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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This series stands apart from other poetry sets for youngsters by focusing on one poem per book, giving readers a chance to savor every word. With a different artist for each title, the illustrations are as unique as the poems. The full texts, as well as a note about what makes a poem a poem, appear at the end. A short biography of the poet and illustrator complete each volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609731557
  • Publisher: Child's World, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Poetry for Children Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien
It seems an unlikely formula for success: an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon, and a book that begins with a little man who lives in a hole in the ground. But The Hobbit, followed by The Lord of the Rings, created the modern genre of heroic fantasy and made J.R.R. Tolkien one of the most widely-read authors in the world.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Good story. Lame Illustrations.

    Tolkien is a great. Too bad the illustrations don't live up to the words. I would have a hard time recommending this to Tolkien fans because of the amaturish drawings but then again, there are other good Tolkien books to chose from.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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