Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer, Author, Barbara Cohen, Author, Trina Schart Hyman, Illustrator HarperCollins $26.99 (96p) ISBN 978-0-688-06201-9
This carefully researched and lively edition of a part of Chaucer's masterwork is richly and beautifully produced. While Cohen admits that ``Chaucer's words are best,'' her prose adaptation of four of his tales captures the zest and vigor of Middle English and makes his stories accessible to the modern child. This is not a pedantic translation or a bowdlerized retelling; Cohen does not substitute weak cliches for Chaucer's rollicking and earthy metaphors, nor does she sacrifice the rhythms of his text. Readers hear the bickering of the pilgrims as they decide on which tale they want to hear next, and the rambling voice of the good Sir John as he laments Chaunticleer's fate. Hyman's meticulous drawings not only evoke the rich panoply of 14th century England, but they are faithful to the text in the smallest detail. Each pilgrim is made particular: we see the Pardoner's limp hanks of hair and the Wife of Bath's gap-toothed smile and dainty ankle. One could not ask for a more enticing introduction to Chaucer's world. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/16/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Open Ebook - 978-1-932681-37-6
Open Ebook - 978-1-55449-681-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-4332-4972-3
Compact Disc - 10 pages - 978-1-58472-355-4
MP3 CD - 2 pages - 978-1-4332-4973-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-88646-077-8
Audio Product - 978-962-634-044-8
Open Ebook - 900 pages - 978-0-553-90252-5
Compact Disc - 978-0-7861-9497-1
Open Ebook - 978-1-4192-5590-8
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 910 pages - 978-1-58836-764-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-4332-4970-9
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-59895-166-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-4332-4971-6
Compact Disc - 18 pages - 978-1-60283-485-9
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4332-6256-2
Paperback - 530 pages - 978-957-551-622-2
MP3 CD - 978-1-62064-914-5
Open Ebook - 428 pages - 978-1-62558-010-8
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-0-7927-5805-1
Show other formats
The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!