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The Secret World Of Hildegard

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
From the star-studded author of DIZZY (and the mother-son team that brought you DIEGO) comes a picture book on the extraordinary Hildegard von Bingen, a woman who had the courage to take on kings.

Hildegard von Bingen composed hymns and symphonies, painted glorious pictures, compiled books on medicine, and wrote religious revelations of such ethereal beauty that they inspir
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to booklady by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Hartman
Children are more receptive to the mysteries of spiritual life than most adults; yet even believers often want to shield them from such things. What a shame! Life and this world are full of mystery and wonder. Hildegard saw visions inside her head from her infancy, but understandably she was afraid to tell anyone. In her case, keeping what she saw to herself resulted in terrible headaches, so much so that finally she had to speak up. When she told her loving parents what was happening, they help ...more
Oct 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrenslit
Parts of this book are wonderful--the illustrations, the accessible text, the near-devotional cadence--but some of the information makes me a bit uneasy. Broad, sweeping, somewhat misleading statements about education in the Middle Ages combine with fragmentary picture of monastic life. It's difficult to convey a complicated issue in such a small volume, but bits of the text bothered my sense of rightness. On the whole, it's a worthwhile book to read (and I'm very glad to see Hildegard presented ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Booklady, Rhonda
On the children's literature listserv to which I subscribe, Jane Yolen mentioned that she was asked to write a children's biography of Hildegard of Bingen, but she turned it down as unwritable. Then, she added, Jonah Winter took it and did a beautiful job with it. She's right! It's a beautifully written book. He manages to capture this incredible woman's mystical nature. If only the book had come with a CD sampling of her music! It made me want to dig out my books on Hildegard and re-read them. ...more
Pam Bustin
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist-reads
Lovely lovely lovely.

I shall be passing this one on to young girls everywhere.
Carolyn Krecklow
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Growing up in the middle ages meant girls had very limited opportunities. The author uses the color gray to describe these times.
Hildegard from her earliest memories saw a bright world with flames and stars inside her head.
I like the repeated line of poetry to describe how it felt to be her.
(even printed in gray)
“And there was grayness
and silence and sorrow,
though a light shone brightly inside her.”
Headaches were a frequent problem. Her parents took her to a monastery to live with the sisters.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-board
This beautifully illustrated biography introduced me to a woman I have never heard of before. (That's what I get for not being Catholic!) Hildegard was a German abbess in the 12th century who was remarkably accomplished. From a young age she received divine visions, which eventually were written down and presented to the Pope. He approved of her visions and they began to be shared far and wide. Despite her fame, she humbly declared, "I am just a poor, little woman...I am just a feather on the br ...more
Miz Lizzie
This wordy picture book of St. Hildegard's life is definitely for the older child reader and adults as it. It focuses fairly specifically on the power and message of Hildegard's visions as it follows the course of her life, with only a brief mention of her work as a herbalist and healer and no mention of her music compositions. However, this focus allows the message of being true to one's own vision, whatever it may be, to permeate the story in a gentle manner and honors the mystical faith of th ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This charming little (children's) book by Jonah and Jeanette Winter is just a snippet of the life of Hildegard, a mystic and nun who lived in Germany during the middle ages. Her visions, described as "fires in the head", ultimately expressed themselves in the form of music and major scholarly achievements ( the fields of botany and medicine) and she was admired by popes and peasants alike. Pretty dang impressive for a woman of her times.
Nevada Libert
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible
great book. a girl with visions and was sent away to learn to read and write and to have proper manners,who never shared her visions with other people because she was afraid that she would go to prison, i love that god came and told her not to be afraid to share her visions with people i love that she preached and told her visions in books it is very rare that a nun got to be so famous in her time.
 Barb Bailey
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
About a girl who had mistic visions in the year 1119, and they continues throughout her life. Hildegard saw bright lights and visions while she was awake. She was taught and raised in a nunnery. And when she was grown up became a writer, musician, and scientists. She has been called a Saint though she was not officially canonized. She recorded many religious books as well as hymns and prayers
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Mother and son have another collaboration in this biography of a fascinating person I'd never heard about. Having visions, and hiding them from the world, caused Hildegard to have headaches and to go in hiding. But once she realized her visions were from God, she shared them. A creative look in the life of a woman when women weren't treated as more than wives-and-mothers-in-the-making.
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Hildegard von Bingen and enjoys children's books
Shelves: 2011-books
A lovely book for children (and for those who enjoy children's books) about the life of Hildegard von Bingen, 12 century mystic and saint. Illustrations are beautiful, and somewhat similar to Tomie dePaola's in style.

This would make a lovely gift for a young girl!
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This children's book about Hildegard von Bingen is well-written and illustrated by the son and mother team of Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter. This is one of the books in our St. Jude's Parish Library where I am the volunteer parish librarian.
Karen Dransfield
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
A lovely true story. Very colourful artwork.
Interesting. Certainly a mytholoized version of her life's story.
Hildegard is a woman of history worth learning about, and the mother/son team that created this book illuminate the mystical aspect of her life with bright colors and well-paced narrative.
Has an interesting "Author's Note" at the end that explains in more detail the accomplishments of Hildegard von Bingen.
Karen Gillaspie
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-non-fiction
A wonder! Pleasing to the eye AND mind.

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