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Caedmon's Song

Caedmon's Song

Caedmon's Song

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Slavin, Bill; Ashby, Ruth;  
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Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography > Literary
Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Science > Folklore & Mythology
出版社
Eerdmans Publications Co
ISBN-13
9780802852410
ISBN-10
0802852416
出版日期
2006-02
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29.21 * 1.91 * 22.86
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School & Library
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Product Description

Long ago, when hardly anyone knew how to read or write, people recited stories by heart. They sat around the hearth at night, telling of heroes and monsters, great battles fought, and fortunes made and lost. On feast days, they passed the harp around the room so that everyone could sing a poem. But when the harp reached Caedmon, his thoughts dried up. He opened his mouth and nothing at all came out. It was embarrassing. No wonder he hated poetry. A quiet man who loved tending his cows, Caedmon couldnt recite poetry because he thought he had no stories to tell. Then after one especially upsetting experience, Caedmon stormed home, fell asleep in the barn, and began to dream. That night, everything changed for Caedmon . . . With jovial, heartwarming illustrations and beautifully illuminated letters, this tale is based on the true story of Caedmon, the seventh-century cowherd who became known as the first English poet.

About the Author

Ruth Ashby has written a number of books for children. Most recently, she wrote Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur (Abrams), Anne Frank: Young Diarist (Aladdin), and Rocket Man: The Mercury Adventure of John Glenn (Peachtree), which was a NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books selection. She lives in Huntington, New York.

Bill Slavin has been writing and drawing since he was seven years old. His more than fifty books for children include Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey (Kids Can Press), which earned the Canadian Library Association’s Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Medal; Something to Tell the Grandcows by Eileen Spinelli (Eerdmans), and The Stone Lion (Red Deer Press), which Bill also authored. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Ashby introduces a seventh-century man often called the first English poet. Caedmon was a cowherd who, ironically, detested poetry. He lived in an oral society and everyone else seemed capable of storytelling but him. When a tongue-tied Caedmon left a feast early and went to sleep with his cows, he dreamed of a man who commanded him to sing about what he knew. He opened his mouth and the words of his best-known poem, Caedmons Hymn, came out. When he awoke, he told his friend, who deemed it a miracle. He gave up his cows to live as a monk and to create songs. The text is clear and direct; mercifully, Ashby makes no attempt to re-create the Old English spoken in Caedmons time (other than in a biographical note at the end). She creates a sympathetic protagonist, a man who is not ambitious but who, when the time is right, answers his calling. A modern audience might find this calling unusual, but they will certainly relate to the awkwardness and inadequacy he feels, and the satisfaction he takes from what is comfortable and familiar to him. Slavins acrylic illustrations complement the story, sometimes re-creating Caedmons world, sometimes re-creating the look of an ancient manuscript. This book will appeal to children who like historical fiction, but it will be too difficult for new readers to tackle on their own.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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