Adam of the Road

Adam of the Road A Newbery Medal WinnerAwarded The John Newbery Medal As The Most Distinguished Contribution To American Literature For Children In The Year Of Its Publication A Road S A Kind Of Holy Thing, Said Roger The Minstrel To His Son, Adam That S Why It S A Good Work To Keep A Road In Repair, Like Giving Alms To The Poor Or Tending The Sick It S Open To The Sun And Wind And Rain It Brings All Kinds Of People And All Parts Of England Together And It S Home To A Minstrel, Even Though He May Happen To Be Sleeping In A Castle And Adam, Though Only Eleven, Was To Remember His Father S Words When His Beloved Dog, Nick, Was Stolen And Roger Had Disappeared And He Found Himself Traveling Alone Along These Same Great Roads, Searching The Fairs And Market Towns For His Father And His DogHere Is A Story Of Thirteenth Century England, So Absorbing And Lively That For All Its Authenticity It Scarcely Seems Historical Although Crammed With Odd Facts And Lore About That Time When Longen Folke To Goon On Pilgrimages, Its Scraps Of Song And Hymn And Jongleur S Tale Of The Period Seem As Newminted And Fresh As The Day They Were Devised, And Adam Is A Real Boy Inside His Gay Striped Surcoat Engaging And Beautifully Written Children S Literature From The Trade Paperback Edition

Elizabeth Gray Vining began her distinguished writing career with children s books because she said they enjoy their books so much, read and re read them which is satisfying to a hard working author Later she began to write for adults as well, and they, too, read and re read her books among the most popular of these books are Windows for the Crown Prince, The Virginia Exiles, Friend of Life, T

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Adam of the Road
  • Elizabeth Gray Vining
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 9780670104352

10 thoughts on “Adam of the Road

  1. says:

    I picked up Adam of the Road at a library sale several months ago for a dollar As a Newbery Award winner in 1943, it was one of those books that I remember seeing frequently during my childhood but had never read And it fits into one of the squares in my 2016 Classics Bingo card, so here we are Adam of the Road is the story of a couple of years in the life of a young boy who is a minstrel in training in England in the late 1200s Adam s father Roger is a quite successful minstrel who has left his eleven year old son at a monk s school for several months, while he went to a minstrel s school in France to learn romantic songs and tales to tell the lords and ladies Adam pines to leave the school and learn to be a minstrel like his father, so he s overjoyed when Roger picks him up and takes him and Adam s dog Nick, a beautiful red spaniel that Adam loves with all his heart on Roger s journey with Sir Edmund, who employs him.It s an enjoyable life for a young boy, and Roger is a loving though slightly flawed father he loses his money and a valuable war horse which was a gift from Sir Edmund in gaming with another minstrel, Jankin Jankin manages to ride the horse lame and, when he meets up with Roger and Adam on the road, decides to surreptitiously trade the horse for Adam s dog Nick Frantically attempting to chase down the dognapper, Adam gets separated from his father, and in trying to find each other, they only get farther apart It made me appreciate cell phones The rest of the book relates Adam s adventures on the road, trying to find both his father and his dog, and to make a living as a minstrel when he can It s a rather episodic tale, as Adam wanders from place to place, meeting new friends and enemies, dealing with robbers and thieves, but also being helped repeatedly by kindhearted people, and learning a few things along the way like not being a braggart.The tale is told simply, on a middle grade level, but the author did her research and various details of life in 1290 s England fill the story It s a little superficial, and we don t get to know any of the characters well except for Adam and his father But it s a good reminder of how different life in general, and expectations about entertainment in particular, were at that time The story is infused with a 1940s kind of sweetness and optimism that is typical of children s lit of that time Those who like nostalgic children s literature may really enjoy it I was a little bored, and I tend to think most kids would be as well, but if you have one who needs to read a book about life in medieval England for whatever reason, you could do worse than Adam of the Road.

