Medieval Tales

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Just who was Robin Hood? What did William Tell do that was so special? Why is Joan of Arc so famous? Author Lorna Czarnota presents medieval tales that answer these questions and many more in a fun, simplified way that allows kids to add their own details and use their own imaginations in their retellings.

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Overview

Just who was Robin Hood? What did William Tell do that was so special? Why is Joan of Arc so famous? Author Lorna Czarnota presents medieval tales that answer these questions and many more in a fun, simplified way that allows kids to add their own details and use their own imaginations in their retellings.

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Children's Literature
Romance, chivalry, and palace intrigue provide exciting backdrops to these tales of real and imaginary folk from the Middle Ages. Kids can read and tell about King Arthur, Duke Lech of Poland, William Tell, and Joan of Arc. A tale of King Charlemagne and the Crusades is offset by a tale from the Muslims about the sultan Saladin. The author, a storyteller who is fascinated by the Middle Ages, has included the barebones outlines of twelve stories. In her "Tips for Telling," she encourages the reader to round out the story with detail and use of voice. Each story is accompanied by a "Story History" that provides background, but not always the dates in which the tale takes place. She has also included a couple of stories that predate the Middle Ages; the author justifies this by saying the medieval storyteller may have told those stories. To tell these tales from different perspectives, as the author advocates, the reader will need more background information. The source notes will be a good place to start. It seems this will be most effectively used in a classroom studying the European Middle Ages. 2000, August House, Ages 8 to 12, $21.95 and $12.95. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A great book for kids who are interested in storytelling. It has simple versions of many medieval tales arranged by country: from England, "Robin Hood"; from Switzerland, "William Tell"; from France, "Joan of Arc"; and from Scotland, Robert Bruce. (It is somewhat disconcerting that the more common appellation Robert the Bruce is not used). There are tales of Beowulf and of Saladin, and lesser-known ones such as the story of Duke Lech of Poland. Each of the selections is about a page in length, short enough to learn easily. Each chapter includes a "tips" section, a history of the story, and a pronunciation guide. The final section describes the role of the storyteller in medieval times and includes a chapter on how to look and sound like one. The author tells readers how to tailor the story to the audience, but she does not mention that it need not be memorized and repeated verbatim. One of the first rules in most storytelling classes is that the tellers should become comfortable with the material and make it their own. Apart from that, this is a helpful guide. There is a good glossary of medieval terms and comprehensive source notes.-Marlyn K. Roberts, Torrance Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874835885
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 809,550
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    This is a great book for kids in the classroom and for anybody w

    This is a great book for kids in the classroom and for anybody who wants to tell stories from the Middle Ages. The stories are simply written with really good tips and history for each one.

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