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The Hero of Bremen
     

The Hero of Bremen

by Margaret Hodges
 

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An elegant retelling of a gentle, little-known tale honoring the chivalric virtues of service and sacrifice is all the more beautiful for its understated quality. Beautiful watercolor and colored pencil illustrations were inspired by the 16th-century paintings of Hans Holbein. A visual treat.

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An elegant retelling of a gentle, little-known tale honoring the chivalric virtues of service and sacrifice is all the more beautiful for its understated quality. Beautiful watercolor and colored pencil illustrations were inspired by the 16th-century paintings of Hans Holbein. A visual treat.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW praised the ``stirring art'' in this adaptation of a classic tale, calling it an ``inspired complement'' to Hodges's ``eloquent'' and ``adroit'' retelling. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-The teeming medieval city of Bremen has outgrown its boundaries. When the citizens try to obtain more property from the rich countess whose lands surround them, they are tricked into an arrangement whereby Bremen can have all the land that a man can walk around in one day-starting at the east gate at dawn and ending at the west gate at sundown. The man chosen to accomplish this task by the countess's scheming nephew is the crippled Hans Cobbler, who sets out bravely to crawl through pasture, bog, and forest on his hands and knees. Just when Hans believes he has surely failed, his own legendary hero, Roland, appears. Roland stops the progress of the sun and travels at Hans's side until he reaches the west gate just at sundown. Hodges quickens her retelling with the assurance of a master storyteller. Her repeated description of the way Hans navigates- ``knuckles and knees, knuckles and knees''-adds both rhythm and imagery. Mikolaycak's robust, authoritative style, rendered in watercolor on diazo prints made from pencil drawings, is well suited to the medieval story. Strong line and an earthy palette underscore the tale's dramatic power. The only discrepancy is the artist's depiction of Hans, who in the text is portrayed as consistently cheerful in the face of adversity, but in the paintings appears to be notably mournful in countenance. This is a minor flaw in an otherwise compelling tale that successfully makes the point that ``heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many kinds of battle.''-Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823412365
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
AD990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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