21. The Apple and the Arrow

The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff

Pages: 75
Finished: Jan. 30, 2008
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 7yo.
First Published: 1951
Genre: children, historical fiction
Awards: Newbery Honor
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

"Missed it again."

Comments: This is the story of William Tell, legendary Swiss hero, and the story of the Swiss rebellion which led to the formation of the Swiss Republic. Ds really enjoyed this book and I did also. The characters were real and endearing. The introduction to peasant life in the 1200s was fascinating to ds and inspired much discussion. He found the story to be very exciting. Some parts of the rebellion went over his head but, as noted, it sparked much discussion. The illustrations by this husband and wife team are stunning and the writing rich.


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