To Hell with Dying by Alice WalkerIf I were to rate this book purely by the enjoyment it brought to my children as a read-aloud, I might rate it higher. I found it a bit of a marathon to read to them, but they were with me for every word. The story somehow touches something inside them; it resonates. Perhaps its the theme of death, touched with love and compassion, that draws them in so well. The story is well-told, and the characters are very real. It must be read with feeling and sensitivity, especially the refrain: To hell with dying man! These children want Mr. Sweet! The central character, Mr. Sweet, is a tragic man with a kind and gentle soul, and his life is shared so kindly with the books first-person child who loves him. Definitely recommended for children of upper-preschool age, or older for that matter.
French the natural way: les fables
December 30, By Emmanuelle Tremolet. Jean de la Fontaine Copyright All rights reserved by blogpontolit on Flickr. This article is in English. Click here to read it in French. It now occupies a prominent place in the French cultural heritage and some precepts of the fables are even part of conventional wisdom.
Different cultures have different common experiences and stories that outsiders can only learn by being exposed to them! - At one point they do feel overwhelmed.
Jean de La Fontaine , born July 8? La Fontaine was born in the Champagne region into a bourgeois family. From to he held office as an inspector of forests and waterways, an office inherited from his father. It was in Paris , however, that he made his most important contacts and spent his most productive years as a writer. An outstanding feature of his existence was his ability to attract the goodwill of patrons prepared to relieve him of the responsibility of providing for his livelihood.
Jean de La Fontaine collected fables from a wide variety of sources, both Western and Eastern, and adapted them into French free verse. They were issued under the general title of Fables in several volumes from to and are considered classics of French literature. Humorous, nuanced and ironical, they were originally aimed at adults but then entered the educational system and were required learning for school children. Divided into 12 books, there are of the Fables , varying in length from a few lines to some hundred, those written later being as a rule longer than those written earlier. The first collection of Fables Choisies had appeared March 31, , dividing fables into six books over its two volumes. By this time, La Fontaine was 47 and known to readers chiefly as the author of Contes , lively stories in verse, grazing and sometimes transgressing the bounds of contemporary moral standards.
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