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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. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 11.25 X 8.5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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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. "
School Library Journal
"Young readers will likely find the brief profile of a little-known figure intriguing."
"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."
"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."