Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park and beautifully narrated by Kate Hood
I have been listening to this on audio just a chapter or two at a time and loved it!
The setting is in Sydney, Australia, in a well worn place known as The Rocks which is an historic area in the centre of Sydney City and close to the harbour. Built/chiselled from local sandstone and hand made bricks by some of our earliest settlers, most of whom were convict labour, its cobbled streets remain an awe inspiring reminder of our unique heritage and is a perfectly magical setting which is very befitting this story.
Although the surrounding area has changed a bit since this book was written, The Rocks is well preserved as a heritage listed area and still looks very much as it always has.
This is an area I know well...having grown up in Sydney and having spent many good times wandering there as a child and adult, It is a beautiful place steeped in history...and haunted too! It is easy to envision this endearing time-travelling Beatie Bow story unfolding there. When a harmless little scary game called playing Beatie Bow goes awry, little Abigail finds herself suddenly transported to another place and time...a place she is sure she doesn't recognize, yet is somehow familiar. ............ ............
*Listening to this I was very much reminded of another beautifully narrated story I listened to on audio which readers of this might also like: The Poppet and the Lune by Madeline Claire Franklin Audio version Narrated by Elizabeth Basalto.