Otto of the Silver Hand
Born into a robber baron's household in medieval Germany, young Otto is caught in the middle of a violent blood feud. Captured in battle and severely tortured, the brave lad nevertheless grows up to be a gentle and loving person, standing above other men and looked up to by all. 55 dynamic illustrations.
It is however still romantic and even sentimental, with its child hero and his attendant and inevitable passivity. All of the action is initiated by...more
Recently I was reading up on him (I didn't even know he was American), and saw that he wrote a medieval story called "Otto of the Silver Hand", which was about the son of a robber baron in medieval times. That sounded r...more
Howard Pyle's books are always fantastic, down to his illustrations. Otto of the Silver Hand is a quick read,...more
Fun story, a little gruesome. Although not graphic, it did not gloss over the cruelty of the times.
Best part about this book was the illustrations, done by Pyle himself. Most incredible line drawings.
"Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools." Ec 7:9
"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and...more
The child, Otto, is taken to a monastery to grow up, where he lives a quiet, pious life, but this suddenly changes at the age of twelve when his father returns to take him back and groom him as his heir to the title as Baron of...more
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However, since this is Pyle, I would like to say that this book is probably a lot better than I remember it being. And I love his Robin Hood, so I'm guessing this is a great read for those of us who love older books and classics.
Otto Of The Silver Hand is about a boy named Otto who lives in Germany. Otto's father, Baron Conrad, was enemies with Baron Henry, because Conrad killed Henry's father in battle. Poor Otto hates fighting, and is afraid of the evil things his father had done.
This was a very well written novel and historical fiction fans would really enjoy it.
This is a good story, with a surprisingly moving ending. Anyone can read this with no fear of offense, which was Pyle's intention.
It would make a good movie.
I think I went right from See Spot Run and Dick and Jane to Otto of the Silver Hand.
I grew up fast.
During 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists an...more