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. Volume X Number 11 . . . . January 30, 2004
days of knights and castles, a poor minstrel named Simeon decides
to travel the world in order to become inspired by new places and
the rhythms and voices he hears there. If he is successful in his
quest, he will be able to create songs of his own, thereby attaining
financial security and the confidence to pursue the lovely Sorrel,
a woman of noble birth. On his journey, Simeon is influenced by the
drumbeats of soldiers, the harmonious chants of monks and the flowing
language of a poet he meets. When he arrives in a large city, he is
deluged by a cacophony of sounds - bells and instruments of all kinds
- and becomes overwhelmed and confused. Disillusioned, he trades his
lute for an old canoe and some food and heads for home. Along the
way, he is befriended by a little bird, a fish and a fawn. Every evening,
the harmonies of frogs, crickets and birds inspire him, and, when
at last he returns to his village, the warm welcome he receives from
Sorrel frees the music that has been pent up inside him for so long.
Over the years, Simeon’s fame spreads throughout the land, but
Simeon never forgets the lessons he has learned about the importance
of beauty, nature and kindness.
Beautiful in all aspects- words, illustrations and reading.
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.
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