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The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart


The Flint Heart

valutazioni:
3.5/5 (10 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
4 ore
Pubblicato:
Sep 27, 2011
ISBN:
9781455822461
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

Long ago, in the land of Dartmoor, a magic man created an enchanted charm that granted its possessor incredible power-at the cost of the wearer's own tenderness and compassion. After the merciless Flint Heart causes much destruction, it is lost among the reeds and rocks of the moor, where a kindly farmer discovers it thousands of years later. With the Flint Heart in his possession, the once adoring father Billy Jago is transformed into a cruel and merciless brute. Young Charles is determined to win back his father's true nature, and with his sister Unity and dog, Ship, he sets off into an enchanted world where animals talk, fairies hold elaborate banquets, and magical mischief must be resolved to bring Dartmoor and Merripit Farm back to rights again.

This luminous fantasy by Katherine and John Paterson, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's original story, is a tale that promises to capture the hearts of listeners with an enchantment all its own.

Pubblicato:
Sep 27, 2011
ISBN:
9781455822461
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.

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  • (3/5)
    If you like fairy tales you will like this book!
  • (5/5)
    Just pure delight from beginning to end. This story begs, begs, begs to be read aloud. The beautiful pictures add to the magic.
  • (3/5)
    An enjoyable fary tale adapted from a 1910 fantasy.
  • (3/5)
    A fairy tale that is perhaps a little too fairy tale for 2011. Well written, but not transformed in any way. Why do we need this when we have The Snow Queen? Why not do a will and fabulous retelling of that story?
  • (3/5)
    Reason for Reading: I enjoy the author and would read any new book by her that piqued my interest. I read this aloud to my son.I'll start by saying that my son enjoyed this book much more than I did. That is factored into my rating. I read a chapter a day but before each reading I'd have my son give me a little recap on what happened last time as I was honestly so bored I couldn't remember what was going on. I kept thinking about the last book we read together! However when we were finished the book, my son's response was that the book had been "awesome!" and "Is there a sequel?" Go figure.The story is repetitive. Someone finds the flint heart, wears it, and turns nasty. Then when someone else manages to get it away from them they fling it away only to later have another unfortunate soul find the flint heart again to repeat the process once more. Here we have our classic fairy tale element and I'll say my son (and I) are big fairy tale fans and I think he found comfort and enjoyment in the predictability of that plotline. Of course, our hero's task is to destroy the flint heart completely causing some adventure. Ds enjoyed the characters mostly. The wise old Zagabog, the funny fairy king and queen, as well as the other fairy characters; and he enjoyed both of the protagonists, a boy named Charles and his little sister Unity. I was interested in the original this was "abridged" from, so started reading some of it online and a lot of the language has been kept, with whole phrases verbatim. What seems to be missing is the depth of language present in the original. I actually found myself getting interested in Phillpott's story and found his sense of humour dry and witty, something completely missing in this adaptation. The Kindle edition is too expensive for a public domain book but if I find it for up to 2 bucks, I'd like to read the original, which is much longer also. One point I must make is that the artwork by Rocco is beautiful. Large paintings that take up almost the entire 2-page spread in luscious earth tones. They are a pure delight to behold.
  • (1/5)
    This was not a very interesting book. If you want to read something more interesting read Lord of the Rings. It's the same plot line.
  • (5/5)
    My 6.5 year old girl gave this audiobook 5 stars for the flint heart. It was mysterious and exciting. She says u should read it too.
  • (5/5)
    An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)This is a fun quick book, great for parents to read with their children or for a school teacher to read a loud to their class. John Rocco did an amazing job illustrating the book. The illustrations are beautiful and the colors are vibrant.The story is good and like all middle grade kids can learn from it. The whole point of the story is to be thankful for what you have, and that is always a great message especially for children, they learn that at a young age chances are it will stay with them through out their lives.The characters were great fun and they were pretty dynamic even for a children's book. It is an abridged version of a story from 1910, I have not read the original, so I am unable to compare the two.I believe that children would enjoy this story and if a family reads it together then they can have some great conversations about it together. * Reading level: Ages 9-12 * Hardcover: 304 pages * Publisher: Candlewick; abridged edition edition (September 27, 2011) * ISBN-10: 0763647128 * Author: Katherine Paterson and John Paterson * Cover art: I really like it, very whimsical. * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: Sent for review by the publisher thank you Candlewick.