Sakis classic tale of reconciliation and irony, is an exciting piece of literature to introduce to one's scholars. Depending on the age and reading level of those scholars, this great short story can be a challenge for some to visualize the action and setting of the story. Reading aloud to one's scholars is the best way to emphasize the experience of the characters as well as the risk and nefarious nature of the situations. Cadence, dialect and vocal tone all help the scholars find the depth of the theme behind the words and characterization. If the scholars follow along with the text, and the instructor pauses the recording to discuss salient points, then such an introduction can be a delight; subsequent readings will be richer and the scholars' memory of the story more solid. The folding in of other sound effects, some simply ambient to aid in visualization of the settings, and others more specific to help the scholars to understand better what the character heard or experienced, brings the story to life in another memorable dimension.
If one is not comfortable reading aloud, or does not wish to do so for each of four to seven classes (especially with a selection like this that can go on for nearly an hour or more), a recorded version is a great help.
This recording, running at just over 13 minutes, moves at a smooth and compelling pace. The narrator, Ken Wolfe, uses various voices and dialects to help reader distinguish between characters, and employs inflections and proper pacing to help your scholars gain the best understanding of the events of the story and their implications. The sound effects and ambient noises serve to create mood and tension that heighten the effect for the reader.
This recording can be duplicated for scholars' digital devices for listening at home or with headphones/earbuds in the classroom.