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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and educational, January 7, 2008
This review is from: Song of the Talanton (Paperback)
"Song of the talanton" is a beautifully written and illustrated book for preschool children that introduces the young reader to monastic life. Through lyrical language interwoven with the rhythmic sounds of the talanton Sophia a young pilgrim, is called to prayer. The accompanying audio CD has bonus features including the tonk of a talanton, the story read by the author and Orthodox music by Eikona.

A talanton is a portable wooden or metal board that summons all to prayer. It replaced church bells that were forbidden for Christians who lived under Muslim rule and is still used in monasteries today. Since Claire's book was written I became more aware of talantons on visits to monasteries, where our children enjoyed beating a "Tonk, tonk, talan-ton" rhythm on the long wooden board. Thank you Claire, for creating this inspiring and informative story for young children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monastic life, January 9, 2008
This review is from: Song of the Talanton (Paperback)
Song of the Talanton is a beautifully written and illustrated book about prayer and chanting in an Orthodox monastery. The prayers of the pilgrim visiting the monastery mirror the chanting taking place inside the chapel and the rhythm of the Talanton. This book is a good introduction for children to the life of monastics. The CD is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The accompanying CD brings the song of the Talanton alive!, June 11, 2013
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Great book which will be used with a church school class to teach the importance of the Orthodox call to prayer and the monastic life. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and especially recommended for young children and their families., April 3, 2008
This review is from: Song of the Talanton (Paperback)
Music and music-making have been an integral part of the Christian experience from the very beginning of the Christian movement some two thousand years ago. A 'Talanton' is a long portable wooden board (or occasionally a fixed metal bar), usually featuring decorative or carved ends and has been used in monasteries for centuries as a means of calling the faithful to prayer. A wooden mallet striking the talanton, makes a loud (tonk) sound. Deftly written and beautifully illustrated by Claire Brandenburg, "Song Of The Talanton" takes the reader to the moment of sunrise and a pilgrim visiting a women's monastery hears this ages-old, rhythmic talanton call to worship. Accompanied by a superbly recorded audio CD featuring a reading of the story by the author, songs by Eikona, and more, "Song Of The Talanton" is unique and especially recommended for young children and their families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast for Eyes and Ears, January 10, 2008
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M. T. Johnson (San Jose, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Song of the Talanton (Paperback)
Here's a scrumptious feast for both your eyes and your ears. Buy the SONG OF THE TALANTON and step into the desert as night gives way to dawn. Put on the audio CD and listen to the drumming rhythms of the talanton and the morning songs of birds as calls to prayer. As you listen, let Claire Brandenburg's delicate watercolors and text lead you through the enchanted landscape to the intimate holiness of a little Orthodox chapel. Hear the talanton sound and the beautiful voices of Eikona praise God in the Morning Service, as Claire's art steeps you in the beauty of God's House.
SONG OF THE TALANTON is a wonderful gift for children and families, as they learn about their faith both by seeing and hearing. The CD even explains the history of the talanton and provides instructions for how to make one. The activity of making a talanton, and learning how to use it, involves everyone in the family in fun and in a deepening shared experience of family prayer.
However, the SONG OF THE TALANTON is not just for children, It's a joyful sight and sound immersion for anyone who wants to learn more about the talanton and the enduring traditions of the Orthodox faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an intriduction for children to monastic life, December 30, 2007
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Jim Forest (Alkmaar Netherlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Song of the Talanton (Paperback)
"Song of the Talanton" draws its inspiration from the mysterious Greek word in the book's title -- a board used in monasteries for tapping out the call to prayer at various hours of the day. Claire Brandenburg's attractive illustrations and poetic text introduce a young reader to life in a desert monastery as seen through the eyes of a visitor, Sophia, who has awoken in time to watch the sun rise over the mountains and cactuses and who, with other pilgrims, joins the nuns for the day's first service of prayer. The book is augmented by a CD that in which we hear the actual sound of a talaton in use, hear the author read her story, and listen to prayers being sung by nuns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for preschoolers., December 20, 2007
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A very creative introduction for young children to an Eastern Orthodox woman's monastery through the tradition of the "talanton" which summons all to communal prayer. The young pilgrim Sophia's thoughts and prayers are interwoven in the pre-dawn and early morning striking of the "talanton" and in the church services. The accompanying CD, in addition to the author/illustrator narrating the book with accompanying sounds of nature and the striking of the "talanton," has information on making a "talanton" and selections of other Orthodox music by the group Eikona to encourage children to join in. An excellent selections for preschoolers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up!, December 11, 2007
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An amazingly brilliant book by Claire Brandenburg, one of our favorite authors and illustrators. This book is a story as well as poetry woven beautifully together with Christian Faith and a Monastic Spirit. This story teaches all people how the heart is called to prayer and how to understand some of the practices that occur in monasteries across the world. The CD adds so much to the story like the sound of the talanton and description of it (A long protable wooden board that has been used in monasteries for centures as a call to prayer). It also encourages children to make their own talanton and how to call their families together in prayer. Lastly, the singing of the group, Eikona, ties the entire book together in encouraging children to sing and pray at the same time. This book is targeted for children but anyone who experiences this book will benefit. Two Thumbs Up!
Khouria Tammy Makoul
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Song of the Talanton by Claire Brandenburg (Paperback - November 1, 2007)
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