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Simeon's Gift

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In a faraway time and place, a humble musician named Simeon sets out on a quest. Thirsting for knowledge and eager to improve his craft, he risks losing all that is important to him, including the love of his beautiful Sorrel.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2003)
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A nice story, but somehow it didn't really grab me. It seemed a bit long and several of the words will be beyond young readers (cacophony, for example). Not that there is anything wrong with introducing new vocab, but it does impede the telling if there is too much. The illustrations, while lovely representations of Renaissance art, were a bit repetative at times (i.e., using the same borders for several pages) and not especially "warm." The CD is a nice touch, though I wasn't really WOWED--the ...more
Honestly I gave this book five stars because of the amazing Renaissance-like illustrations, that were so detailed and absolutely gorgeous. Definitely going to have to find more books illustrated by Gennady Spirin. The book comes with an audio CD of actress/singer Julie Andrews Edwards performing the book, which was created by her daughter Emma and herself.

The story is about a young lute-playing minstrel named Simeon who is in love with a noble lady named Sorrel. He thinks his meager income won'
Jul 12, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I really wanted to like this book a lot. The illustrations are beautiful and the narrative is written by Julie Andrews Edwards and her daughter. So we sat down to listen to the CD narrated by Dame Julie and followed along with the book. The narrative was dramatically read and the story was inspirational, encouraging the reader to find the art and music within ourselves and be true to our own nature. The illustrations are reminiscent of classic Rennaissance artwork. So why didn't we adore it? It ...more
The wording in the story is beautiful and the illustrations are magnificent (I always love Gennady Spirin's illustrations.) I also really love the audio version.
Lovely idea, gorgeous illustration and interesting story. The Julie Andrews narration is, of course, beautiful. The story is not quite as compelling as I had hoped but the moral is nice. The book is worth every cent just for the high art in the illustration.
Apr 07, 2008 Esther rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Amy Kyle
I reaqlly liked to read this book. It's about the magic of love and how it ca influence us in our search for happiness/to bring happiness to the people we truely love. It is also a great book if you're music-lover because it teaches children that music is the expression of life and love. I really liked it and wood definitely recommend it to all grown-ups/children who love music. And the illustrations are awesome too!! Very artistic.
Jul 24, 2008 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Julie Andrews
Shelves: childrens-lit
I saw the Hollywood Bowl orchestra perform a symphonic version--live music, singers, and a few spare props. It was beautiful. The book encourages in a very direct and didactic way. The message is clear and inspirational--follow your dreams. Find your gift. Share it. And I'm sharing the book with you...

But I didn't know Julie Andrews was an author and had a collection of books. What a lovely find.
Holly Tracy
The premise and story are sweet and gentle...and it's a great story. But I don't know that it's one to grab a child's attention. I saw it performed by Julie Andrews and a small cast of four at a concert she did last year. The story just seems a bit long for kids with some vocabulary that may be over the top. But overall, a wonderful book!
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous and inspiring. The prose is laborious; I appreciate the use of larger words for a young audience and approve of rich language, but the book as a whole could have benefited greatly from some sharp editing.
Shawn Bird
Lovely illustrations and listening to Julie Andrews read the accompanying CD is sweet. The story is a little awkward, and my students were irritated by some inconsistencies in plot development, which I found quite interesting!
Mary Dunkap
Simeon's Gift is first totally charming. I lived the way it encourages people to use a gift they have been given but not know how to use it, go out and learn how their gift is speacial and then use it to it's full potential.
The story is cute, but it's really too long for a picture book. There's so much text on each page, that I can't imagine a young child would actually sit still for the story.
It was a cute story...but if I remember right, we didn't care much for the ending.
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Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews Edwards, DBE is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews rose to prominence after starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, as well as musical films like Mary Poppi ...more
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