THE SECRET WORLD OF HILDEGARD by Jonah Winter
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THE SECRET WORLD OF HILDEGARD

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Age Range: 7 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Using heightened language that matches his mother’s exquisite, hieratic pictures, Jonah Winter limns the life of an extraordinary woman, the 12th-century Hildegard of Bingen. As a small girl, Hildegard knew things and could see things inside her head, visions and glories. Her frightened parents brought her to a monastery where a particular nun taught her to read, to sing and to study. Keeping her visions secret, however, caused her great pain, until she let them pour out of her in a luminous river of music, writing and natural history. The pope blessed her work, and people came to hear her. The design is in perfect harmony with the story, with pages that alternate long and shorter texts, and fonts reflecting her own words or those of the narrator. Hildegard described herself as “a feather on the breath of God,” and young readers will find themselves breathless with the power of her story and the long reach of her ideas. (author’s note, bibliography) (Biography. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-439-50739-4
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2007




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