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Chris the Caterpillar

A magical story about a garden, flowers, a fairy, and a caterpillar!

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Chris the Caterpillar was my second children's audiobook and was written over an existing classical piece of music I had composed some years before. The original score was called 'Rise of The Butterflies' and was composed when I was recovering from a major operation. The music means a great deal to me. I was the butterfly, rising up and back to life! I knew this would be the perfect music for this story!

It was also the first audiobook we recorded with an artist! Kiria Ceinwen provided the perfect voice for our fairy and really brought the character to life! I discovered that Adie has a real talent for voices and so once again, he played the lead character called Chris! Book Details

Character voices:

  • Adie Hardy - Chris the caterpillar/Various flower voices
  • Kiria Ceinwen - Butterfly the fairy
  • Anna-Christina - Various flower voices
Kiria Ceinwen with fairy wings, recording Butterfly the fairy in audiobook Chris the Caterpillar by Music Audio Stories
Kiria Ceinwen with fairy wings, recording Butterfly the fairy in audiobook Chris the Caterpillar by Music Audio Stories
Kiria Ceinwen with fairy wings, recording Butterfly the fairy in audiobook Chris the Caterpillar by Music Audio Stories

Kiria with her fairy wings on recording the voice of Butterfly the fairy.

Butterfly the fairy's wand

Children's Imagination

Sometimes during my Storytime, I use props. For this story, I decided to use a fairy wand. I perform the actions like the fairy in the story and the children like this! I end my Storytime by going around the group and sprinkling all of the children (and the teachers) with some magic fairy dust from the wand! The children absolutely love this and there is always one or two who ask me if the wand is the REAL fairy's wand! To this, I always reply, "Yes of course!" ☺

Whenever I leave after doing this story with the children, their enthusiasm has rubbed off on me and I feel childlike for the rest of the day, believing in magic and feeling uplifted! The power of imagination always brings a smile to my face and I remember how awesome it was to use it so vividly when I was little. Children use their imagination so effectively!

The drawings for this story are always super colourful! I encourage children to draw their favourite flower, which they enjoy doing because they love to draw flowers! I have noticed at many schools and nurseries, that this audiobook fits in nicely with what the children learn, with their teachers, about caterpillars, butterflies, and colours!

Feedback

It is nice to hear positive feedback on my narration skills! Steven Brandt from Audiobook-Heaven picked up on the fact that narrators have a bit more freedom to use melodramatic or silly voices in children’s and middle-grade audiobooks. If you are an adult, the story will be much simpler than what you are used to, but the animated narration and voices are a lot of fun to listen to! It goes without saying that your kids will love this! Read his review on goodreads.

Alice Berger wrote in her review for Bergers Book Reviews that "Chris the Caterpillar is a sweet story that kids will enjoy hearing over and over again." I have also found this. Children discover new things each time they listen!

Chris the Caterpillar is the perfect audiobook for the Summertime when children are spending time in the garden and outdoors!

💚 Anna-Christina

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