From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3- Children will be enchanted to meet A.A. Milne's unforgettable bear in this dramatization produced in England. David Benedictus has retained all the best elements of the original text to create a lively romp through the Hundred Acre Woods with Oscar-nominee Judi Dench narrating the way. She is joined by an excellent cast of British actors including Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, and Michael Williams. Using a variety of regional accents and vocal qualities, they bring Pooh, Christopher Robin, and all their friends to life. John Gould's music provides a perfect backdrop to Pooh's poetic creations and works as a natural chapter break. Good sound effects allow listeners to imagine themselves treading forest paths with the likes of Piglet and Eeyore. The cassettes are well marked, and the cover art features nicely colored versions of Ernest H. Shephard's original illustrations. The only drawback to the packaging is the clear plastic container which is likely to need replacing. This recording will be useful for introducing primary grade listeners to Pooh, but will also appeal to older children and adults. Barbara S. Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
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''This program exemplifies the potential quality audio has for complementing text. Soothing music introduces and links the stories and verses. Subtle sounds of nature immerse the listener in Pooh's world and provide a backdrop for Peter Dennis' enchanting performance . . . All ages will enjoy this marvelous performance of Milne's words.'' --AudioFile
''If you want a family break from TV and movies, get comfy, close your eyes, and let this master storyteller stir the imagination . . . [Dennis's] intelligent and whimsical readings, meant for adults and children alike, are captivating.'' --Los Angeles Times
''Congratulations on your outstanding contribution to children and their families!'' --Diana Huss Green, editor-in-chief, Parents' Choice Foundation
''Nobody brings A.A. Milne's timeless Winnie-the-Pooh tales alive like actor/orator Peter Dennis.'' --Midwest Book Review