Simeon's Gift (Julie Andrews Collection Series)

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In a faraway time and place, a humble musician named Simeon sets out on a quest. Thirsting for knowledge and eager to improve his craft, he risks losing all that is important to him, including the love of his beautiful Sorrel.

The journey brings many discoveries, and though he tries hard to absorb the vast new tapestry of sounds and ideas before him, the ...

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Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. A 2003 Hard cover First edition. First printing New in new dust jacket. Signed in person by Julie Andrews with her full name (Julie Andrews Edwards) ... directly on the title page, and also signed by Gennady Spirin, the illustrator, on the inside of front end paper, NOT inscribed to anyone. A photo of Julie Andrews at one of the signing event will be included with the signed book. First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Hardcover with CD attached to the inside of back cover (reading by Julie Andrews herself). Book is brand new and unread. No marks, no inscrioption. Dust jacket is new, not price clipped, in a protective mylar cover. This is a beautiful autographed first edition for collectors. Makes a great gift. Read more Show Less

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Overview

CD included with a reading by Julie Andrews Edwards

In a faraway time and place, a humble musician named Simeon sets out on a quest. Thirsting for knowledge and eager to improve his craft, he risks losing all that is important to him, including the love of his beautiful Sorrel.

The journey brings many discoveries, and though he tries hard to absorb the vast new tapestry of sounds and ideas before him, the scope of choices eventually becomes overwhelming.

Dispirited, he turns for home — and alone in the grace of nature, he experiences a series of wondrous events that lead him to the discovery of his own true self, and the glorious gift he has to offer.

Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton — with stunning illustrations from Gennady Spirin — weave a magical tale with a timeless lesson about beauty, music, and the power of giving.

A humble musician sets out to find the perfect gift for the woman he loves and is overwhelmed by all he sees, until he discovers within himself his true gift.

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  • Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
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Publishers Weekly
While celebrity power and the packaged CD of the famed entertainer reading the text may spur sales for this book, it is Spirin's (The Tale of the Firebird) work that merits the kudos. Paying homage to the Italian Renaissance, his watercolors are simply exquisite, as is the book design. Set like jewels on a thin necklace of gold lines, oval details of larger paintings border the text. Other pages feature lush landscapes with the text centered on a white moon of space, with the reverse layout (circular image on white ground) opposite on the right. However, the story is fairly pedestrian. Simeon, a penniless lute-player, leaves his noble ladylove because he wants "to free the music he was certain lay deep in his soul." When he returns, he brings her a quasi-magical fish, bird and fawn, as well as a song he has composed himself. Unfortunately, the mother-daughter team (the Dumpy the Dump Truck series) never develops a music of its own. The text is a pastiche of abstractions about a character with a "heavy heart," despondent because he is so "overwhelmed and unable to make sense of the discord in his head." As a result, Simeon often seems more like a sighing medieval slacker in search of focus than a hero, and makes the ending moral-"that a true and brave heart can find a way, if it will only trust in all the wonders under God's canopy"-seem hollow. Ages 5-9. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What a gentle, elegant tale of passion and generosity of spirit. Simeon is a poor and uneducated musician. We never know exactly where he lives, but the Gennady Spirin's exquisitely detailed and delicately painted illustrations suggest the Italian countryside during the Renaissance. Simeon decides to travel far and wide to "hear new sounds, new rhythms, new voices so that he might be able to free the music he was certain lay deep in his soul." As Simeon travels to new and unfamiliar cities, children will hear new and unfamiliar words like "cacophony" and "resonant chords," but the meaning will be clear from context and an enthusiastic interpretation by an adult reader. The book is indeed perfect for reading aloud, as Julie Andrews herself demonstrates on the enclosed CD. During his travels, Simeon befriends a bird, a fawn and a fish but returns home to his beloved Sorrel without even his lute, which he had traded for a canoe. But in the end, on a page bursting with streamers and tiny flowers, angels, butterflies and musical instruments, Simeon has learned that "a true and brave heart can find a way, if it will only trust in all the wonders under God's canopy." The new Julie Andrews Collection promises "books for young readers of all ages that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder." Simeon's Gift fulfills the promise. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 5 up.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Simeon, a humble musician living in the days of knights and castles, ekes out a meager living entertaining others. He is in love with a "beautiful lady of noble birth," but feels unworthy since he can't offer her a satisfactory standard of living. He ventures into the greater world in search of inspiration that "-might be able to free the music he was certain lay deep in his soul" and turn him into a composer rather than merely a performer. In his wanderings, he appreciates the cadences of soldiers, monks, and poets along with nature and city sounds. However, all of these influences put Simeon into a kind of sensory overload and he longs to return to his beloved. On the river trip home, the young man befriends a bird, a fish, and a fawn. Their friendship, along with the sounds of the creatures and the river, prompts Simeon to make sweet music. He arrives home a reinvigorated man and is welcomed into the loving arms of his lady. Predictably, he goes on to enjoy great success as a musician and composer. The illustrator's ornate, gorgeous watercolors add substance to a purposeful tale. Although the authors incorporate traditional fairy-tale elements, including a love story, a journey, and a quest, the narrative conveys a kind of New Age self-realization sensibility that rings false. A CD of Edwards narrating the story comes with the book.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a time of "castles and monasteries," a poor young man named Simeon plays his lute for all and loves a noblewoman, Sorrel. He's ashamed that he has little to offer her, so he goes on a journey to open himself to more music. The percussion of soldiers, the chant of monks, even the cacophony of the city inspire him, but he feels lost and overwhelmed. He trades his lute for a boat home, saves a bird, fish, and fawn who follow him on his way (musically, of course), cuts a reed from the riverbank to make a flute, and when he arrives home finds a perfect melody in his heart for Sorrel and for all. The illustrations are in Spirin's blindingly gorgeous style: echoes of Florentine and Venetian architecture, French manuscript painting, and Renaissance portraits make a beautiful and evocative whole. The story rather bobbles and clunks along, though, with the weight of too many words and perhaps not a clear enough melody. (CD of Andrews reading) (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060089146
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2003
  • Series: Julie Andrews Collection Series
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. She and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, an arts educator and theater professional, have coauthored over twenty books for young readers, including Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child, and the recent New York Times bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. Emma is also the author of Raising Bookworms.

Gennady Spirin was born near Moscow in the former Soviet Union. His delicate watercolor illustrations echo the great masters of the Renaissance. Mr. Spirin has received four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the Golden Apple from the Bratislava International Biennial, and First Prize at both the Bologna and Barcelona International Book Fairs, and has appeared on The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year list four times.

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. She and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, an arts educator and theater professional, have coauthored over twenty books for young readers, including Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child, and the recent New York Times bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. Emma is also the author of Raising Bookworms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Simeon's Gift (Julie Andrews Collection Series)

    a yeah. its pretty cool. this dude, simeon, is just floating around. he meets a fish. yeah. i guess he's a pretty cool guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Simeon's Gift (Julie Andrews Collection Series)

    THIS BOOK FREAKIN' ROCKS!!!!!!! so read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    this was a pleasant surprise

    i didn't think that an actress could write so well. it was a very touching story. i'm glad i bought it.

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