About the book: For a long while Beowulf leaned on the blood-stained sword; his heart was pounding. A man with the strength of thirty! slayer of Grendel and slayer of the sea-wolf! A hero without equal in this middle-world!’
The story of Beowulf was written down as an epic poem in Anglo-Saxon England. It recounts the heroic struggles of one man against supernatural monsters. Kevin Crossley-Holland’s retelling unleashes the excitement in this tale of good triumphing over evil. The unforgettable illustrations from Charles Keeping capture every brooding moment and explosive episode.
Reasons for selection: Kevin Crossley-Holland is a superb storyteller. His prose paints evocative word pictures and the text provides lots of opportunities for language enrichment and for learning about the history of English language and literature Charles Keeping’s pen and ink illustrations are uncompromising, powerful and poignant. This text provides opportunities for nuanced discussions about heroism, outsiders and vengeance. The book can also sit alongside a history topic on Anglis Saxon Britain.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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