Monday, November 25, 2013

MMGM: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Today's MMGM is going to be a speedy review. I was out of town this weekend so I'm a little bit behind entering this new week. Last week was great, seeing how I got quite a few posts out there!

Current news:
I have a great GIVEAWAY for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West. Plus, there's an interview and reviews of her two books!  Check it all out here!

Now, to the fun stuff!!!


This amazing story is by Laura Amy Schlitz.

Goodreads says:
Step back to medieval 1255 England and meet 22 villagers, illustrated in pen and ink, inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany.

Hugo, the lord’s nephew, proves his manhood by hunting a wild boar. Sharp-tongued Nelly supports her family by selling live eels. Peasant Mogg gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. Barbary slings mud on noble Jack. Alice is the singing shepherdess. And many more . . . .

My review:
I really enjoyed how the different stories and how they fit together. It was interesting seeing the life of medieval children written in poetry form. The poems also demonstrated the scientific, cultural, and religious ways throughout the poems. For example, the idea that "ox gall" will take the stains out of clothing.  There was a very informative "notes" section. After some of the poems, there is a short "background" section about some of the things mentioned in the prior poem.  Very fun but also informative, this book is full of great characters.

Note: The Goodreads review says "Barbary slings mud on noble Jack". She actually throws it at Isobel, the baron's daughter. Jack is a half-wit and the son of a serf, not a noble.

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