Born in Bombay, India, but raised in England from the age of five, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is today best known as the author of such classics of literature as The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902) and Just So Stories (1902). He returned to India in 1882 to become a journalist and local newspaper editor and began writing supernatural stories set in his native continent. Kipling was the first British writer to be award the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1907.
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Rudyard Kipling spent the first half of his life shuttling between India, the country of his birth, and England, where he achieved literary fame. He became the first English recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, two years before he wrote "If—."
Giovanni Manna was born in Florence, Italy, and has made illustrations for more than 80 books for children since 1995. He teaches watercolor at the International School of Illustration in Sarmede and was awarded the Andersen Prize for best Italian illustrator in 2003.
Gr 1–4—A poignant introduction reveals the story behind Kipling's verse, providing a glimpse into the poet's family life. After losing his oldest daughter to a sudden illness, Kipling was inspired to offer this lyrical bit of fatherly advice to his young son, not knowing that just a few years later, the young man would be killed in battle in World War I. The poem begins, "If/ you can keep your head when all about you/Are losing theirs and blaming it on you" and goes on to describe a series of difficult situations the boy may encounter in his life's journey. Kipling hoped his son would take his words to heart; the poem concludes, "Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,/And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!" Manna illustrates each line of the poem in a series of winsome watercolors. A sturdy boy appears hiking beneath a stormy sky, fishing on a mirrorlike lake, or climbing a stony mountain in the softly colored paintings. In one fanciful scenario, he and his elegant white dog stand in a crowd of life-size medieval marionettes, accompanied by the lines "If/you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken/Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools." Charles R. Smith Jr.'s rendition (S. & S.) of Kipling's poem illustrated with sports-related photographs has a modern flair. However, Manna's nostalgic interpretation abounds with an old-fashioned appeal entirely appropriate to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War. This beautifully crafted book will be a fine addition.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
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Descripción Phoenix (an Imprint of The Ori, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111857996658