Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.
Kings fall, and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend, and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.
Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?
©2015 S. D. Smith (P)2015 Story Warren
My children (12,10,9 and 7) and I loved this story and as we came to the end we stayed up very late because we couldn't stop listening. A very special story filled with life, exploring courage, loyalty and redemption.
The only criticism from my seven year old is how many times he heard the word 'winced'.
"Not Just for The Elementary Age Group"
I saw a friend recommend this on her blog - she has younger children, I have teens - so I thought I'd download this for me to listen through since we often get asked for recommendations for younger years books. (We home educate and are voracious readers.)
The story line is so engaging I wanted to share it with the rest of the family.
It's not just a story to read to children in the elementary years - it's one that will have appeal to a very wide age range.
For those that enjoy the Narnia Series, Watership Down, The Hobbit - tones of those are in this story.
Recommending this as an, easy, engaging car time/ road trip listen.
"Adventurous, fun story"
I listened to this book with my 11, 10, 7 and 5 year old. My older 2 children loved it, some parts were a little hard to follow for the 7 and 5 year olds, but it was simple to stop and explain when they didn't understand. We all really enjoyed this story, as well as the many voices of the narrator. Highly recommended by myself and my children!
One of our favorites
There were too many to list just one. Picket's achievement definitely stands out!
He did a great job with the various voices and carried the story along really well.
It is really nice to find good, high quality books for our kids to listen to. They are very reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, and the message and morals within them are extremely refreshing. We can't wait to see what Mr. Smith has next.
"A stirring tale of adventure, courage and hope"
Yes, and I will listen with my two sons and my daughter, and then watch them go straight out to make wooden swords to learn to fight bravely like Picket and conquer their fears. A wonderful set of role models and creative sparks for kids.
In this Audible version, I got chills when narrator Joel Clarkson sang the song of the Mended Wood to a haunting tune he composed himself... the perfect embodiment of their beautiful vision of future reality.
This is my first book read by him, and I enjoyed it. He's a talented reader, and I enjoyed his musical additions very much.
The Green Ember: A tale of perilous adventure, thrilling courage, and hope in the midst of darkness
With elements of Watership Down, Redwall, and Narnia, S.D. Smith has masterfully woven a fresh tale in a brand new world with endless possibilities. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens to Heather, Picket, crabby old Elmer, and especially King Jupiter's heir! A job very well done, S.D. Smith! More please, as soon as possible!
What a great story! A rabbit tale with a much kinder worldview than Watership Down. S. D. Smith has created a wonderful world with a rich history. An exciting story great for kids and adults alike. We listened to it going to and from soccer games and hated to turn off the car when we arrived! The audio performance was excellent as well.
I have so much love in my heart for this book. As a preschool teacher, I have a big place in my heart for all children's literature. But this book, this book ranks TOP 5 favorite of all time. And that's a big compliment. It's enchanting- it's the kind of book that should be read by a fireplace when it's raining out on a early saturday morning- yes, it's that enchanting. But it's also full of adventure and simplistic fun that will make an child's nose crinkle with delight, but it's also full of truth so much that it led me to contemplate my own mistakes and fears and change them. And just wait til the end, you'll be fist pumping and yelling at S.D. Smith all in the same breath.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, if nothing else to see Truth and Beauty combined in one stunning story.
"Does the story justice"
This book is a gem and I am proud to have it on my bookshelf! It assumes that children are interested in a world beyond themselves and inspires them to greatness. It allows children (and adults as well) to indulge their imaginations and come out better for having read it.
The Narnia Chronicles are sacred ground when it comes to fantasy literature, but there are elements of The Green Ember that remind me of my time spent in Narnia. The imaginative characters as well as the good vs. evil plot influence my comparison.
I have listened to Joel's piano music (which is excellent) but this is the first verbal performance I have heard.
I think performing an audiobook must be a great and difficult task. It takes skill to read the story well, but not to get in the way. The reader also has to compete with the listener's preconceived ideas about what the characters sound like - tough work! Joel Clarkson strikes a great balance and gives a worthy performance of the story.
"Kids can't wait for more"
My 6, 8, and 10 year old listened to this before bed for several nights. We all loved it! One reviewer suggested it would be too scary for kids and could give them nightmares. None of mine were scared or had nightmares and they are not allowed (with rare exception) to watch pg13 or above movies. My 6 year old was recently scared by an Adventure in Odyssey cd but not this. If Narnia doesn't scare your kids I don't think this will. This story is wonderful and we loved Joel Clarkson's narration! Can't wait for more!
"YOUR ONLY A BETRAYER IF YOU BETRAY YOURSELF"
THE WHITE RABBIT HELD UP HIS HAND, (not his paw?)
This is more Brian Jacques and it is not Watership Down. In this book rabbits, have hands, not paws, they wear clothes, climb trees, and wolves wear uniforms, shoot bows and arrows and have swords. Rabbits live in houses with windows, winding stair cases etc.. I loved Watership Down and in that rabbits lived in warrens and the only one who wore anything close to clothes was the old general, who wore an eye patch. I have never understood turning animals into humans, if you are going to do that, then just make them elves or hobbits or some sort of little people. I understand having them talk, we can easily pretend that animals communicate with each other. Jacques has his own following, so if you are one of those you might like this.
Putting that aside, I have the maturity of a ten year old, but I found this to be too dark and too serious and almost void of humor. I could not get into it. It is liable to give the younger kids nightmares, if they don't die of boredom first.
The narrator talks in a slow monotone whispery voice, that most people use to talk to five year olds. I actually put him on 2x and he sounded normal. When something exciting happens, you will never know it by the tone of voice used by the narrator, it will be the same tone, used for going to bed.
I hate to be the first to throw a wet blanket on this, but I feel strongly that our youth should have well written stories to listen to, or they will not want to read when they get older.
This book was recommended over and over to us, but I just kept thinking it didn't really sound that interesting. Boy was I wrong!! We had a couple extra audible credits to use so I decided we'd try this book. We loved it! The book is very exciting. We couldn't stop listening. My oldest asked every time we sat down if I would play the book. The narrator was wonderful. Can't wait for the next book to be released! We plan to purchase the physical book on this one as well, so that its on the shelf anytime we want to read it.
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