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A Medieval Feast (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – September 25, 1986
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"A veritable feast of a book."--" School Library Journal"Sumptuous colors and minute detail illustrate the latest in Aliki's unbroken run of incomparable picture books.--" Publishers Weekly
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The king is coming to visit! The lord and lady of Camdenton Manor must work quickly to prepare fo his arrival. It will take weeks to ready rooms, set up tents, and prepare the feast itself. Everyone is busy hunting and hawking, brewing and churning. This will be a feast to remember!
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I read a review about this book given by another amazon customer who bought the book looking for recipes. Because the customer ordered without reading the description of the book first, she was disappointed to find that she had actually ordered a non-fiction history book for children. I am annoyed that this customer decided to rate this book with one star because she mis-ordered. The title isn't misleading, it describes exactly what the book is about, a medieval feast. It's wonderful.
We see the gorgeous fabrics for clothing, the tents & tapestries, the hunting, the house cleaning and the cooking. We sense the air of anticipation as the king finally arrives. Then we long to taste those fanciful foods we have only just read about: the Cockentrice, trenchers, and Subtleteys. Maybe we are even tempted to use our little fingers to dispense salt on our food. It is with longing we watch the feasting.
Then she ends our feast with a huge dose of reality: When the king announced he was going to visit a lord, the lord was struck with fear. To host the king meant he could quite possibly lose his entire fortune as many before him had done.
This is the beauty of Aliki, she brings the magic of the past to the present but won't neglect to remind us that it's opulence had a price and consequences. And yet the magic is not broken...it still lingers in our senses like the scent of a lovely perfume.