Come to the Castle: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England
Reading Level: 3-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Flash Point (April 14, 2009)
What to expect: Medieval times, Castles, Rhyme, Humor
Do you have a lord or lady of the house that would enjoy taking a look at what it’s like living in a castle during medieval times? Using good natured humor and rhyme, Linda Ashman gives us a taste of the middle ages from many different perspectives. We hear from the Earl, Steward, Herald, Lady, Cook, Cleaning Servant, Gong Farmer (who has the worst job), Knight, Suitor, Daughter, Jester and Doctor. Each character has a clear voice of their own — you can almost hear it — to tell their story of life as they see it. On the last page Ashman has provided informative descriptions about the roles of each of the above characters. As each character tells his or her story, a lively tale of a 13th-century banquet unfolds. And just as it says in the inside jacket cover, “life in the castle isn’t always as elegant as you might think.”
Some words from the Jester as the banquet begins and excitement sets in … and right before the silverware goes flying:
“The trumpets sound! The guests sit down.
The grand procession starts.
Servants carry platters piled with meat and pies and tarts.”
I found this book very enjoyable. That’s a bonus when you learn something too!
Add this book to your collection: Come to the Castle: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England