AudioBook Review: Tales for Great Grandchildren by John Jackson

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Title: Tales for Great Grandchildren: A Collection of Folk Tales from Ancient India and Nepal
Author: John Jackson
Illustrator: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
Narrator: John Jackson
Format: Hardcover, eBook and AudioBook
Publisher: JJ Books
Audio Producer: John Jackson
Pages: 143
Length: 1 Hour, 42 minutes
ISBN: 978-0956921239
Source: Publisher via AudioBook Jukebox
Genre: Folk Tales – India and Nepal
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 4 Story: 5
Purchase Now: Hardcover §  eBook §  Audible

About the Book:

Drawing on the folklore and mythology of India and Nepal and inspired by author John Jackson’s travels in those countries, ’Tales for Great Grandchildren’ is an enchanting collection of 13 illustrated short stories aimed at children aged 7-12 years old.

John’s stories have been brought to life by critically acclaimed artist Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini who has created 27 original illustrations including 13 full colour works.

Bound in buckram, block printed and hand-bound, the original, limited edition hardback was produced using the same methods and attention to detail used to create the earliest illustrated gift books by Rackham and Dulac. The Kindle version of ‘Tales for Great Grandchildren’ builds on the success of the luxury hardback edition.

Readers can now enjoy this enchanting book on their Kindle and, for those with a colour Kindle, they will be able to experience Daniela’s colour works in their original splendour.

AudioBook Review:

While presented as being for children from 7 – 12, this is the perfect collection to share with children of all ages: providing a perfect series of quiet moments, or relaxing before nap or sleep. These 13 stories mix in creatures familiar and less so: I think my favorite was the story entitled Lovely One, with the king’s elephant that missed his lotus flower and was moping.

John Jackson self-narrates these stories, and has a voice that will bring a sense of a grandfather or great-grandfather as he reads to you. While not a typical narration style, Mr. Jackson’s accent is endearing, and his delivery is smoothly transfixing: a perfect accompaniment to the stories that manages to lend a depth of history to stories that are new and fresh to your ears. It was truly a pleasure to listen to, with many moments that felt as if I was a child again and my own grandfather was reading to me.

Illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, the black and white versions that I saw were stunning and elegant: feeling very ‘eastern’ in their composition and line.

This is an AudioBook that brings a sense of wonder and calm, as it opens ears and minds to the folk history and tales of lands far away. I’ve often said that books can bring a sense of understanding and common belief to us, if we allow. This book does that beautifully, and will be your ‘go to’ for those reluctant nappers and quiet moments.

I received an MP3 download from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review for The Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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