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Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles Book 2) (English Edition) Kindle电子书
‘Wait, wait! Save us! What’ll we do?’
Simon is determined to become a painter when he grows up so he sets off to London to make his fortune. But the city is plagued by wolves and mysterious disappearances. The Twite household, where Simon is lodging, seems particularly shifty. Before he even gets a chance to open his glistening new paints Simon stumbles right into the centre of a plot to kill the King. And worse than that Simon is kidnapped and sent to sea! Luckily there are two friendly stowaways aboard – the feisty Dido Twite and the spoiled young Justin. But when the ship catches fire things look pretty dire. Can they escape? Will they save the king in time?
BACKSTORY: Test your knowledge of Black Hearts in Battersea and play the name game.
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Vibrant cut-paper collages on large spreads framed in navy illustrate this lively cumulative tale that takes place during one hour. At 6:00 a.m., a small boy and his ginger-striped cat are dozing cozily as "the mouse that started it all" nibbles a chocolate-chip cookie in much-too-close proximity to the feline. What ensues is a chase that involves the cat, a dog, and a dogcatcher, all intersecting with the bank burglar whose swag falls into the net of the catcher who, still chasing the other animals, is now pursued by the thief. Enter the police and a vegetable-store owner laden with a box of bananas, and the end is both inevitable and funny. At 7:00 a.m., the cat returns to the still-sleeping boy, where-in a nearly identical spread to the opening pages-it spies- another mouse. A digital display on the side of each left-hand page alerts readers to the passing of time. The useful sequencing possibilities make this spirited romp informative for read-alouds, and the intricate, colorful art and mazelike quality of the story make it compelling as a solo choice, as well. A terrific addition to most picture-book collections.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Another standout from the creators of a line of perennial favorites." --Publishers Weekly, starred
"Even after more than 35 years, [Carle's] style still radiates the same remarkable elemental beauty." --The New York Times Book Review
"Carle's trademark paint and cut-out style and Martin's rhythmic and repetitive text full of animal observations engages little ones and keeps them turning the pages." --San Francisco Chronicle
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Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent his early years in Stuttgart, Germany. His many innovative books have earned him a place in the canon of classic children's literature. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated; he then went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and The Very Quiet Cricket, as well as many other books for children. Mr. Carle works in a studio near his home in western Massachusetts. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B0094EZ87S
- 出版社 : Vintage Digital (2012年9月6日)
- 出版日期 : 2012年9月6日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 3045 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 324页
- > ISBN : 1448155312
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It's been ages since I read the first in the series, "Wolves of Willoughby Chase" - which I may go back and re-read - so I was a little hazy as to the lead characters' origins in that book, but this is classic-caliber kid/teen/young adult literature - of the rare type that's actually edifying to adult readers as well.
Aiken started writing this series in the early '60s but she wrote all of the dialog in the style of the series' setting - early 19th century England - and did so convincingly. Reading this on a Kindle is nice because there are a lot of wonderfully-arcane words and expressions to look up, though some are easy enough to infer without cheating via dictionary.
Like "Wolves" it's a classic good vs. evil plot about nefarious types who are scheming and plotting behind the scenes against good, decent people, setting up a climactic showdown. The drama of "Wolves" took place at an English manor estate and a cruel orphanage; "Battersea" in the thick of London - though this adventure takes you through a shipwreck and marooning, further battles against hordes of ravenous wolves, and some surprising transportation back to the big city. The characters are vividly drawn; heroism abounds, particularly among the children; the setting is palpable enough to make you feel like you're there; and there is no equivocation on ethics.
It's a great tale to read to kids who are very young or are just beginning to read (to demonstrate to them the universe that exists within the pages of books); excellent fare for kids at an age to read it themselves, and a nice historical "cozy"-type read for older "kids" who're not averse to some simple, light nostalgia. 'Looking forward to the next, "Nightbirds on Nantucket."
We are still working through it, but he's enjoying the book. At first, it wasn't grabbing him. We needed to get a few chapters. I think if we'd started with Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which is where Simon is first introduced, he would have understood the beginning better. That said, the book does stand on it's own. Also, the first chapters are self-explanatory and get right into who the characters are. I especially like Dido Twite. She figures prominently in several of Ms. Aiken's later books, but this is where you see her character growth.
Simon the goose boy also improved on acquaintance and the wide canvas of London, slum or otherwise, was engaging enough to discount the further load of highly inedible coincidences (*ANOTHER* flipping lost heir? ANOTHER set of lost brother and sister?) and the ever more implausible consequences of Hanoverian plots. (Sophie keeps wolves out of a hut with a tapestry pinned by wood splinters over the broken door? The Duke of Battersea's balloon can be held still against a roof while half the family embark and disembark, with no sign of moorings that I cd. see? Supposedly ravenous wolves can be beaten off with billiard balls????) Hmmn. Again, having previously had an encounter with a Regency period balloon in Heyer, where it proved an awful lot less tractable and a hell of a lot more plausible, my suspension of disbelief tended to part company with Aiken more often than I liked. Otherwise, it was an entertaining caper, full of eccentrics of high and low class, and an amusing take on alternate history.