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Book Title: Chanticleer and the Fox|
The author of the book: Geoffrey Chaucer
ISBN 13: 9780064430876
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 885 KB
Date of issue: November 1st 1982
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I find it interesting that so many of the comments on this book were about the vocabulary being too big (azure, sow, debonair) and the story being too long to hold the attention of small children. I think this speaks to the fact that in our rush to get children to read chapter books, we stop reading them picture books by the time they are 6 or 7. That wasn't true when this book was printed (1959). Even after kids learned to read, parent and teachers continued to read picture books to kids. And the wonderful thing about picture books is that because it's expected that they'll be read aloud, the vocabulary IS bigger (and thank goodness, because mama needs something to keep her interest and to stay awake!).
Logan is 9 and enjoyed this re-telling of the Nun Priest's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, in which a vain rooster gives in to the flattery of a fox and thereby nearly loses his life. The text retains some medieval flavor without sounding too stilted and if you like Barbara Cooney, as I do, prepare to be surprised by her illustrations, which are so different and yet just as wonderful as her usual style. She studied medieval illuminated manuscripts for this project and married their style to her own to produce pictures that evoke the time, but have more movement and emotion. Done in a limited color palette, some resemble woodcuts.
Read information about the authorGeoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400?) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.
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