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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
High Dive...and Other Things That Could Have Happened

High Dive...and Other Things That Could Have Happened

Spring 2012 Storytelling
Ages: 7 - 11 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00
Review:

Bill Harley, troubadour extraordinaire, scores again with new tales of childhood spun with giggle-inducing humor, a deft amount of wild exaggeration and as always, the ring of truth recognizable to child and adult alike. A painful truth at times, to be sure, as the live-wire kid in Harley's first-person stories finds out in more ways than one. For instance, if you're a 9-year-old with a yen to impress Kristi, the pretty lifeguard at the neighborhood pool, it's probably not a great idea to consume quantities of grape juice during a lengthy wait for the scary high dive. Or, consider that one friend that mom says is a bad influence. The friend whose latest escapade involving water balloons and an angry goat precedes a school field trip gone awry? As it happens, a surprise ending offers a different and telling perspective. And in the moving finale, a very cool, hilariously gross monster-themed Valentine's Day card turns out to be a risky proposition and a touching lesson in empathy. The messages threaded through Harley's richly observant tales are pitch-perfect.

Lynne Heffley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Lynne was a staff writer for 25 years at the Los Angeles Times where she established and maintained the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat and was a general arts reporter. As a freelance writer and editor, Lynne is currently working in the arts and family entertainment fields.

Look for this product at:
Round River Records
800-682-9522
http://www.billharley.com
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B006RY5EJU/parentschoice-20
Available on iTunes

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