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I was sorry to see so many bad reviews of this book - it's really a lovely story of the re-Christianizing of England after the reign of the Romans has long since been over (c. 597). Wolf, an English boy born and bred, travels with his father from their home in Rome, Italy along with a convoy of monks and the great Prior Augustine to spread the good news of salvation to Wolf's own long-begotten homeland (where his family were taken from as captives years ago).. New adventures await him and his fa...
I read this for school and hated it. It was boring beyond all belief. The characters were horrible. I could not have cared less if Wolf and his crush died. Half, or more, of the book seemed to consist of Wolf mooning over Fritha. Augustine comes to Kent and that is basically his only role in this book. There is certainly nothing bad in this book; unless you count horrible characters and writing. Blah. Never again.
This is a fabulous Christian/Catholic book I would recommend to ages 9+, with minor violence and minor romance. It's a positive book, but really draws you in! It's also educationally worth the read. Positive messages: Christianity, loyalty, love, faith Positive role models: St. Augustine of Canterbury, a holy queen, a hardworking farmer who leaves his farm to follow St. Augustine, a hardworking boy Educational value: It's set in Medieval Times and fairly accurate with St. Augustine of Canterb...
no one should have to read this book (unless it is for school) oh andElevetha Houre you are absolutely right
Wolf, a young boy raised in Rome, accompanies his father back to their homeland of Britain along with Fr. Augustine in order to re-evangalize Britain. We follow the work of these early missionaries in the 4th Century A.D. and look at how St. Augustine influenced the growth of the Christian church. While the audience of this book is middle grade readers, the language is very sophisticated at times, and more reluctant readers may have a harder time reading this story on their own. I do think it's
I haven't read all of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth series, but I'm pretty sure this book addresses aspects of early British history that she doesn't cover in that series. The first three books of that series give a good background for understanding something about the Roman occupation of Britain. ETA: I now see that Sutcliff has another separate book Dawn Wind that covers this (I even own it....).Willard's book has exiled Britons in Rome traveling back to Britain as part of a papal...
Worst book i've ever read. So little happens it could have been half a page.
A young boy who was captured and sold into slavery in Rome is freed and sent back on a mission with (now saint) Augustine. He falls in love and travels with his father, who finds his old tribe and brings about the beginning of their conversion. The story of Saint Augustine himself is tangential to the story of Wolf, but students will learn about him and about England during this time period.
this book is really boring
NEVER AGAIN. Terribly boring. Not very good writing or characters. Frankly, I don't know if I ever want to read another Barbara Willard book again.
10YO wanted to give it 3.5 stars :)
I loved this book so much I bought it after the first reading and read it again. Well-done historical fiction of Augustine's establishment of Canterbury. Well-written and not written down to children, which might be the reason so many found it "boring." It does require some education to understand it--a beautiful story, but there are some tough subjects (people die frequently in the Middle Ages) which makes it more a more typical read for teens than most younger ones. I read it aloud to my 9 and...
I recently had to finish reading this for school and I hated it, most of it I just skimmed through because it was so boring. First of all, there is hardly anything interesting happening in this whole book, all it is is Wolf having a little crush on Fritha, Augustine doing some masses, and that's pretty much it. Second, the description is really bad, making it hard to even imagine anything that is going on. I DO NOT recommend this unless you like books that have little to no acceleration in excit...
I liked this book beacause it was a really fun way to learn about history. When I first read the title I was said, " Do I have to read this?'' But after finishing the book I am glad I read it. It had a bit of romance, a bit of daring adventure, and a moral. I would definitely recommend this book to people looking for a fun history book! Naomi Cuthbertson
Characters were not engaging and the writing was lifeless. Had I remembered that this author also wrote Son of Charlemagne (which I read in my early teens and still remember how much I disliked it) I would have skipped this one as a read aloud for church history. Augustine is barely mentioned, and the whole plot felt forced. My 9 year old seemed to enjoy it more the nearer we got towards the end.
Set at the time Pope Gregory I sent Augustine to England, Augustine Came to Kent is the story of the first Archbishop of Canterbury through the eyes of a boy. It tells of Augustine preaching, baptizing King Ethelbert, and on through the end of Augustine’s life. It’s a gentle story with excellent pacing. I recommend it for kids studying medieval England.
I read this to my three as part of our history. It was helpful for making a certain time period come to life as well as learn about Augustine and the re-Christianization of Britain. Overall, a sweet story with realistic characters.
I'm writing a review for this book even though I never finished it. This book isn't good. The plot is really slow and there's basically no action. The characters are boring. I don't recommend this book to anyone, especially to people who like action filled books.
I read this book as a school assignment, and I actually really enjoyed it! Although I would probably never buy or read this in my free time, I think it was pretty decent! If you really want a book to read and you can't find any other good books, I think this one is great, especially for school!
This was better as a historical fiction story giving a glimpse into early British history than as a work of literature. Read aloud for Middle Ages history cycle. Some of the kids liked it better than others. Good enough to read again next time we do MA.
Hard to find children's books that take place in this kind of time and setting; as a Protestant, I might have wished things were presented a little differently, but nothing major
I just remember HATING this book as a kid. Not entirely sure why.
Good. Liked how he got married to Fritha
This is a story about a young boy and his father travelling to England with Augustine on the mission to bring Christianity to the island about 600 ad.
This was a great book to read aloud with my daughters for our history this year: Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries! :)
I read this out loud to my kiddo as part of her school lessons. It depicts a rich visual of early Christian evangelism in Britain during the reign of King Ethelbert in Kent (not to be confused with the Saxon King Ethelbert who ruled over Wessex 860 AD). Augustine (of Canterbury - NOT to be confused with Augustine of Hippo who wrote Confessions and City of God) was sent on behalf of the Pope (Gregory) from Rome to bring Christ to the pagans. It's an interesting read, rich in what the world must h...
I found this story of St. Augustine of Kent and the Benedictine monks bringing the Christian message back to Britain after the Roman Empire pulled out well done and captivating. St. Martins Church in Canterbury, their first home and the ruins of the monastery they founded are still there. The fictional story of the Angle captives, freed by Pope St. Gregory (based on historical fact), who accompanied them gives the story interest and context, especially for younger readers. I've enjoyed all histo...
I would never have picked up this book on my own accord as I am generally not a fan of books set in the Middle Ages (...not to mention the bland cover art). It was an assigned text for my 4th grade daughter's literature class. Certainly not exciting, the book hovers close to "boring." That being said, it does offer a somewhat historical look into the lives of monks, missionaries, and ordinary lay people in the 500s (AD). RE-READ September 2021: Same as above, however I appreciated it more this t...
This was a very enjoyable book. I didn't realize when I acquired it that it is a book for older children. It has whetted my interest in learning more about this period when Christianity had a faded in the British Isles and was reintroduced by missionaries from Rome.I am rereading this book. Renewed interest in subject of early British isles Christianity and I enjoyed it before.
This book took about a chapter or two to to get into, but proved to be a very enjoyable and interesting story detailing, through the eyes of a young Englishman-turned-Roman, the missionary endeavors of Saint Augustine of Canterbury.