving his best friend, Arrow. His encounters with the Twill people opens his mind to a brand new world.
You Can Make a Difference:
Elon and Nefre live in a domed city with an artificial indoor environment. Elon’s curiosity leads them far away from their home planet Phatos and into a risky adventure.
Honesty and Positive Thinking:
Lily’s jealousies over a friend’s pony lead her into a stolen midnight ride. After her dishonesty, she wonders if she will ever be able to make things right again and have a pony of her own.
Turning Problems Into Opportunities:
With the help of Wish the dog, Aaron tackles a bunch of problems. Whether he finds himself over his head in lemons or up to his knees in turtles, the two take on everything.
There isn’t anything I cherish more than the memories of bedtime stories from my own childhood and the times I’d snuggle up with my own children at bedtime to read their favorite books, make up stories, or tell the old fairytales. These are precious moments for both children and parents.
The problem arises when kids believe story time should encompass at least twelve hours of the day like mine did. They were story fanatics. It didn’t matter if it was some silly thing I made up or a book. They just loved stories. And for busy working parents this can be impossible. I remember the first time I found a storybook/tape combo for my oldest child and he wore the thing out, listening to it and reading along over and over. He still wanted Mommy’s bedtime stories, but this was a true blessing for the daytime/evening hours when I was just too busy to sit down and read. After I realized how much my kids loved these audio stories—I looked for and purchased everyone I thought they’d enjoy.
When I received this audio collection by Trenna Daniells, I was a little worried because there were no accompanying books. Without the books, I wasn’t sure how younger kids would take to them. They’re recommended for kids 4-12. I needn’t have worried; with or without books these stories are highly entertaining. To my surprise, I enjoyed listening to them myself and for the most part, the kids took great pleasure in listening to them. One child who’d just turned four seemed a little restless while listening and I think a book with pictures would have helped him enjoy them more. While all children are individuals with their own likes and dislikes, I feel most will love this collection.
The stories are well written and encourages a child’s imagination, self esteem, taking responsibility, acceptance, and other life lessons while being entertained. They’re beautifully read with music and sound effects, which greatly enhances the listening experience.
If you love reading to your child, but find yourself too exhausted at times to face reading a story, these audio stories will be great. Curl up with you kids, listen with them and then have a short discussion about the story before that final kiss and lights out. And since these are audio, the kids can enjoy them on their own when you’re busy.
There are many children’s audio collections out there, but I highly recommend the One To Grow On series by Trenna Daniells for great listening satisfaction and the timeless values they teach.