The Trumpeter of Krakow
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
I'm not sure how accurate the book's portrayal of the philosophy/science/religion of the time per ...more
It's so odd to me that there I was, going along reading a story about a fam ...more
This 1929 Newbery Award Winner was difficult for me to read, for a multitude of reasons. Let me start with the depiction of women. Kelly didn't even bother to name the mother of his main character, Joseph, even though "Mother" often appears on the scene. Both "Mother" and her son's love interest, Elzbietka, relay the idea that females need to be cared for by men and need to be told what to do. Ugh. Spare me the medieval ...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
I was glad that the edition of Trumpeter had an introduction (from 1966 ...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
This was a pleasant surprise to end my first decade of Newbery winners. A little mystery, a little action, a little fantasy. Some dry chapters that took a little more dedication to get through, but far more entertaining than some of the winners this far. Clearly 1920s literature is not really my cup of tea.
The book was very different than I expected, but an interesting and enjoyable read. I can see returning to it again.
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
I had actually picked it up and tried reading it a few years ago and been distracted, but today I had no trouble getting into it. In fact I ...more
The story takes place in the city of Krakow in Poland at the time of about 1460. These are some of the main characters of the book. First there is Pan A ...more
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
Enter Joseph who is traveling to the city of Krakow with his parents. They have fled their village where they had been attacked. They are accosted again as they try to en ...more