From School Library Journal
Grade 1-6. This unabridged audio recording of Natalie Babbit's Knee Knock Rise (FS&G, 1970) is a wonderful way to enjoy this fable about man's need for belief systems. A young boy ventures from a tiny village to discover the source of a mysterious cry at the top of a rocky mountain. Despite evidence that the sound is an explainable, natural occurrence, the townsfolk refuse to believe it is anything but the wailing and moaning monster, the Megramum. Suzanne Toren, who received the 1988 Narrator of the Year Award for the narration of 900 Talking Books for the Library of Congress, gives an outstanding performance as the narrator and the voices of each realistic and well-defined character. Her voice is pleasant and animated. The clear recording, with even volume, will stand alone or as a companion to the book. In the school setting, teachers and librarians can use it as an introduction to the author, with small or large groups. Reluctant readers will find this a helpful tool and it also would be a great addition to a family library.Lisa J. Radmer, Opstad Elementary School,
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“Here’s a wonderfully fluent fable about man’s need to have something to believe in. . . . The strength of this tale is in Natalie Babbitt’s clean, modern, very confident telling. For children, especially, this is fine writing.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
“An enchanting tale imbued with a folk flavor.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“The allegory seems to have grown slowly and surely, so much folk feeling does it have along with its symbolism and satire. Beautifully and clearly written, the story can be read aloud with pleasure.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“Natalie Babbitt’s prose is as clean as her pen line. Like The Search . . . delicious.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The theme is ageless—it poses the questions: Who is the fool? Who is the wise man? With help from her characters and from a sly cat and a very endearing old dog, Natalie Babbitt gives a brilliant answer—brilliant because her star, with each new book she writes, shines brighter in the universe of children’s books.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fantasy for the whole family.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A delightful fantasy stressing man’s need for a belief in the supernatural.”—The Kansas City Star