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In The Shoe Bird multi-Grammy-award-winning performer and Guinness World Records holder Jim Dale brings to life a flock of unforgettable bird characters—Arturo the parrot, Gloria the goose, Minerva the owl, even the extinct Dodo! This is Eudora Welty's fantastical story of how some feathered friends made a fateful switch from flying to wearing shoes, little knowing that they would soon become the prey of Freddy the Cat! Masterfully scored for full symphony orchestra and children's choirs by Welty's fellow Mississippian Samuel Jones, The Shoe Bird appeals immediately to children and adults, just like the classic "Peter and the Wolf."
The Shoe Bird is a new work that reinvigorates a great tradition of storytelling fun for the whole family. It can be heard again and again, always rewarding the listener with the wit and wisdom of Eudora Welty, the delightful animal characters impersonated by Jim Dale, and the rich musical background of full symphony orchestra and chorus.
Amusing events occur when Arturo, the parrot who works in a shoe store, fits the other birds with new shoes.
Posted November 9, 2008
This is a wonderful, engaging, engrossing musical book. I have been listening to it over and over and over! Jim Dale takes a fun and fanciful story and does a brilliant job on his voices. The background orchestra and choir are a "must". The book alone would not be nearly as satisfying. I'm buying copies for my friends.
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