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Monica Shannon (1893–1965)

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Værker af Monica Shannon

Dobry (1934) 292 eksemplarer
California Fairy Tales (1926) 18 eksemplarer
More tales from California (1928) 4 eksemplarer
Goose Grass Rhymes 3 eksemplarer
Eyes for the dark 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Eric Carle's Animals Animals (1989) — Bidragyder — 2,191 eksemplarer
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 06: Harvest of Holidays (1900) — Bidragyder — 152 eksemplarer
Poems of Early Childhood (Childcraft) (1923) — Bidragyder — 119 eksemplarer
Told Under the Christmas Tree (1941) — Bidragyder — 81 eksemplarer
The Big Vacation Book for Girls — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver2 eksemplarer

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This seemed to be about a normal kid in Bulgaria, with some charm in the story-telling, but took some mildly confusing directions (see: gypsy bear massaging). Overall, even with the amusing things, it struck me as kind of boring, and my interest kept drifting off. To help out anyone who is reluctant to read this book, I would advise:
-Read the beginning to get a taste of the family warm fuzzies the book offers.
-Continue reading until the gypsies, to get a taste of the "wah-huh?" the book offers.
-And then, here's the rest, to save you any worries: Dobry says, "I don't want to be a farmer. I like art!" Family says, “Huh? Oh. Alrighty then.” End.
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Allyoopsi | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 22, 2022 |
So many Newbery Medal winners from this time period are designed to try and expose child readers to other cultures, in this case the peasant and gypsy culture of the Balkans, but the story, today, drags, and has no real denouement, unless it is the arrival of the long-awaited gypsy bear relatively early in the book. Full of stories within stories told by the beloved grandfather meant to impart morality and wisdom to the cheerful, successful lead character Dobry, who we sort of watch grow up with few real challenges. Would not recommend this for current public or school library collections. Unlikely to be read or enjoyed by modern-day children.… (mere)
GReader28 | 4 andre anmeldelser | May 30, 2016 |
I am beginning to think my quest to read all the Newbery winners is a colossal waste of time. I'm not sure if children were really boring in 1934, or easier to please than today's children, or if the Newbery committee just did an awful job choosing the books back then, but this book was so boring. It is about a young boy living in Bulgaria and his daily life.

Maybe it was not acceptable back then to write books about the real challenges kids face, or to have complex characters, or to make kids really think or feel something, because it seems all the early Newbery winners are that way. I guess it is similar to all those black and white tv shows that didn't necessarily address what the real world was like.

It makes me wonder if the changing Newbery choices reflect actual cultural shifts, or if it has merely become more acceptable to talk about the dark underbelly that has always been there.

Thankfully this is the lowest rates Newbery on goodreads, so hopefully they will be better from here on out.
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klburnside | 4 andre anmeldelser | Aug 11, 2015 |
Filled with simple yet strong illustrations, this tale of a Bulgarian peasant boy has the same feel to it - strong and yet simple. Village life for Dobry revolves around the traditions that mark the passing of the seasons - planting, caring for the animals, the arrival of the gypsies, the religious celebrations. The story of Dobry's growing artistic ability is told as a natural recognition of who he is. I find myself wondering if this tale can be at all a reflection of how life really ever was in Bulgaria. It would be nice to think so.… (mere)
tjsjohanna | 4 andre anmeldelser | Apr 3, 2011 |



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