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Morpurgo added: “Storymakers and storytellers like Barrie, and like all the previous winners of this award, have given us the hope and faith children need, we need, to keep flying, have sustained us through dark and troubled times, have banished doubt. To touch the lives of children, to witness their listening and reading silence, is reward enough in itself. This is simply the icing on the cake.” Complemented by Michael Foreman's vivid illustrations, this epic tale is skillfully spun, with both the accessibility and the integrity it takes to capture a new audience. Lovers of superheroes and monsters, compassionate rulers and fearsome battles will find this retelling as enthralling as it is tragic.

Hear and listen well, and I will tell you a tale that has been told for a thousand years and more. it may be an old story, yet it troubles and terrifies us now as much as it ever did, for we still fear the evil that stalks out there in the darkness and beyond." A son and grandson of actors, Michael has acting in his blood and enjoys collaborating and performing live adaptations of his books at festivals, concerts and theatres.


I would recommend this book for children aged around 7-8 for guided reading with parents or teachers but for independent reading around 9-12. I would not buy this book unless you like lots of fiction. If you like historical books, this could be for you as it is mostly fiction but has home history blended into it. The type/genre of book is historical fiction. Beowulf is one of the most important texts in Old English and is believed to date from somewhere between 975 and 1025 - around the time of Alfred the Great. The author is unknown.

David Wood, chair of Action for Children’s Arts, said Morpurgo is “one of our greatest storytellers”.I’ve used this text and resources with Year 4 several times and they are tried and tested winners at getting even the most reluctant of pupils to do some creative writing. In November 2016 Michael Morpurgo won the J M Barrie Award for his contribution to children’s literature.This award is given every year by Action for Children’s Arts to a “children’s arts practitioner” whose lifetime’s work has delighted children and will stand the test of time. Beowulf is a fantastic book with EYE-POPPING features. This make-belief book is set in the deadly depths of Denmark around 400 AD, an especially troubling era. The main character is as brave as brass (Beowulf he was called) because on countless attempts he saved King Hrothgar and his city Heorot from at first a blood thirsty monster and next the monster's sea-hag of a mother and later Beowulf's own people.

Michael's books have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Bulgarian and Hungarian, Hebrew and Japanese. He travels all over the UK and abroad talking to people of all ages at literary festivals, telling his stories and encouraging them to tell theirs. I am not a scholar of Old English literature, so my research for this retelling was necessarily gleaned from other retellings and translations by poets and scholars and storytellers. Among many sources of inspiration for my own telling of Beowulf have been versions by the following writers and poets: Seamus Heaney, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Kevin Crossley-Holland, and Michael Alexander." --M.M. In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. This ancient Anglo-Saxon tale is brilliantly retold by Micheal Morpurgo and has the children enchanted.Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2012-05-07 16:32:27 Boxid IA183201 Boxid_2 CH108401 Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II City Cambridge, MA Donor In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership. Text rationale: The Danes and Geats celebrate their victory not knowing that Grendel’s mother is also about to terrorise Heorot, seeking vengeance for the death of her son. She enters Heorot, seizes Hrothgar's oldest friend and makes away with the severed arm of Grendel. urn:oclc:319890298 Republisher_date 20120724173231 Republisher_operator [email protected] Scandate 20120724093608 Scanner scribe4.shenzhen.archive.org Scanningcenter shenzhen Usl_hit true Worldcat (source edition)

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