A father’s wounded heart. A mother’s patient love. An eager boy, an impetuous girl, and, above all, the healing power of nature. These are the classic ingredients that fill Virginia Sorensen’s Newbery Award-winning novel with a tender power and lift it to classic status.
First published in 1956, Miracles on Maple Hill is almost uncanny in its appeal for today’s young listeners. For here is the story of a father returned from war in a distant land, wounded in body but even more in spirit, and a family desperate for him to be returned to wholeness, a wholeness they hope can be found on Maple Hill.
With language that is tender, precise, evocative, and yet fiercely powerful, Sorensen draws listeners into a year in the family’s life, a year filled with small miracles that yield great reward.
Lovingly brought to life by the Full Cast Family, this is a recording for the entire family to cherish.
Although intended for children, this is a book that is perfect for family listening. This is a story about caring people, dealing with family and personal issues that are as relevant to today’s readers as they were a generation ago.” — Large Print Reviews“This production shines.” — Booklist
“…skillfully dramatized by a cast of experienced narrators… Listeners are drawn into the tale of a year in the life of this family as the father slowly regains his strength and confidence… each character is brought to life and given a unique personality and voice. Their expert narration brings this inspiring American classic to life.” — School Library Journal, Sep 2005
“…springs to life thanks to the spirited participation of the full cast production: what more could one wish for in an audio production? Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast family do an exquisite job…” — Library Bookwatch, May 2005
“A full cast perfectly conveys the sweetness of this classic… You can feel the deep emotional attachment each cast member brings to this heartfelt production. With its gentle tone, lilting guitar segues, and occasional folksongs, this is a production that evokes the same emotional tenor as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. This story is perfect for teachers and parents to share with children, or for a child to snuggle up with alone.” Earphones Award — AudioFile, 2005