Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village
Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the pe...more
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I don't think this should have gotten the Newbery medal.
I know I've ranted about the Newbery committee in the past, how they pick feel-good books with more emotional growth than plot development. And I know that the Newbery medal is for excellence in writing in children's books, not for engrossing material that kids will eat up with spoons. But they consistently choose books with more adult appeal than kid-appeal, boo ...more
The seventeen short skits of varying quality herein were created for school children...well specifically for one of those private schools with "The" before its name. You know, the ritzy titzy kind were it's a-okay if little Johnny skips his other classes for the rest of the day because he refuses to leave off the catapult-esque contraption he's working on for Ms. Schlitz's project on the Middle Ages. And when he fires rocks at the girls and breaks a window he is not suspen ...more
The book has numerous strengths. The art is reminiscent of medieval woodcuttings, and it is their simplicity that gives the collection of soliloquies a folksy, charming touch. It is not just the drawings that give the book its power. Schlitz has a wonderful sense of humor, as evidenced by the particularly amusing soliloquies ...more
Don't get me wrong. I'd have read it. But I was heavily into Eleanor of Aquitaine, Robin Hood and medieval history (still am) and lapped up anything I could get on the subject.
Most kids weren't and aren't on my wavelength.
It's a beautifully designed book. It's well researched--her period details are spot on. But I'm not sure about the language--I don't think there are clear differences between the vocabulary ...more
And, boy, do the Middle Ages come alive in these plays!
Set in a medieval manor in England in 1255, these unforgettable and interconne ...more
This isn't much more than a ten-minute read, but it's a good one.
Seventeen monologues from young people in an English village about 1255. This is about as perfect a volume as could be. It's lovely, it's research is solid, Laura Amy Schlitz writes like an angel, teachers all over the country will be weeping with joy and relief, and librarians will love it. Not only that, I think the kids will, too. Fabulous.
It was fairly riveting to a van full of children, ages 9 - 14, as we listened on a long road trip cross country. The competition was DVD movies, Game Boy and IPod. That says something.
My favorite piece was Jacob Ben Salomon - The Moneylender's Son and Petronella - The Merchant's Daughter. It portrayed two children, a Jew and a Christian, who go to t ...more
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! is a collection of short poems and prose giving voice to 23 young people tied to a medieval manor. Each is a soliloquy, originally intended to be recited as a class presentation about the Middle Ages. From the adventures of Hugo, the lord’s nephew, to the conniving of Giles, the beggar, we get a glimp ...more
What a mistake. This book is so good! And it only takes about an hour to read! It was developed by a librarian for students studying the middle ages. It is a series of monologues about kids living at that time. The sidebars and inserted pages give historical details about what the children are talking ab ...more
"I wrote these plays for a group of students at the Park school where I work as a librarian. They were studying the Middle Ages, and they were going at it hammer and tongs. They were experimenting with catapults and building miniature castles, baking bread and tending herbs, composing music and ill ...more
Genre: Non Fiction
Summary: Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant’s daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. There’s also mud-slinging Barbary (and h ...more
It may be that I don't have much of a taste for stories writte ...more
I liked the feel of each play -- there's a subtle rhythm and some rhyming to many of the plays but they read more like dialog. The plays also overlap just enough to give insight to other characters. Schlitz also includes a few factual s ...more
I was very excited to read the 2008 Newbery Award winner and while this book did entertain me, I was disappointed with the content and didn't think that it deserved the medal. I liked the poems that you could perform as skits, they were amusing and did a fair job of describing Medieval life. I thought this was a good book, and that is its problem. It is only "good" not "outstanding" or "absolutely ...more
This would be such a fun play to ...more
2008 Newbery Medal Winner.
I had very difficult time establishing the category of this book. Upon first glance, it undoubtedly looks like a fiction book; however, it was in the nonfiction section of the library, the description on the inside jacket says that "the collective voices tell an unforgettable human story about what it took to survive in the Middle Ages", and ...more
This book is a good book for younger children to learn about how people lived in the medieval times. The book is set up into different characters. The characters are different genders and are from different social standings. Each talk about what happens in their daily life, what they have to do, how people treat them and what other people think of them. The ...more
In fact, I listened to it in audio form. I would recommend that format to EVERYONE if you're the least interested in the Middle Ages, or if you teach that period to any age student.
I only ...more
I will drop that vocabulary, however, to tell how much I would have LOVED to have had this book available in the 90’s when “The Middle Ages” was requi ...more
Ms. Schlitz lives in the Loch Hill section of Baltimore County. She is single with no children.
She has also been a playwright, ...more