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Chris the Caterpillar

A magical story about a garden, flowers, a fairy and a caterpillar who dreams of becoming a colourful butterfly.

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Chris the Caterpillar was my second children's audiobook and was written over an existing classical piece of music I had composed some years before. The original score was called Rise of The Butterflies and was written when I was recovering from a major operation, so the music means a great deal to me. I was the butterfly rising up and back to life, and so this was the perfect music for this story.

It was also the first story where another artist joined us. Kiria Ceinwen provided the perfect voice for our fairy and really brought the character to life. I discovered that Adie has a real talent for voices and so once again, he played the lead character in the story and we laughed a lot as he created the voice for Chris. Book Details

Character voices:

  • Adie Hardy - Chris the caterpillar/Various flower voices
  • Kiria Ceinwen - Butterfly the fairy
  • Anna-Christina - Various flower voices
Kiria Ceinwen with fairy wings, recording Butterfly the fairy in audiobook Chris the Caterpillar by Music Audio Stories
Kiria Ceinwen with fairy wings, recording Butterfly the fairy in audiobook Chris the Caterpillar by Music Audio Stories
Kiria Ceinwen with fairy wings, recording Butterfly the fairy in audiobook Chris the Caterpillar by Music Audio Stories

Kiria with her fairy wings on recording the voice of Butterfly the fairy.

Butterfly the fairy's wand

Children's Imagination

Sometimes during my Story Time I use props, and for this story I decided to use a fairy's wand. I do all the actions just like the fairy in the story and the children like this. However, one of the extra things I added very early on, was to end the Story Time by going around the group and sprinkling all of the children (and teachers) with some magic fairy dust from the wand. The children absolutely love this and there is always one or two who ask me if the wand is the REAL fairy's wand! To this, I always reply yes of course! This makes them happy! ☺

Whenever I leave after doing this story with the children, their enthusiasm has rubbed off on me and I feel childlike for the rest of the day, believing in magic and feeling so uplifted! The power of imagination always brings a smile to my face and I remember how awesome it was to use it so vividly when I was little. Children use their imagination so effectively!

The drawings for this story are always super colourful. One of the things I ask the children to do, is to draw their favourite flower, which they enjoy doing because they love to draw flowers. I've noticed at many schools and nurseries that this audiobook has fitted in nicely with what the children have been learning with their teachers about caterpillars, butterflies and colours. That's always really great.

Behind The Scenes

Enjoy an early behind the scenes video of the making of Chris the Caterpillar with Kiria recording the voice of Butterfly the fairy. Kiria was the perfect fairy and even brought her own fairy wings and wand!

Feedback

I love to hear positive feedback on my narration skills! Steven Brandt from Audiobook-Heaven picked up on the fact that narrators have a bit more freedom to use melodramatic or silly voices in children’s and middle-grade audiobooks. If you’re an adult the story will be much simpler than what you’re used to but the animated narration and voices are a lot of fun to listen to. And it goes without saying that your kids will love this. He thinks this would be just the thing for parents and children to do together on a rainy afternoon or at bedtime. Read his review on goodreads.

Alice Berger wrote in her review for Bergers Book Reviews that "Chris the Caterpillar is a sweet story that kids will enjoy hearing over and over again." I have also found this. Children discover new things each time they listen.

💜 Anna-Christina

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