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The Emperor's New Clothes (Audio Drama CD) Review by Jennifer LandLifeHouse Theater On-The-Air
1135 N Church St
Redlands, CA 92374
My children love audio books, and I love allowing them a chance to use their imaginations to dive inside of a story while they listen. “The Emperor's New Clothes” is a dramatized audio book by LifeHouse Theater On-The-Air with a 41 minute run time on a single disc.
The story begins with a little teaser preview of the character Ned speaking with his Aunt Wilameen. It really got us hooked and wanting to hear more! The tale is then introduced by a narrator who explains a bit about the story. He mentions that it is inspired by works of Hans Christian Anderson, and briefly goes into the moral and heart of the characters that are introduced in the audio drama.
Ned is a young boy who is surprised to be appointed as a page boy for Emperor Amswit. Ned is caught in a moral dilemma when he realizes that the two tailors that have been hired to dress the Emperor are lying about outfitting him in “invisible” cloth. Ned knows that although they say that it is only visible to those worthy and upstanding, they’re actually fooling the Emperor and causing everyone around him to lie to his face.
Ned has to make the choice of either standing up for what is right or taking a step back and allowing the Emperor to believe in a lie. He bravely chooses to do the right thing, even though it embarrasses his ruler. Ned is rewarded with a new title and position as a sign of thanks.
My children did enjoy the story. They liked the sound effects and the colorful voice acting throughout the story. We found that it was enjoyable for all ages, from preschooler through adult.
I also downloaded a free curriculum guide from the LifeHouse Theater On-The-Air website. It includes a page of more information on Hans Christian Anderson, story review questions and answers, Bible verses, fun facts, more discussion questions, and a bibliography.
This audio production would be terrific for any family, whether they homeschool or not. The story was interesting and educational, and it taught a great moral to my family. I look forward to checking out other available titles from the company.
-Product review by Jennifer Land, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January, 2017