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The Castle Corona

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by Sharon Creech, David Diaz
     
 

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Long ago and far away . . .

There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was the grand and glittering Castle Corona.

And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that no finery could please him, for what he longed for most was . . .

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Long ago and far away . . .

There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was the grand and glittering Castle Corona.

And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that no finery could please him, for what he longed for most was . . . a nap and a gown that didn't itch.

Far below this grand castle in the dense woods lived two peasants. But not just any peasants. These peasants, though poor and pitiful, were plucky and proud. And in possession of a stolen pouch. But not just any pouch. A pouch whose very contents had the power to unlock secrets and transform lives . . .

Editorial Reviews

Old King Guido is clearly unhappy. The spoiled occupant of Castle Corona spends his days moping, bemoaning the absence of the two things that he wants most in life: a nap and a gown that doesn't itch. Meanwhile, in a setting far less regal, two peasants have come into possession of a stolen pouch with most magical contents. Royal fun and adventure.
Publishers Weekly

Actress Wiltsie deftly narrates the Newbery Medalist's protracted fairy tale, which takes place in something like a medieval Italian kingdom. The story unfolds in short episodic chapters that follow two orphaned peasant children, Pia and Enzio, who discover a leather pouch marked with King Guido's seal. Before they can understand the meaning of the objects inside the pouch, they are whisked off to the Castle Corona to become "tasters" for the king, who is fearful of being poisoned. Wiltsie alternates effortlessly between narrator and the many different voices: outspoken Pia, arrogant Prince Vito, silly and spoiled Princess Fabrizia, aristocratic King Guido. The playful tone, the mystery of a thief's identity and the wide range of voices will give listeners several hours of enjoyment. Ages 8-12. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins/Cotler hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 17, 2007). (Nov.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Long ago and far away a royal pouch was dropped in the woods; King Guido became afraid of thieves and poisoners; the peasant children Enzio and Pia became tasters for the king's family; and the contents of the pouch they found revealed their true identities. This lengthy original fairy tale is immensely satisfying both in its telling and its presentation. Each of the three sections begins with a full-page color illustration and each chapter with decorated initial letters and a miniature suggesting the subject. Heavy paper and relatively large, leaded type are two of many sumptuous details that continue throughout. Told in a comforting storyteller's voice (perhaps that of Pia, inspired by the royal family's Wordsmith), the tale unfolds leisurely, with considerable attention to the royal surroundings. Characters are clearly delineated, with the suggestion that all of them, the king and queen, the heir, the spare prince and the spoiled princess, as well as the peasant children, have grown and changed as a result of the events described. A treat for fans of the genre as well as a captivating introduction to it. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060846237
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Castle Corona, The MOB

Chapter One

A Discovery

A young peasant girl and her brother kneeled in the smooth gray stones on the edge of the river, filling wooden buckets with water for their master.

"What if we built a raft," the girl asked, "and sailed down the river?"

"Ho!" the boy said. "What would we find?"

"That the river winds round and round..."

"And up and down..."

"...until it reaches the Castle Corona, it does!"

This was a familiar game for the pair, and they would have gone on longer, speculating about the white horses and the golden goblets and the jewels that they would find in the castle, but they were interrupted by a fierce pounding of the earth: horses coming fast along the path behind them.

Through the trees they saw a black horse, ridden by a black-cloaked rider. The rider's whip slapped with hard thwacks against the horse's side. A few minutes later, more horses followed, ridden by the King's Men, their golden medallions shimmering on their red cloaks. "Halt! Thief!" one rider shouted. "Halt, in the name of the King!"

"Ooh!" whispered the boy. "A thief?"

"A thief?"

"And if they catch him..."

"They will slice off his head..."

"...and chop him to bits!"

The pair snatched their buckets and hurried up the bank, crossing the path which the riders had taken. They had just entered the woods beyond when the girl said, "Look...in the leaves."

There, amid last autumn's brown leaves, was a leather pouch with the King's seal on it.

"Dare we?" whispered the boy.

"Here, back in here," the girl said, snatching the pouch andleading her brother into a thicket, where they paused and listened. All was quiet.

Castle Corona, The MOB. Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says. “Moo was inspired by our mutual love of Maine and by our granddaughter’s involvement in a local 4-H program. We have all been enchanted with the charms of cows.”

David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including smoky night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Southern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Pennington, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1945
Place of Birth:
Cleveland, Ohio
Education:
B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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The Castle Corona 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am probably the biggest Sharon Creech fan you will ever meet. This is a wonderful story. I have always been the type to love princesses, princes, and happy endings which makes me love this book, but even more so, even if you are not that type, there are many different characters with many different personalities and traits that all make them unique. Everybody can relate to at least one character in this book. It is my all-time favorite Sharon Creech book!!!! It is a quicker book and not very long, but is filled with imaginative ideas and storylines!
Bisbee More than 1 year ago
This story has an old-fashioned storybook plot. Unlike Sharon Creech's contemporary fiction, it takes place in a kingdom, complete with disfunctional family, impoverished waifs who manage to escape their brutal master, and royals who don't understand the commoners down in the village. Young fans of fairy tales will enjoy this longer version.
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Alot of complants
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Is this book full of poems that tells a story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i couldnt put it down i readed it 2 years ago and i still like it
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Lol is everyone here on battle of the books?
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book_luver88 More than 1 year ago
This captures the life a child in the middle ages. It is a timeless classic and should be real by all book lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings out the true fantasy of a person. It sure did for me! This book has a great plot and I applaud Sharon on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sharon Creech has created a truly old-fashioned fairy tale with The Castle Corona. In it we learn of the orphan peasants Pia and Enzio and how their lives become interwoven with those of royalty. An old genre has been brought back to life. You will not be able to put this book down!