Week 11: Along the Mighty Mississippi River

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, July 15, 2015


This week in SYNC we take off down the Mississippi River.

 In both Joseph Helgerson's CROWS & CARDS and Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, we journey along to places and events as new to the stories' main characters as to us listening. Zeb and Huck meet new people, make surprising friendships, and learn plenty about themselves.  Narrators MacLeod Andrews and Robin Field, each of whom has prodigious audiobook narrating credits, bring authenticity of voice, as well as excitement and life, to these well-matched tales. 

CROWS & CARDS is also a great listen for tweens – recommended for 4th-8th grade.We aren’t the only ones to notice this match. Check out the review from Kirkus: "Inspired by Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, Helgerson’s folksy and chatty tale is also reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn in Zeb’s struggles with his conscience and its themes of slavery and freedom." Thanks to Brilliance Audio for making it possible to share this one with you!

Listening to an expert narrate THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN  aids high school students who may struggle with deciphering Twain's use of dialect on the printed page.  Listening together, in your audiobook club or family, also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the social issues Twain detailed through his characters and which continue to be relevant in 21st century America. Thank you, Mission Audio, for providing SYNC with this opportunity.




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