Like little stars.
As a child, I always wanted to read in the car during long road trips. But somehow reading in the back seat of our wood-paneled Aspen station wagon usually left me dizzy and heaving on the side of a highway. Plus my mother said it was bad for my eyes (that part might have been right, judging from my contact lens prescription).
My own children are blessed with a built-in DVD player in our minivan. But a parent can only take so many animated features during a long car ride — and so much whining and poking of little brothers. And what if we have to drive Dad’s (more, err, “rustic”) vehicle?
That’s where audiobooks comes in. OK, they’re technically not reading, but it is listening to literature read aloud — verbatim — by people who can do the voices much better than Mom or Dad, and they lack the noisy sound effects and soundtracks of most kids entertainment. Plus, there’s usually a good supply of high-quality stories available at your public library.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Maybe I’ll have to track down “Hoot” or “Holes” (which both have nature or outdoors themes) to play on the way to one of our summer camping trips.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.