Caedmon's Song

Caedmon's Song

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Long ago, when hardly anyone knew how to read or write, people recited stories by heart. They sat around the hearth at night, telling of heroes and monsters, great battles fought, and fortunes made and lost. On feast days, they passed the harp around the room so that everyone could sing a poem. But when the harp reached Caedmon, his thoughts dried up. He opened his mouth and nothing at all came out. It was embarrassing. No wonder he hated poetry.A quiet man who loved tending his cows, Caedmon couldn't recite poetry because he thought he had no stories to tell. Then after one especially upsetting experience, Caedmon stormed home, fell asleep in the barn, and began to dream. That night, everything changed for Caedmon . . .With jovial, heartwarming illustrations and beautifully illuminated letters, this tale is based on the true story of Caedmon, the seventh-century cowherd who became known as the first English poet."
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 229 x 292 x 19mm | 431g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 0802852416
  • 9780802852410
  • 713,291

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Long ago, when hardly anyone knew how to read or write, people recited stories by heart. They sat around the hearth at night, telling of heroes and monsters, great battles fought, and fortunes made and lost. On feast days, they passed the harp around the room so that everyone could sing a poem. But when the harp reached Caedmon, his thoughts dried up. He opened his mouth and nothing at all came out. It was embarrassing. No wonder he hated poetry.A quiet man who loved tending his cows, Caedmon couldn't recite poetry because he thought he had no stories to tell. Then after one especially upsetting experience, Caedmon stormed home, fell asleep in the barn, and began to dream. That night, everything changed for Caedmon . . . With jovial, heartwarming illustrations and beautifully illuminated letters, this tale is based on the true story of Caedmon, the seventh-century cowherd who became known as the first English poet.
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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONSStorytelling World, "Honor Book"(2007)"Publishers Weekly" "Young readers will likely find the brief profile of a little-known figure intriguing.""Kirkus Reviews" "The episode is a significant one in our cultural history, and it's been many a year since any other version of it has been offered for young readers.""Washington Parent" "In graceful prose that evokes the sights and sounds of the 7th century, Ruth Ashby shares the story of the first English poet in"Caedmon's Song." ... Illustrator Bill Slavin's acrylics have a rough-hewn, robust quality perfectly in keeping with the times." "School Library Journal" The text is clear and direct. . . . Ashby creates a sympathetic protagonist, a man who is not ambitious but who, when the time is right, answers his calling. "Midwest"" Book Review" A profound spiritual tale, brought beautifully to life with full-color artwork. "Canadian Review of Materials" Makes for a good read-aloud story. "
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About Ruth Ashby

Ruth Ashby has written a number of books for children. Most recently, she wrote"Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur"(Abrams), "Anne Frank: Young Diarist"(Aladdin), and"Rocket Man: The Mercury Adventure of John Glenn"(Peachtree), which was a NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books selection. She lives in Huntington, New York. Bill Slavin has been writing and drawing since he was seven years old and has illustrated many books for children, including"Gonzalo Grabs the Good Life"and"Something to Tell the Grandcows"(both Eerdmans). He has received numerous awards, including the Blue Spruce Award and the CLC Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's medal, both for his book"Stanley's Party." Bill lives in Ontario and chronicles his latest work on his blog, Elephants Never Forget. ""
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49 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 31% (15)
4 37% (18)
3 31% (15)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
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