The Man Who Loved Books

  • Title: The Man Who Loved Books
  • Author: Jean Fritz Trina Schart Hyman
  • ISBN: 9780399612848
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man Who Loved Books Basing her narrative on legendary material the author has told the story of the sixth century Irish saint Columba The telling is direct and spirited lilting and sensitively balanced encompassing th
    Basing her narrative on legendary material, the author has told the story of the sixth century Irish saint Columba The telling is direct and spirited, lilting and sensitively balanced, encompassing the bardic and the royal traditions of ancient Ireland as well as the joyful zeal of the saint The Horn Book.

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    About Jean Fritz Trina Schart Hyman


    1. Jean Fritz was a children s author with a fascination with writing historical fictions She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award winning and respected author She received an honor for every book that she wrote.


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    1. I am SO disappointed that there are NO reviews of this book on GoodReads! What could be a better title for all book lovers than to hear the tale of one of the ORIGINAL book lovers, who traveled an entire country to find new books, who painstakingly copied each book that he could (books at this time were primarily in monasteries and were often guarded jealously!), who caused a BATTLE over the right to copy a book (that does seem to be going a bit too far!), who spent his entire life in the pursui [...]

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    2. We just love Jean Fritz. She just has a way of telling stories(especially biographies) that really help you identify with people. She uses lots of quirky details that help you find a niche in your brain for the historic figure -- his pet crane, in this book. The illustrations were great too -- only sepia - but such wonderful details inpsired by the medieval illuminations and celtic designs. Great stuff. We had read a couple of other books on Saint Columba before so we were prepared for the horri [...]

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    3. I love books about people who love books! This is a very well-written, albeit short, biography of Columba, who lived from 521-597, a thousand years before the printing press was invented. Born in Ireland, he later left due to a war that he helped cause. The fact that he, by himself, penned 300 copies of the New Testament to give to Scottish churches is an amazing feat! Fritz brings this man to life and makes his life and adventures accessible to young readers. Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations [...]

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    4. I really enjoyed the story about someone who shares my love for reading but I do have mixed feelings about 3,001 men going to war because of a copied book and a disagreement with the ruling by the court.

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    5. I love stories like this, where history meets legend and quality storytelling.This was a library sale find, and at first I thought it would go to my Little Free Library, but instead I think I'll hold onto this one for a while.

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    6. I did enjoy learning about Columba, the man who loved books. I don't know this kind of history well, and it was an interesting story. I like Columba's resistance to the idea that books will destroy people's memories, and he works hard to see that poets are not banished from Ireland: "What kind of people would the Irish become without stories and songs to liven them?"However, some flawed medieval religious practices are too prominent. Sixth-century Columba thinks that to show his love for the chu [...]

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    7. Engaging story about a man who lived to read and create books for others to read. I'm a bit surprised that I'd never heard of him before. The narrative was a bit long and somewhat dry in places, but I found the historical aspects of the tale fascinating. The illustrations are old fashioned and really convey the age of the story. I was amazed at Columba's ability to transcribe so many editions of the New Testament by himself. We really enjoyed reading this book together. This book was selected as [...]

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    8. Have you ever started a war or killed someone or lost a friend over a book? 6th century Irish saint Columba did. He loved books so much that when 3,001 men were killed because he hand-copied his friend's book (against his friend's direct refusal to allow it) he exiled himself away to Iona. From there he served as a missionary all over Scotland and hand-copied more than 300 New Testaments for the churches in Scotland. He returned to his beloved Ireland only once, years later, and blindfolded, to [...]

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    9. There is a lot packed into this picture book biography of Columba, an Irish saint. It's an interesting story, but I wonder who the intended audience is. Though it's a picture book, with some pretty remarkable illustrations, I don't see a child being interested in sitting still long enough to listen to (or read) even just one of these text-heavy pages.

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    10. A shame that this couldn't have full-color illustrations in the illuminated style. Same story as Across a Dark & Wild Sea

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    11. Read this for our Middle Ages history lesson on Monks of the Christian Church.

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    12. Columba was a good man from Ireland. He copied many books. He was a Christian missionary in 521 a.d.

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    13. This doesn't seem like an infallible historical resource, but it certainly is fabulously illustrated.

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    14. This is the shortest, most compact biography I have ever read. But it is powerful.

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