Caedmon's Song by Ruth Ashby
  

Synopsis

Caedmon's Song by Ruth Ashby

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.

Reviews

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONSStorytelling World, Honor Book (2007) Publishers Weekly

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

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

About the Author

Ruth Ashby a writer, editor and English teacher has written a number of books for children. She lives in New York, USA.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Ruth Ashby
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Publication date

22nd February 2006

ISBN

9780802852410


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