Selected by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education as one of the 2004 Best Children’s Books for the Year
The late Joan Bodger was known internationally as one of our foremost storytellers. At the heart of her repertoire were the great medieval tales of lords and ladies, treachery, and chivalry. Among these beautiful courtly tales from Europe are the stories of Tristan – young and old – Childe Rowland, Burd Janet, and Iron John.
These are stories that were heard at the long tables of the great halls, stories repeated around modest peat fires in cozy cottages, stories that traveled with the tellers across the seas. Tales of Court and Castle is an irresistible invitation to young readers to discover stories of enduring power.
About the Author
Joan Bodger wrote numerous books for children and was a regular reviewer for the New York Times. In Canada, she helped found the Storytellers School of Toronto, Tales of the Winter Hag is the only audio recording of her stories.
Mark Langlois, D.P.M. writes under the pseudonym Mark Lang. He grew up in Exeter, NH, attending its public school system. He spent many years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic and medic. While attending the University of NH, studying biochemistry, he completed R.O.T.C. He attended Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and complet-ed his residency training at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury, Mass. He currently resides in the NH seacoast area.
“This book is a great purchase for storytellers and lovers of medieval tales alike.”
–Montreal Review of Books
“The stories are all interesting and have many elements that would appeal to young readers…”
“The illustrations are striking… Tales of Court and Castle is recommended for both public and school libraries…”
“The late Joan Bodger’s voice still mesmerizes…. Bodger recreates the flavour of the tales…. Excellent read-alouds.”
–The Toronto Star