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Ivanhoe Hardcover – Abridged, September 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1587172489 ISBN-10: 1587172488 Edition: abridged edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; abridged edition edition (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587172488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587172489
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8 - Dramatic illustrations and formal language describe a medieval world of knights and castles in this picture-book adaptation of Scott's romantic classic. Mayer stresses the basic plot and quickly establishes the facts: hatred and rivalry are strong between the Saxons and the Normans; Ivanhoe has been disowned; Rowena and Ivanhoe are in love. Two short paragraphs of historical information and a cast of characters help novices to quickly grasp the conflict that drives the tale. In this much shortened version, some characters and subplots are omitted, and some development is also lost; however, the fast-paced simplification succeeds in creating a good adventure story. The dialogue-filled narrative reads much like a screenplay or comic book where excitement and danger come to life. The plot moves swiftly from a feast at Rotherwood castle to the royal tournament, Ivanhoe's imprisonment, his subsequent rescue by Robin Hood, and finally his marriage to Rowena. Classical-style oil paintings with eye-catching colors and composition romanticize the story and reflect the tone of the text. Illuminated letters and elegant drawings appear in the borders, making the pages reminiscent of medieval manuscripts. This title may be enjoyed as an accessible introduction to a great work of literature. - Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. This large-format book offers a series of brief, dramatic scenes smoothly knit together to retell Scott's classic. Though the large cast of sketchily drawn characters is not particularly memorable as presented here, young readers who enjoy stories set in medieval times may be intrigued by the tale of adventure and romance. Mayer concludes with an excellent note on Scott's life and his influence on her work. With a full-page or smaller picture appearing on each double-page spread, Rush's series of dramatic oil paintings will draw readers to this edition. The artist's figure drawing and composition, combined with a rich use of color, recall illustrators such as Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth. A handsome abridged edition. Carolyn Phelan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Art lover on January 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This paintings in this book are of a quality one hardly sees any more in contemporary book illustration. Though made recently, they revive the chilvalry of the Middle Ages viewed through the 19th century romantic vision of this period. Especially the "knight on horse" images are stunning, but let me not forget the pyre, about to singe a beautiful maiden, of course she is rescued. I can highly recommend this wonderful book, a treasure to cherish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Johnson on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
John Rush is a fantastic illustrator that brings to life the mystic of mid-evil times. My favorite is "Grand Master". It's such a dynamic depiction of an anxious situation. I bet Mr Rush had a wonderful time creating these images. His technique does not lend itself to "advanced technology" that is so popular today with computer images.

I purchased this for my grandson, with the thought that he should attack his chosen craft with the passion that this illustrator does in his work.

Well done Mr Rush,!!

John A Johnson UCID '71
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Book is Always Better Than the Film on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Chapter XLIII

"Our scene now returns to the exterior of the castle, or preceptor, of Templestowe, about the hour when the bloody die was to be cast for the life or death of Rebecca. It was a scene of bustle and life, as if the whole vicinity had poured forth its inhabitants to a village wake or rural feast. But the earnest desire to look on blood and death is not peculiar to those dark ages; though in the gladiatorial exercise of single combat and general tourney, they were habituated to the bloody spectacle of brave men falling by each other's hands. Even in our own day, when morals are better understood, an execution, a bruising match, a riot, or a meeting of radical reformers, collects, at considerable hazard to themselves, immense crowds of spectators, otherwise little interested, except to see how matters are to be conducted, or whether the heroes of the day are, in the heroic language of insurgent tailors, `flints' or `dunghills'."

There is, odd as it may sound to a modern ear, an edginess to Scott's writing, like the amused glint in a favorite mean uncles eye, which crops up especially in his observations of human faults. It adds relish to the reading -- to hear someone skewered smoothly is a pleasure, the more so when his target aligns with our own natural bias - and indeed, one of his main targets of this guarded, almost subversive goading is the church:
"The Grand Master [Templar]was a man advanced in age, as was testified by his long grey beard, and the shaggy grey eyebrows, overhanging eyes of which, however, years had been unable to quench the fire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.Q. on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book to my two boys and we loved the story! Even though I haven't read the unabridged version (which I recently purchased), this adaptation by Marianna Mayer is a great introduction to the original novel. Now we can't wait for the opportunity to read the original story! I agree with the general reading level of 9-12 years of age; however, I think that it could be read to or by younger children and be easily understood by them as well. (One of my boys is 7 y/o and he enjoyed it.) We are studying the Middle Ages this year (some knowledge of this period is helpful to better understand the novel) and this book, although a fiction story, has been a wonderful addition to our studies. L. Qahoush
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