Author(s): Kevin Henkes
Original Publish Date: May 01, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (0.12 hours)
Product Number: Z100056299
Released: Jul 16, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781430116400
Narrator/s: Katherine Kellgren
Publisher: Live Oak Media
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"...Ruthie has an imaginary friend named Jessica. She does everything with her friend, sharing joys and sorrows. But when Ruthie goes to school for the first time, Jessica has trouble adapting... Katherine Kellgren's rich, expressive voice serves the book well as she individualizes each character as well as adding vocal asides.... Sound effects enhance the telling. "-School Library Journal

Professional reviews

"Jessica and Ruthie are the best of friends. They build towers, read together, share meals, and mirror each other's feelings. The only problem, according to Jessica's parents, is that Jessica is an imaginary friend. What will happen when Ruthie heads off to kindergarten? Katherine Kellgren crafts many voices. As narrator, she is direct and firm and sets a leisurely pace that slows even more for emphasis. As Ruthie, she's childlike and confident in her friendship; as Ruthie's parents, she's flustered. For the many one-sided conversations that Ruthie has with Jessica, Kellgren narrates in a wonderful sotto voce. Background music and sound effects complement the story. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"