All parent member reviews for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

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Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written bypeony April 9, 2008

Outstanding! A moving spectrum of medieval life, including harsh realities

The short dramatic monologues format makes for a vivid view of a spectrum of children in a medieval village. Short and captivating, yet educational too. A compassionate, moving treatment of many topics I would usually consider too "rough" for younger readers, but this is so well-done and so accessible that it's worthwhile -- just be prepared for some discussion with readers who are on the younger side (8-10) of the recommended age range, or more sensitive. (In addition to the content points mentioned in the CSM review, there are also some earthy parts: mention of pain/fear of childbirth; a girl assists in lambing. Also, a discussion of cheating-as-a-business-style by the miller.) Recommend for ages 8+ with discussion; otherwise 10+.
Adult Written byFlyingbull April 9, 2008
Adult Written byLayneE September 20, 2010

'Tis great!

Excellent to use for a classroom! What a way to introduce poetry without overwhelming students! Have students act out each, talk about history, and enjoy the vocabulary!
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Adult Written byBookMama April 9, 2008
ZZZZ. More like a coffee table book, or a text book, than a story. Can't see kids reading this on their own. Lovely illustrations though.
Educator Written byMr.J May 26, 2010

Boring book for adults - lack of interest with kids

This is one of the worst books I have read. The fact it is a Newberry winner makes it worse. While the author used catchy prose to help us understand the lives or everyday Medieval culture, the book is boring and not very interesting. This is one of those books Commonsense Media would say appeals to adults but most likely, not children.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking