Monday, March 24, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

Judith St. George is a master of short-form nonfiction. Although her titles are illustrated books, I refuse to call them picture books or easy readers. Why? Because every time I read one of her titles, I learn fascinating facts about American History that were left out of my school text books. Her most recent follows the path of our country’s most important document.

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence, narrated by Jeff Brooks, is a marvelous picture book-plus-CD audiobook from Weston Woods. Will Hillenbrand’s illustrations are brought to life by a soundscape that provides both humor and emotion to the detailed and fact-filled pictures. Brooks tells the tale that follows the oft-time perilous journey of the Declaration through wartime and misplaced conservation, employing his avuncular voice to communicate St. George’s wit and excitement. The combination of audio and book provides a great way for all ages to add to their historical knowledge while enjoying a great story. Weston Woods has also released an animated DVD using the audiobook soundtrack – you can listen & take a look here.

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