Alice in Wonderland is coming out in theaters next month in the US… starring one of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp! Adding to the excitement is that it’s directed by Tim Burton. He directed Edward Scissorhands (starring Depp), The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (also starring Depp), and the list of great movies by Burton goes on!
We’re hoping to re-read the book before watching the movie and introducing these wonderful characters to my daughter before the big event.
Here are some online sources for reading the book, and listening to it read aloud…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Online Version organized by chapter, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel.
Alice in Wonderland – different versions at Project Gutenberg – you can download them or read them online. The mp3 recordings are the ones with the speaker symbol next to them.
Illustrators of Alice on the Web – Choose the ones with "text" to read the book online or look at different illustrations.
The Original Alice -Written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll – (Requires a Flash Player) – A version where you flip the book on your computer screen and you can hear it read aloud.
LibriVox Recordings of Alice in Wonderland (The recordings below are clips from here so you can get an idea of how they sound.)
Here’s a poem and a song from Alice in Wonderland to get you in the mood. First the poem:
How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spread his claws, And welcome little fishes in With gently smiling jaws!
(Recorded by Peter Yearsley.)
Below is the song from Alice in Wonderland, based on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The "Mad Hatter" recites it. (He never really finishes the song in the book because he’s interrupted by the Dormouse saying, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle". I edited the recording so the Mad Hatter could finish his rhyme and the dormouse could finish it with “Twinkle, Twinkle…”.) The recording was edited from the original by Peter Yearsley.
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder where you’re at!
Curiouser and curiouser! (I was so much surprised, that for the moment I quite forgot how to write good English.)
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