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The Beatryce Prophecy

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lively fable celebrates friendship, girl (and goat) power.

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A beautiful and timeless tale told in a fairy tale convention about the importance of connection and nurturing others. A curious and big hearted monk finds a strange girl asleep and curled up with a particularly ferocious goat. Beatryce does not know why she is there or from where she came, but she knows her name and that seems to have its own power. As Beatryce connects with an unusual collection of helpful people, she begins to learn more about herself and her part in a promising prophecy. The novel is set in a medieval like time beset by war and violence and several of the characters come to the story through violence. These events are dark and, while not overly graphic, are intended to have impact.

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Kate DiCamillo spins a lively, heart-filled fable of a smart girl in mortal danger and her friends -- a goat, a monk, and an orphan -- who aren't about to let that happen. The Beatryce Prophecy strikes a fine balance between belly laugh (often courtesy of Answelica the goat) and heartstring-tugging (as when kindly Brother Edik ponders life's betrayals), with Sophie Blackall's plentiful black-and-white illustrations enriching the narrative.

Here, Beatryce, embarking on a scary task, ponders her new companion, Jack Dory:

"Jack Dory started to whistle a jaunty song.

"Beatryce looked down at the goat. She said, 'I think he pretends to be happy. I think that deep inside he is sad. Those he loves are dead. He is alone in the world.'

"Answelica looked up at her, listening.

"'I am not afraid,' Beatryce said to the goat. 'I will not be afraid.

"Answelica nodded.

"She bumped her head against Beatryce's leg. Beatryce took hold of her ear.

"'I am not afraid at all,' said Beatryce again."

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