With battle-bold words ancient poets sang the clash between Beowulf and Grendel. This modern retelling preserves the splendor of those Old English poetic conventions, while the taut, restrained phrasing captures Beowulf's original aural experience. But, this is not a book for the ears only. Justin Gerard's luminous paintings create empathy for a time when despair meant defeat and only courage could win the day.
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Grade 4–6—This is the first volume in Szobody's shortened, "modern" retelling of the Beowulf epic in picture-book format. This adaptation is reminiscent of the poem's Old English origins in meter and vocabulary, the boldface heraldic introduction, and the simply stated conclusion. Gerard's dark, brown- or blue-toned full-page paintings have a folkloric quality, the faces almost caricatures. Some scenes are lit by the golden glow of torchlight; others offer dark hints of the horrid beast and the devastation left in his wake. Several enlarged vignettes in sepia tones focus in on Grendel. A small map shows the lands of the Danes and Geats and pinpoints the great hall, Heorot, and Beowulf's route of travel. A glossary includes key words and their pronunciations, in-depth explanations of "epic Poetry," "prosody" (the musicality of Old English poetry); and a number of other poetic devices.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Descrizione libro Portland Studios, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Justin Gerard (illustratore). book. Codice libro della libreria M0979718309
Descrizione libro Portland Studios, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110979718309