  2. says:

    I was so surprised by this book I wasn t planning on liking it so much Adam is such a sweet, likable boy you can t help rooting for him throughout the whole book as he tries to find his father And the adventures he goes through along the way will keep you wondering how it will end.Cleanliness Children s Bad WordsName Calling 3 Incidents cocky, ninny, milk sopsReligious Profanity 7 Incidents my faith, by Saint Simon, by Saint HughViolence NoneRomance Related 6 Incidents She looked, Adam thought, too beautiful and high born for words, standing there in her scarlet gown Adam s heart softened and spread like butter in the sun Now that was the kind of girl he liked A man likes a woman and says, She has the sunset in her hair and blue veins at her wrist, in a dreamy voice A man writes long poems to a lady which he keeps under his bed A boy is scared a women might strip him of his wet clothes right there in the crowded kitchen she doesn t The word breast is used not sexuallyAttitudes Disobedience 4 Incidents Adam soon got Perkin into trouble, Perkin hadn t minded He was rather pleased, after having been so very good and serious for so long It is discovered that a boy stole the food everyone is eating and the townspeople are after them There is a girl that is mean to Adam He doesn t think she is a sheep of God and occupies his time thinking up humiliating accidents for her to fall into, which he would seem turning aside to hide his smile A boy boasts that he can do better and is reprimanded for his attitude.For a full cleanliness report, which includes Conversation Topics, Religious References and Parent Takeaway, visit my website I have hundreds of other detailed reports too, and I also have Clean Guides downloadable PDFs which enable you to clean up your book before reading it Visit my website The Book Radar.

  3. says:

    I loved this book Yes, it started out slow and I didn t understand why Adam called his father Roger but otherwise a very nice book Adam does some growing up and learns about the world The author really did her research on the details I feel that I have really learned somethings about England in the 1200s 1300s and I wasn t even trying.

  4. says:

    A classic that I also read back in 3rd grade All I really remembered was the excellent feel of the book, which makes sense now because that is the main takeaway The plot is take it or leave it, and there are several characters who you would have liked the author to develop , thus why it gets 4 stars But for its portrayal of Medieval England it gets a high rank For example, she works in details such as there was only one coin minted in England at the time, how it was fashionable to swear by one s saint at that time, to portray the mixture of dialects and languages present in England at the time, etc Now, I am no Medievalist, but it seems to be that Gray does an admirable job, especially given that she was a librarian for her day job I believe I really love entering the world of this book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone else.Because this one ends just before 1300, I think it is a good jumping off point to read Chaucer again in translation, I am not that crazy.

  5. says:

    I read this because Katie s on a Newbery kick Although here it says first published in 1973, it was actually from 1942, and it reads as such, but it s a nice little medieval story anyway I found interesting the way Gray describes friendships between males for instance, there s an innocence in the way Adam just earnestly loves his friend Perkin, with the two boys always walking arm in arm, sharing beds and doing anything for each other, that wouldn t as likely be written in that way in the culture of today.

  6. says:

    A pleasure to read aloud This is the kind of excellent writing that engages children including my first grader without any gimmicks or shortcuts Highly recommend.

  7. says:

    that moment when you realized you rated the entirely wrong edition

  8. says:

    The story of a dog and his boyset in medieval England This is a charming little book, if slow moving Adam is the son of Roger the Minstrel While accompanying his father around England, his dog Nick is stolen He sets off in search of his dog, is separated from his father, and has an episodic series of adventures In the Newbery Project, there have been some really horrible books recently I m looking at you Daniel Boone and The Matchlock Gun It s the second Newbery book that I ve read so far in order of publication that I ve enjoyed.

  9. says:

    Fun coming of age story placed Medieval England It gives a good picture of what life was like then and not just for Adam, but for all the other people you meet along the way At times the story and conflict seemed a bit slow And then the conclusion came all of a sudden and resolved very quickly, which I didn t love But it was a fun educational read And it made you proud of Adam, just like his father.

  10. says:

    My son rated this Too much walking

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