The Trumpeter of Krakow
It's so odd to me that there I was, going along reading a story about a fam ...more
I loved reading about a Krakow that was thriving and a center if education, culture and civilization. My kids were skeptical of this one and the readingg level was too hard for my daughter when we started, but as I decided to read-aloud instead of having her read it alone, several things changed: the language was easily understandable by all of the children, they all became intrigued with the story and even identified things they were familiar with. :-) thanks to JK Rowling, they had a schema f ...more
That fact, plus the very strong characters, inspiring passages, and its 1929 copyright moved a possible four-star rating to five. This is excellent young-adult historical fiction for any era. An action-packed adventure book based on a true story, "The Trumpeter" inspires today with its examples of courage, wisdom, and fidelity to promises made.
When you read the book, be sure it's the edition that beg ...more
The book was very different than I expected, but an interesting and enjoyable read. I can see returning to it again.
Originally published in 1928, it stands the test of time as long a s the reader is prepared to sit back, as if in a large over-stuffed red leather arm chair, and regress into the 15th century. There are good guys and bad guys, history and the ever-present greed. A loyal family, the treasure they are hiding (this part kind of sinks into the background as the action of the sto ...more
I was glad that the edition of Trumpeter had an introduction (from 1966 ...more
Joseph and his family have fled their home in the Ukraine and headed to Krakow after the Tartars have laid waste to their home. They are being hunted even in Krakow as Joseph's father is hiding the Great Tarnov Crystal, a jewel that is said to possess great powers and one that is worth killing for. Pan Andrew, Joseph's father, has fulfilled his family's ancient oath to protect it for as long as they could but now that the secret is out, ...more
The book centers on a family who has come to Krakow having lost everything to marauders seeking an ancient treasure said to be in the family’s possession. A classic story of adventure.
9/20/2013 242 pages
from Wikipedia: The Trumpeter of Krakow, a young adult historical novel by Eric P. Kelly, won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1929. Centered around the historical fire that burned much of Kraków in 1462, The Trumpeter of Krakow tells the fictional story of a family of Joseph Charnetski, a Polish noble family from Kresy (modern day Ukraine), who fled to Kraków, Poland, in 1461 ...more
As far as the book itself- it's pretty good. The characters and plotting are ahead of their time (1928), but the pacing is still choppier than most post-1960 children's books. Kelly gets something going for a few chapters, then lets ...more
The story is about a family-the Charnetskis-driven out of Ukraine to Krakow, at the time the capital of Poland. In their possession is a great and valuable gem which a Tartar bandit chief is looking for.. in Krakow, the family gets involved with alchemists at a time ...more
Louise Seaman Bechtel introduction begins with condescension and ignorance in her introduction but it suits what follows. If the words Ugly American mean anything to you, let's skip what she actually wrote and describe it thusly.
Kellly claims to love the Poles but if so why mislead Americans about the country's history? The University of Krakow was the first to have a chair in Astronomy - in 1400! See Grazyna Rosinska's article in http://scribd.com/doc/38101197/Universities-Science-in-the-Early...more
It’s a work of fiction leading up to an actual fire that destroyed much of Krakow in 1462. The trumpeters of Krakow, from the title, trumpet the hour with a traditional piece of music, from the spire of a church every hour, on the hour. The melody is unfinished at the ...more