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Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children (Yesterday's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

H. E. Marshall , J. R. Skelton
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Book Description

The Anglo-Saxon saga retold in excellent English prose, with the heroic qualities emphasized. Relates how Beowulf, the hero of the Anglo-Saxons, journeys to Daneland, and how he overcomes Grendel, the ogre, and his mother, the water witch, then returns to his own land to serve as king. After 50 years of peace, the fire dragon makes war on the Goth folk and Beowulf goes forth in combat against it, vanquishing his foe but in the end losing his life in ridding his people of its frightful enemy. An outstanding introduction to this tale for children ages 8 and up.

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About the Author

A widely read author of history books for children a century ago, Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Her most famous work, Our Island Story, A History of England for Boys and Girls, was first published in 1905, followed quickly by Scotland’s Story in 1906 and Our Empire Story in 1908. She also authored A History of France, A History of Germany, This Country of Ours, and English Literature for Boys and Girls. In addition, she penned The Story of Napoleon and The Story of Cromwell for the "Children’s Heroes" series and contributed several volumes to the highly acclaimed "Told to the Children" series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147913726X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Yesterday's Classics (March 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CC1LHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a great story January 26, 2010
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I am using this book in my homeschool with my kids ages 6-8 to supplement our history studies. It is a beautifully-written book, taking the ancient epic poem and recasting it in story form. But the language is not "dumbed down", and the story is gripping. Usually I don't like reworked books of this kind. But in this case, this book has enabled me to expose my children to a story they would otherwise have to wait years to read, long past our studies of that time period. Or so I thought. But lo, my 8 year old has discovered my copy of Seamus Heaney's translation of the original Beowulf, and has begun reading it! I am convinced that "Stories of Beowulf" gave him enough comprehension to wade fearlessly through the original, or to even be interested in doing so! Great book. Great illustrations, a little blurry though.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent rewrite on Beowulf December 7, 2010
By Be Well
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I teach literature to middle schoolers, most of whom are home-schooled. I teach in a co-op. The literature mirrors the history class I teach earlier in the day. In history we are currently at the end of the Roman Empire when they are being besieged by the Goths. Beowulf is a hero of the Goths. In literature, I am attempting to let the students see how the cultures of the historic period they are studying think. We can do this by studying their literature. Henrietta Marshall's rewrite on Beowulf is a decent production, highly accessible to the middle school mind. Although the students did not appreciate the thee's and thou's and the somewhat formal English style, Beowulf did come across as a great hero, and one with values that did not seem apparent in the Roman Empire. Loyal to his king, Beowulf does not usurp the Goth king's throne, although he has the popularity to do so. At that time, Roman generals were constantly wiping each other out to try to lay claim to the Roman throne. This retelling of Beowulf was short and to the point, a nice translation that worked well for the student who is not entirely enamored of great literature, but who does like history and good stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the original in my opinion. February 15, 2012
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I had two sons reading different versions of this story at the same time. While my high school student read the original, my 6th grader read this book.Overall, he and I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a great introduction to Beowulf for younger children. It wasn't terribly gruesome like the original, and it helped my middle schooler to develop an appreciation for the story line. I am positive this will aid him when he is older and has/wants to read the poem Beowulf. I also liked that although this is condensed version, it was still of substance and was an enjoyable engaging read as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My fourth-grader read this in a couple of days. He said it is one of his favorite books, and he has asked to read the original Beowulf (although I will wait a few years for that). But I wish I had read this book as a child before studying the original!
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