Sometime I just can't read out loud all the books I want the kids to hear. I also like to utilize car trips for something other than playing the Nintendo DS! Solution: Audio Books!
The Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher was a book recommended to coordinate with our Mystery of History vol 2 studies. It goes along with 1,001 Arabian Nights. I always check my library for books and discovered our county system has an audio of this one. I made a note on my schedule and when we got close to that time period I reserved it.
This story is beautifully written, with mystery, intrique and drama. I'm sure we would have all enjoyed this book as a read aloud! However, we listened to the audio version, performed by Suzanne Toren, on a family car trip. She did an amazing job! My children loved it; I loved it; even Tony loved this story.
The main character is Marjan, a handicapped girl, who finds herself living in the harem of the Sultan, in service to his wife trying to help find new stories so she can continue to live another day. Don't let the setting of the Sultan's harem scare you away. None of the images you might associate with a harem and want to protect your children from are mentioned! The characters portray qualities of loyalty and perserverance that provide strong moral examples for our children. The suspense lasted almost until the end of the story. This was one of those audios that we were all still sitting in the car listening to even after the van was in the garage!
Our trip was over before the story, so the kids and I finished it and then passed the CDs on to Tony and he finished them, as well. Yes, it was that good that Tony wanted to finish!
This is definetly on my DO NOT MISS list!