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Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe was one of the first great historical novels of western literature. At last, this extraordinary work has been brought to life as a lavishly illustrated storybook.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Chronicle Books (first published 1819)
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I grabbed this book off of the shelf at the library, hoping that I would be able to get the gist of the story before I read the actual thing. I found that this retelling is very informing, and the illustrations are excellent.
Robert Hund
This book was first read in high school, about 48 years ago. It was an exciting adventure story. On rereading I find it is still exciting but a 16 year old's rather restricted view of life and family taught parochial intolerance and missed the message. I didn't know what a Jew was except someone who killed Christ and practiced secret rites where Christian children were killed and eaten, and were to be avoided - at least according to family friend, Peggy Hughes. That was pretty much what my fathe ...more
Shortened retelling of Ivanhoe with really good editing and great illustrations. I used this to prepare my kids for heavier reading, because really, the first time I cracked the original novel open, I thought my head would spin from the sentence structures alone. Learned to read and love the original, and used this children's version to ease the kids in. Now they love the original too!
Gwyneth Davidson
The best thing about this book, for me, is the development of Rachael's character.
Good retelling of the classic Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. The illustrations are wonderful. Of course as the author tells with it being a children's book some details and events were left out.
Mi-am promis ca voi reciti aceasta carte atunci cand voi vrea sa stiu cum arata Anglia prin sec. XVI si cand voi vea sa studiez mai multe despre istoria angliei. Pe mine m-a plictisit teribil faptul ca actiunea este intrerupta de descrieri interminabile si de amintiri dinistorie si de mai stiu eu ce chesttii printre care trebuie sa-i pescuiesti pe eroii povesti si ajungi sa mori de plictis. E o carte buna dar parca prea intesata cu detoate!
Kelly Aley
Mar 18, 2008 Kelly Aley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
I read this recently and can fully attest to why it is a CLASSIC! What a wonderfully crafted tale. I would say that it is a little hard to get into, but once the cadence of the language is in your head, it is a wonderful story. I can't believe it took me this long to read it. Highly recommend!
Reading this abridged version made me want to read the whole thing. It was romantic and moral. I was pleasantly surprised. This version of the book is short enough to be read in an hour. Recommended in the Tapestry homeschool curriculum for middle school aged kids.
Wonderful tale of knights in shining armor. And all of the honor that goes with it. Terrific story.
As historical fiction, a little stiff - people just don't talk like that today. But a fun read.
Kirsten Karlen
It is a beauty to flip thru, thanx to fabulous illustrations by John Rush!
Annie Oosterwyk
simple with lovely illustrations. a good introduction.
Aug 27, 2012 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: Isaac
Great retelling. 5 stars for the beautiful pictures!!
Classic children's literature.
Sep 11, 2010 Jesse marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Marianna Mayer lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
"I see folktales and myths as humankind's first stories," says Marianna Mayer. "They are a kind of collective dreaming, filled with timeless symbols and images we can all relate to, regardless of age or culture. And, much as an oyster must be disturbed by a grain of sand in order for the pearl to be created, I often choose to retell stories in which I
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