BROTHER WILLIAM'S YEAR by Jan Pancheri

BROTHER WILLIAM'S YEAR

A Monk at Westminster Abbey
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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Pancheri has been the gardener at Westminster Abbey in London for five years, and she draws on her experience to create a visual and verbal treat. The endpapers lay out the monastery's buildings, cloisters, grounds and gardens. Brother William takes readers simply and clearly through the year 1383 from his perspective as the gardener. In January, there’s enough snow to make a “snowmonk” and a “snowdog” (Rufus, his canine companion). April is Easter, with blessings, painted eggs and the end of fasting. The many pictures, done in egg gouache (a medium suitable to the date), are utterly charming: Each month has an initial decorated with appropriate flora (June’s J entwined with roses, October’s O filled with acorns and oak leaves); the monks work hard, practice archery and play marbles; Brother William and Rufus dance on May Day. Recipes, the occasional gloss on a word in the text and such homely touches as information on the herbs used in healing add to the book's richness. Further notes are given briefly at the end in Brother William’s wry and sweet voice. (Picture book. 7-10)

 

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84507-953-6
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2010




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