This is the story of a young man who travelled far across the sea to fight two terrifying monsters-one who could rip a man apart and drink his blood, the other who lived like a sea-wolf at the bottom of a dark, blood-stained lake. The young hero's name was Beowulf, and his story, first written in Anglo-Saxon in the eighth century, has become one of the world's most famousThis is the story of a young man who travelled far across the sea to fight two terrifying monsters-one who could rip a man apart and drink his blood, the other who lived like a sea-wolf at the bottom of a dark, blood-stained lake. The young hero's name was Beowulf, and his story, first written in Anglo-Saxon in the eighth century, has become one of the world's most famous epics. Kevin Crossley-Holland retells the story for children in quick-paced, rhythmical prose accompanied by Charles Keeping's striking illustrations. Together they bring to life the beauty and power of one of the first great English poems....
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This is a retell of one of the world's greatest epic poems, Beowulf. I studied the original (which was written in Old English) at university and found it to be extremely challenging so was surprised to find that my year 6 class on SBT 1 were going to be reading it as a class as part of their Extended Writing lessons. However, this story version is a great recount and does not miss anything out from the original.It is set in Anglo-Saxon times and tells the story of the hero Beowulf who comes to the aid of his king Hrothgar by killing the horrifying monster Grendel and then Grendel’s ‘dragon like’ mother Frothi. Hrothgar then dies of old age leaving Beowulf the king of the Danes and Geats. 50 years later Beowulf is faced with the ultimate challenge to fight a ferocious dragon; however the hero Beowulf dies killing the dragon. The language is very complex, even for my high ability class (levels 5 and 6) and so the class teacher or myself had to read it to the pupils. I would read 2-3 pages a lesson and would read it twice: the first time the class would listen, then the second time the class would note any lexis they did not understand or any language they would like to use in their own writing. The story contained some great descriptions and many new adjectives for the children which helped widen their vocabulary and improve their own descriptive writing. Overall the children really enjoyed the story despite the challenging language and they also loved learning about the background to the story and how it would have looked and sounded in Old English. There was a great improvement in the descriptive writing of the boys in the class and many of them said that this was because they really enjoyed listening and writing about the Beowulf and his adventures.
This is one of my favourite children's books and have used it in a Grade 5 class. The boys loved it and it got the relutant readers and writers thinking and creating!
Used it with a Year 6 class as a focus book for their extended writing.A good edit that has managed to tone down nicely for a younger age group of readers. Not too graphic in its description of gore and violence and keeps readers engaged with its pace and rhythmic writing style but maintains a good level of challenging vocab.Provides a good platform to develop extended creative writing pieces.
Kevin Crossley-Holland flexes his muscles yet again and delivers an exciting, excellent version of Beowulf. His use of a bard at the beginning, who provides the background and historical context and entices the hero's involvement, shows how he keeps his young readership in mind.Crossley-Holland is bekend vir sy knap oorvertel van bestaande verhale. Hierdie weergawe van Beowulf demonstreer sy vaardighede en sy vermoë om sy jong teikenlesers in gdagte te hou.
I read this for my Old English module at university and thoroughly enjoyed it, and after reading the critical literature it made it even better!! I would love to read other translations to see how different intellectuals interpret it, such as Tolkien!
I read this book in high school and really enjoyed. I felt the story was like King Arthur and the adventures of his knights, but older. It was really entertaining with all the adventures he had and monsters he killed.
I picked up a copy of the exquisite Folio Society edition (translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland) a few years ago, self-conscious about not having read it. And now I feel as though I need to check out other translations before offering an opinion. Funny, that. And epic indeed.
This book came recommended by TWTM. The kids thought the pictures were fascinating and the story was IMO a great introduction to Beowulf.
This is a very readable retelling of the story of the young man Beowulf told in strong, rhythmical prose for children and adults. The illustrations are also well done.
This was prep for reading the big long Beowulf so I'm not sure how fit I am to judge it. But I liked it! The illustrations are totally creepy.