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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan H. Kelly Narrator: Frances H Kelley Publisher: Eye in the Ear Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The fascinating story of two sisters. One sister, by helping a mysterious old lady at a fountain, was given the power to spout a diamond out her mouth. The other sister, who never helped anyone, could spout only a toad. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Bang | 2/19/2014

    " I've always found the original tale of "Toads and Diamonds" to be rather unsettling, since the "good" option always seemed just as horrifying to me as the bad. This retelling does an excellent job of showing the blurred line between blessings and curses. Stepsisters Tana and Diribani are both great characters to read about. When they encounter the goddess Naghali, Diribani wishes for beauty and receives the gift of speaking flowers and gems, while Tana wishes to protect her family and receives the gift of speaking toads and snakes. Their "blessings" take them on separate journeys, told in alternating chapters, and it is interesting to watch them grow as they come to terms with their gifts and with themselves. There is, of course, a touch of romance, but the focus is really on the girls and their own strengths and weaknesses. The new setting for the tale adds further layers to the retelling as the events unfold in a land modeled on the Mughal Empire of India, which provides a rich and colorful backdrop. An excellent spin on a familiar tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 1/26/2014

    " This was a neat book! Two sisters are "blessed" by the goddess. For one of them flowers and jewels fall from her mouth when she speaks. For the other, toads and snakes come out. These blessings lead them on different paths that help them learn what is most important in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shanshad Whelan | 1/11/2014

    " A familiar fairy tale in an unfamiliar setting. Well done overall with decent characters and story-telling. Seems to be mainly a book of self-discovery and coming of age which is what you'd expect from a YA story. Fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne-Marie | 1/9/2014

    " A retelling of a Cinderella tale. Two sisters meet a fairy; one is apparently rewarded while the other is punished. But which is which? "

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