Fire, Bed and Bone

Fire, Bed and Bone

by Henrietta Branford, Bryan Leister
     
 

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"Even readers with little knowledge of (or interest in) British feudal systems and peasant revolts may find themselves engrossed in this unique fictional tale set in 1381 and told from a hunting dog's point of view." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

A Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award Winner

A VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES Honor Book

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"Even readers with little knowledge of (or interest in) British feudal systems and peasant revolts may find themselves engrossed in this unique fictional tale set in 1381 and told from a hunting dog's point of view." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

A Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award Winner

A VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES Honor Book

A KLIATT Editors' Choice

"Branford's subtle, poetic writing . . . evokes both the splendor of nature and the turbulence of the times. The author's remarkable understanding of animal behavior and human tendencies reverberates throughout this eloquent historic tale." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

"The exciting plot . . . never hits a false note as related through the dog's sensibilities. . . . An ingenious tour de force." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

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"The essays in this volume are uniformly well researched and well written. . . . Young scholars will do well to study these women for their insights, scholarly innovations, and courage in placing their studies above their personal comforts."—Barbara Handy-Marchello, South Dakota History

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Children's Literature - Teresa Jindo
"The essays in this volume are uniformly well researched and well written. . . . Young scholars will do well to study these women for their insights, scholarly innovations, and courage in placing their studies above their personal comforts."—Barbara Handy-Marchello, South Dakota History
VOYA - Alice F. Stern
"Whether they were historians or anthropologists, these women were activists, often offering criticism of legislative policies that eroded Native sovereignty, land rights, and religious freedom. That these women's stories are now made available in a concise collection of biographies is a fortunate addition to western and Indian history, anthropology, and feminist studies."—Andrea G. Radke-Moss, Western American Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThe author's deep understanding of dogs is combined with an equally deep feeling for history to create a remarkable, touching story set in England during the fateful year of 1381. The narrator is an aging but still able farm dog, in her day the best hunter on four legs or two. Her humble owner, Rufus, and his wife Comfort are good to the dog and her pups, providing the "fire, bed, and bone" and the affection that keeps the animals from the wild forest life. The couple works assiduously at making their small holding of land prosper to build a better life for their children. However, times are cruel. Throughout the country unjust landlords press their tenants harshly. Charismatic reformers preach against the corruption, rebellious ideas spread, and eventually Rufus and Comfort are caught up in the Peasants' Revolt. When their involvement is discovered, life changes drastically for people and canines alike. The exciting plot, filled with hope, action, and tragedy, never hits a false note as related through the dog's sensibilities. Branford has produced an ingenious tour de force.Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763603380
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction   Shirley A. Leckie   Nancy J. Parezo     1
Annie Heloise Abel: Groundbreaking Historian   Suzanne Julin     45
Angie Debo: From the Old to the New Western History   Shirley A. Leckie     65
Mari Sandoz: Historian of the Great Plains   John R. Wunder     97
Isabel T. Kelly: A Life in the Field   Catherine S. Fowler   Robert Van Kemper     137
Marjorie Ferguson Lambert: Including American Indians and Hispanic Peoples in Southwestern Anthropology   Shelby Tisdale     181
Alice Marriott: Recording the Lives of American Indian Women   Patricia Loughlin     209
Ella Cara Deloria: Telling the Story of Her People   Maria Eugenia Cotera     243
Zitkala-sa: A Bridge between Two Worlds   Franci Washburn     269
Dorothea Cross Leighton: Anthropologist and Activist   Nancy J. Parezo     303
Ruth Murray Underhill: Ethnohistorian and Ethnographer for the Native Peoples   Catherine J. Lavender   Nancy J. Parezo     335
Conclusion   Shirley A. Leckie   Nancy J. Parezo     373
Contributors     393

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