Thursday, May 3, 2012

J.R.R. Tolkien

19517J.R.R. Tolkien
By Alexandra Wallner
Published at Holiday House

About the book

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s novels were strongly influenced by his childhood both in South Africa, where lions prowled and wild beasts roamed, and in the lush English countryside, where he imagined that elves and gnomes dwelled.

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote many stories, studied languages—even inventing one of his own—and fought bravely in World War I. He wrote The Hobbit, a children’s book about a courageous creature with pointed ears and furry feet, which was an instant success. His next book, The Lord of the Rings, made Tolkien, an ordinary man with an extraordinary imagination, one of the world’s most beloved authors. Includes a time line and bibliography.M

My Thoughts

Though this book is geared for children of ages 6 to 10, I find it was a pretty interesting read if you don’t know anything about J.R.R. Tolkien.    I recall reading the French version of the Hobbit when I was in high school but I never read the other books he wrote.   However, when the movies of the trilogy of the ring came out, I had the plan to read the books as well because I know that as fun as Hollywood can make a good movie out of a book there is always more details in the book version of the story.    I haven’t started them yet but I am in the midst of reading The Hobbit in English though and I can’t hardly wait to see the movie when it comes out.

This book debuts with the childhood of J.R.R. Tolkien and finishes with how the ring trilogy got written.    Through the pages of this book, the child (or the parent) will discover the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and the events that marked it.   At the end of the book, you can also observe the timeline of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

It was interesting to learn about the creation of languages as well as the long process it took to write the books that are now so popular.    I am planning to introduce the kids to The Hobbit this summer and hope that they will appreciate the story as much as I do.

If you want your kids to learn more about this great writer, this book will give them a good introduction of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

J.R.R. Tolkien is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes from Thomas Allen. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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