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Publisher's Summary

The island kingdom of Rotundia is normal in every way but one - all the animals are the wrong sizes. And when a purple dragon finds its way to the island and desires the princess as a birthday present, young Tom the garderners son, along with his lap dog sized elephant Fido, must find a way to save her. Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness. Uncle James (or The Purple Stranger) is the second in a series of fairy tales with a common theme: Dragons! For children from five to 95, these stories are not to be taken seriously. Let your imagination run wild!!
Public Domain (P)2014 Karen Krause
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4 out of 5 stars
By Bryan on 06-02-14

Great story for kids!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they had kids. This is the kind of story kids, esp elementary school level, will eat up.

What did you like best about this story?

Two things: 1. There was a bit more of a modeling of good behavior in this book, which is important in kids stories and lent more contrast to the villain. 2. The princess was clever, which I appreciated.

What about Karen Krause’s performance did you like?

Karen does a really nice job of differentiating her characters. You really never have any trouble telling who is who.

Any additional comments?

My 6 year old really enjoyed this a lot. If you have kids, this is well worth the listen. Adults may find the story itself to be a bit too much below their level but it's really geared, in my opinion, for the younger audiences.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LilMissMolly on 05-15-14

Great Classic Dragon Story for the Young at Heart!

Any additional comments?

Uncle James, or The Purple Stranger, is a story about an ordinary boy named Tom and Mary Anne, who is the princess on the island kingdom of Rotundia. On this island everyone is kind and generous and all animals are the wrong size. Tom and Mary Anne have been childhood sweethearts and one day would like to wed. Uncle James is a magician and has designs on the throne, so he unleashes a purple dragon on Rotundia to get rid of Mary Anne. It is the dragon's birthday and he would like the princess as a birthday present. The rest of the story centers on Tom finding a way to save Mary Anne.

Karen Krause’s narration is excellent. She gives each character their own distinct voice and she seamlessly switches between genders and characters with ease. It is hard to believe that this story was written by Edith Nesbit over 100 years ago as it sounds like one written in contemporary times. In short, this story is a lot of fun, and recommended for anyone who enjoys fun witty stories, especially those involving dragons.

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