Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold, by James Rumford

Brave Beowulf fights against the evil ogre Grendel and his hag mother in this retelling for young readers of the famous Old English heroic poem. The pen, ink, and watercolor pictures support the story wonderfully with green and murky tones and menacing dragons. And as if the story were not brilliant in and of itself, the author, in an end note, introduces his young readers to a glimpse of the etymology of the English language.....and states that with the exception of only six words, all of the words used in his retelling are Anglo-Saxon. An exquisitedly re-told classic, certainly violent, but still within upper elementary school limits.

Grades 4-6, strong-hearted and up

1 comment:

A. Barbee said...

I second the nomination of Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold. The illustrations are original, beautifully designed and appealing. The retelling of this epic poem in a format for younger readers is gripping and exciting. In my opinion, there can never be enough written about how a hero is someone who keeps his word, being "steadfast and right-hearted, to the end." Our students all need to read about and practice these important lessons.