Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect from Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village since it is a children's book. I knew from the cover art that it wasn't necessarily a sweet little small child's fairy tale type of book, but just what was it? I am completely taken with the beauty of this publication, the verbal artistry of the author, Laura Amy Schlitz, and the way the various "voices" from the village speak about themselves, their lives, and the times in which they live. The side notes help clarify terms or words so the reader can get a fuller comprehension of what they are talking about in each voicing. Oh! I had such fun reading each of these character's stories told in the first person as monologues or two-part stories. This was simply something I wish I had had the opportunity to do when my children were growing up. (Oh, where in the world was this book?) And then after some of the villagers told their tale, there would be a page or two of easy-to-understand history of that particular part of Medieval life. For example: Across a stream a Jew and a Christian merchant's daughter gaze at each other. Their emotions emanating from fear and hatred of Christians toward Jews at the time were overcome by a few moments of light, youthful playfulness - stone skipping over the water. Following this was the history of Jewish persecution during the period. A touching scene and a touching part of history. Another bit of educational fun was the glimpse into the son of the Knight. His current plight and station in life after his father, the Knight, had used all his money and lands to outfit himself to participate in the Crusades. Following this was an interesting and realistic history of the Crusades. I love the illustrations of Robert Byrd and they seem to really fit the Medieval times harking back to old illustrations and art that have survived the centuries. The two-page spread at the beginning shows the entire village with the stream meandering through it. Of note is every character in Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! is featured (name is by their figure). The cover is filled with colorful villagers mingling about. It is easy to see why the book has been awarded the the Gold John Newbery Medal. Entertainment, education, and pure enjoyment pervade the book from beginning to end. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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A series of short, realistic stories directly from fictional children of the Middle Ages, this book illuminates what day to day life must have been like for a wide range of social classes. Some are stories that stand alone; others intersect with each other, which is fun. They are told in a variety of styles, and all are written so that modern children can read them aloud. If I were still teaching middle school social studies (or language arts) I would difinitely be using this book.
JMaldovan More than 1 year ago
The book was so intriguing I had a hard time putting it down. The stories the children told in the book put me right into medieval times. The pictures enhanced the images in my mind that were brought to life by the many monologues of the characters. I do think that the book would be excellent for enticing children in learning about the historical era in a way that gives them perspectives from the points of views of children their own ages. I found the side information added by the author to be useful at times, but slightly distracting The side notes could produce excellent topics for research. Overall the book is very enjoyable and educational.
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Lilly_Tagloff More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection of short plays set in the Middle Ages. The characters range from the rich to the poor, the miserable to the content, the naughty to the nice.

Each of the 23 characters, between the ages of 10 and 15, has a few pages of monologue where they tell their own personal story of what it is like to live in a medieval English village. The author gives notes of explanation in the margins making it easy to learn, understand, and enjoy the historical content. And the color illustrations help bring each character to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was interesting to learn the history of the time, and tells of the daily challenges and traumas - sometimes too much information. Beautiful type and illustrations and great concept for teaching history. I expected more, a finale perhaps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Schlitz has brought the Middle Ages to life--fleas and all!--so entertainingly that children won't even realize how much they are learning. She has created fully realized characters who talk about their lives--movingly, amusingly, frequently both--in beautiful language. These monologues and dialogues are easy and fun for children to read and perform. There are also short, informative and entertaining essays on aspects of medieval life, including falconry, Judaism, and the Crusades. Robert Byrd's lively illustrations add to the enchantment.