Till Year's Good End: A Calendar of Medieval Labors

by W. Nikola-Lisa and Christopher Manson

"July - Thick rows of peas I hoe and weed. Vile brine I boil for salt I need." This... read more

"July - Thick rows of peas I hoe and weed. Vile brine I boil for salt I need." This and similar verses open each double page spread on which a full color pen-and-ink illustration shows typical tenant farmer life. A short explanation of the hard labor of rural men and women during each particular season accompanies each double page spread. Inspired by the Books of Hours so popular during the Middle Ages, the author and illustrator have labored to create the feeling of a similarly illustrated calendar. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997

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