Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan audiobook

Appleblossom the Possum

By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Read by Dustin Hoffman

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3.66 Hours 1
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Fans of E.B. White and Dick King-Smith will adore this heartwarming and funny animal adventure by the award-winning author of Counting by 7s Mama has trained up her baby possums in the ways of their breed, and now it’s time for all of them—even little Appleblossom—to make their way in the world. Appleblossom knows the rules: she must never be seen during the day, and she must avoid cars, humans, and the dreaded hairies (sometimes known as dogs). Even so, Appleblossom decides to spy on a human family—and accidentally falls down their chimney! The curious Appleblossom, her faithful brothers—who launch a hilarious rescue mission—and even the little girl in the house have no idea how fascinating the big world can be. But they're about to find out! With dynamic illustrations, a tight-knit family, and a glimpse at the world from a charming little marsupial's point of view, this cozy animal story is a perfect read-aloud and a classic in the making.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2016 Audie Award for Best Narration for Young Listeners

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Fans of E.B. White and Dick King-Smith will adore this heartwarming and funny animal adventure by the award-winning author of Counting by 7s

Mama has trained up her baby possums in the ways of their breed, and now it’s time for all of them—even little Appleblossom—to make their way in the world. Appleblossom knows the rules: she must never be seen during the day, and she must avoid cars, humans, and the dreaded hairies (sometimes known as dogs). Even so, Appleblossom decides to spy on a human family—and accidentally falls down their chimney! The curious Appleblossom, her faithful brothers—who launch a hilarious rescue mission—and even the little girl in the house have no idea how fascinating the big world can be. But they're about to find out!

With dynamic illustrations, a tight-knit family, and a glimpse at the world from a charming little marsupial's point of view, this cozy animal story is a perfect read-aloud and a classic in the making.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Insights about possums add an educational element to this otherwise comic adventure, while humorous illustrations capture the wee possums' antics and personalities. A warm and funny possum-family saga. Kirkus Reviews
Amid the homey message that family matters most, Sloan seeds the story with assorted possum facts and vocabulary lessons, but it's the possum-as-actor metaphor . . . that generates the most fun. Publishers Weekly
“Dustin Hoffman brings whimsical energy to the charming adventure of a young possum…Trading his naturally gravelly voice for a softer, squeakier version, Hoffman captures the innocence and curiosity of both the young possum and the human characters. Older characters from all over the animal kingdom also benefit from Hoffman’s versatility and wide-ranging accents. But it’s his engagement with the text that defines Hoffman’s performance. He excels at highlighting the playfulness of Sloan’s writing, matching his inflection and delivery to underscore the clever wordplay and well-timed punch lines. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
A perfectly sweet animal tale, with just the right blend of humor, excitement, and uncertainty. School Library Journal
Readers will enjoy both the realistic details of a newborn possum making her way to her mother's pouch, and the fanciful view of adult possums' urban nightlife, complete with rooftop music and a conga line. . . . This attractive book will engage young readers intrigued by animals. Booklist
“Amid the homey message that family matters most, Sloan seeds the story with assorted possum facts and vocabulary lessons, but it’s the possum-as-actor metaphor…that generates the most fun.” Publishers Weekly
“Sloan has masterfully created an intensely satisfying and humorous tale that makes possums seem utterly adorable…A perfectly sweet animal tale, with just the right blend of humor, excitement, and uncertainty.” School Library Journal
“Readers will enjoy both the realistic details of a newborn possum making her way to her mother’s pouch and the fanciful view of adult possums’ urban nightlife, complete with rooftop music and a conga line.” Booklist
“Insights about possums add an educational element to this otherwise comic adventure…A warm and funny possum-family saga.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Author Bio: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan graduated from Wellesley College, worked as an advertising copywriter, and then began to write and direct family-feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. Counting by 7s, her first middle-grade novel, was a New York Times bestseller.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.66
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English