Trumpeter of krakow

February 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm (book review, books, library) (, , )

As of today I am starting a course on the Newbery Medal. For some reason I can’t get into my class on-line. Frustrating . So First impressions of the first book I read for class go here: Assignment read a newbery that was awarded in the 20s. I read the Trumpeter of Krakow. It was interesting , had a number of action scenes,and although it was written as an historical novel, it has a lot of fantasy elements ( alchemy , magic , mystical jewel). The opening scene was really well written, , beautiful in the tragic sense. Actually, all the descriptions were very vivid. Much more so than a more modern book. however, I also felt like I was being lectured — this is what it was like in Krakow 1492. Not quite ‘dear reader’ , but similar. If I was going to try and recommend it to a kid — good reader, 6th grade and up, maybe some one that has an interest in music, fantasy, Poland, or History. Not sure that I would go out of my way to find readers for it. I can’t see kids really loving it. but then again — we often have to recommend books set in medieval times for kids — and unlike Cathrine called Birdy – our hero seems to have choices to make. Now I  supose  I should read  some of the articles  I need  for class….


  1. Kari said,

    I remember reading that book as a kid. More from the title than the book contents. I can’t remember how old I was either but I was in grade school.

  2. egb63 said,

    did you like it?

  3. Kari said,

    I think I did, but probably from the mix of historical-fantasy since I like that now.

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