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King Of The Golden River: The Black Brothers [Hardcover]

By John Ruskin & Richard Doyle (Illustrator)
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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   Chapman Billies
Age  3
ISBN  0939218097  
EAN  9780939218097  


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For over one hundred fifty years, people of all ages have enjoyed this happy tale. Written at a time when children's books were more lectures than adventures, and their creators more scolds than skjalds, the book was an immediate success. It remains an inspiring blend of illustrations and text, both done by men at the peak of their creativity.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! From his early youth John Ruskin drew obsessively, a discipline that he not only kept up right through the production of his great literary works, but which was essential to them. This book is the result of quite considerable teaching experience.

John Ruskin was born in 1819 and died in 1900.

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THE STORY HAS A WELL WRITTEN LESSON   Oct 26, 2006
THIS STORY WAS ABOUT THREE BROTHERS WHO TWO OF THEM WERE VERY SELFISH AND ONLY THOUGHT OF THEMSELVES WHERE THE OTHER ONE WAS KIND AND THOUGHT OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS. THE LESSON IN THE STORY IS THAT IF YOU THINK OF OTHERS OTHER THAN YOURSELF, YOU MAY BE REWARDED IN THE LONG RUN. I PERSONLAY ENJOYED READING THIS STORY TO MY LITTLE BOY WHO IS FIVE.I THINK ANY PARENT OR GRANDPARENT SHOULD READ THIS STROY TO A SMALL CHILD. THERE IS A IMPORTANT LESSON TO BE LEARNED IN THIS BOOK. I WOULD READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.......
 
John Ruskin wrote children's stories?  Sep 29, 2006
This is an amusing if slightly odd story. I guess that Ruskin considered himself such an intellectual jack of all trades that he'd a have a go at the genre, if only to say he'd done it.

The story is built from familiar parts. There's a Cinderella theme, built around a young boy and his two cruel brothers. There's also a theme of the wandering stranger who, after being treated well or poorly, rewards the doer equally well or poorly. In fact, that was such a cool idea that Ruskin threw in two magical beings quite independent of each other, making the front and back halves of this little creature look like thay came from two different animals.

It's a pleasant enough fairy tale, but not one that I'd spend a lot of time hunting down.

//wiredweird

PS: This reviews a different edition of the story, apparently not listed at this site. My 1962 edition was illustrated by Sardo Nardini. The pictures are competent and colorful but, like the story itself, forgettable.
 
childhood favorite!  Mar 23, 2001
I must have read this book when I was 7 or 8. When my familiy moved, I searched in vain for the book to re-read, but it must have been lost in the move. I discovered it on a friend's shelf a few weeks ago, and re-read it. What joy! I always thought of this as the story where a bad guy steals Holy Water, but it is much more than this. The young hero has two dreadful brothers. He takes their abuse, and repays them with kindness, rescuing them from their own greed. Ruskin's descriptions of the country side are dramatic and vivid. One warning: Some might be disturbed by the references to the brothers' drunken behavior.
 
A book to be avoided unless you are a sanctimonius humbug  Nov 17, 2000
I had it as a text book in my high school and hated it. I had to locate this book today to explain to my 9 year old how we always dont get to read interesting books, more so for class assignments. I know any number of kids who get turned off by Dickens just because they had a tyrannical teacher stuff it down, rather up their brainstems in junior high school. One is asked to read a book in so called dear time, got to read it and follow the party line to get the grades and move on. If you want to teach your child how to read for pleasure, this is not the book to start with.
 
Beware the Black Brothers!  Jul 31, 1998
Gluck is cast as the "poor younger child" of two abusive older brothers. They are all presented with a quest to find the source of the local river, and though the two older brothers fail, the younger brother suceeds because he is pure of heart. It's very classic, metaphorical and I highly recommend it, as it was a fave of mine as a child. I was glad to see it's still in print. Austrian.
 

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