Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.
Maidens, monks, and millers' sons -- in these pages, readers will meet them all. There's Hugo, the lord's nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant's daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. There's also mud-slinging Barbary (and her noble victim); Jack, the compassionate half-wit; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and many more. With a deep appreciation for the period and a grand affection for both characters and audience, Laura Amy Schlitz creates twenty-two riveting portraits and linguistic gems equally suited to silent reading or performance. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by Robert Byrd -- inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany -- this witty, historically accurate, and utterly human collection forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England.
Schlitz is a talented storyteller. Her language is forceful, and learning slips in on the sly.
--The New York Times
Bolstered by lively asides and unobtrusive notes, and illuminated by Byrd's stunningly atmospheric watercolors, [the monologues] bring to life a prototypical English village in 1255.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Brilliant in every way.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
--School Library Journal (starred review)
A vivid, convincing portrait of medieval adolescence.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
A rewarding choice for performance or for reading aloud in the classroom.
--Booklist (starred review)
Series: Where's Waldo?
Primary / High School
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 85
Published: 10th July 2007
Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 26.7
Weight (kg): 0.53