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Telling Tales in Latin: A New Latin Course and Storybook for Children


Telling Tales in Latin: A New Latin Course and Storybook for Children

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    Lorna Robinson(Author) Soham De(Illustrator)
Telling Tales in Latin teaches Latin through the magic of storytelling. Narrated by the chatty and imaginative Roman poet Ovid (who lived in the Rome of the first century B.C), this new course takes young learners on a journey through some of the tales from Ovid s Metamorphoses. Along the way, they pick up Latin words and grammar, explore the connections between Latin and English and discover how Ovid's stories still speak to us today.Each chapter introduces one of Ovid s much-loved stories, encouraging children to begin reading Latin immediately while exploring the literary and mythic context of the stories. At the end of each chapter there are suggested activities to help learners to think about what they have just read, and to understand how the stories connect to ideas and issues that are still relevant today, from relationships with others and philosophy, to science and caring for the planet.Soham De s illustrations bring Ovid s stories alive for a wide range of learners and make learning Latin a colourful journey of discovery. Telling Tales in Latin outlines how Latin is the basis for English grammar, unlocking the complexities of learning English (and other languages) along the way. It also contains the vocabulary and grammar needed for the OCR Entry Level Latin qualification, making this book the ideal first introduction to Latin.

Lorna Robinson has a doctorate in Classics from University College London and is the director of the Iris Project, which promotes the study of Classics in state schools.

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  • By Ramtamgee on 2 July 2015

    Obviously I'd read about the unbelievable howler in the print edition, whereby the noun 'currus' is listed as 2nd declension. I thought perhaps I could enjoy the digital version unperturbed. But no, incredibly poor 'currus' (chariot) is given in the vocabulary at the back as a 2nd declension noun, as it is in the book when it is introduced. I am wondering what conceivable reason there can be not to have corrected the Kindle edition.The illustrations are excellent, but there are far too many unnecessary exclamation marks! Like that one!

  • By Emily Matters on 28 October 2013

    At first glance this book is every Latin teacher's dream - introduce the language through fascinating myths! But on closer inspection, one finds so many elementary errors in the language that the book is useless for beginners. The fourth declension noun CURRUS is even given as the paradigm noun for the second declension, complete with wrong endings. How this ever got past the reviewers is amazing! I recommend an urgent revision by someone who knows basic Latin and then the imaginative basis for the book can be allowed to go ahead.

  • By Richard I Urwin on 9 October 2013

    This may be a very good book. It probably is. But it is impossible to use on Kindle.Each section begins with a section of latin text which it constantly refers back to. There are also tables of words to be referred to. With a paper book this would just be a matter of keeping a finger on the relevant page, but with Kindle that is impossible.

  • By Rev. B. A. Huntley on 21 October 2013

    I thought it too complicated for children to learn from. Large vocabulary. I already know some Latin and I struggled with it.

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  • By Victor on 10 July 2013

    'Telling Tales in Latin' by Lorna Robinson is a new and exciting Latin course published by Souvenir Press. The Roman poet Ovid serves as the storyteller and his chatty, lively style will appeal to students of all ages from the outset.A selection of mythological stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses forms the basis of the Latin text. The grammatical material and vocabulary cover the requirements of the OCR Entry Level qualification in Latin, making this course the only one which currently caters for this prescription.From Chapter 1, students are encouraged to see and also to work out for themselves the connections between Latin and English derivatives, some of which will prove to be rather thought provoking, but will help to extend pupils' knowledge and understanding of English vocabulary.Each chapter follows a similar format, namely a brief introduction, the myth itself with helpful vocabulary, a clear explanation of the new grammatical point being studied and excellent suggestions for further activities.Pupils are introduced to the most important areas of Latin grammar so that they can see how the structure of the language works. Verb tenses which are covered include the Present, Imperfect and Perfect with clear definitions of each. The four conjugations, termed 'groups', with their infinitives, are outlined. If any form of a Perfect tense verb is different, it appears each time in the vocabulary. Two very common irregular verbs (sum and possum) in the Present tense only are given, which Ovid calls 'wild verbs'. Nouns (Masculine, Feminine and Neuter) in the first three declensions are given which are again referred to as 'groups' with explanations of subject and object rather than the use of Nominative and Accusative, although the term the 'Dative' is actually used and explained and reference is also made to it being the indirect object in the clause. The agreement of adjectives is covered as are question words including - ne. Imperatives, prepositional uses, phrases of time and superlatives are all glossed in the vocabulary. Every grammatical structure is explained in a concise and lucid way in Ovid's inimitable style.The book contains superb colourful illustrations either on every page or double page by Soham De which will help to enhance the students' appreciation and enjoyment of each mythological tale.The 'Activities' section at the end of all the chapters will provide students and teachers alike with a wealth of opportunities to explore the appeal of mythology in many different ways. Suggestions cover such areas as thinking about how myths might contain morals, personal responses, creative writing, drama activities, artwork and illustrations and reasons why the theme of metamorphosis has captured the imaginations of artists, sculptors and writers. Readers are encouraged to consider the enduring appeal of these tales and how they can relate to important modern ideas including relationships with other people and looking after the planet. Teachers will easily be able to develop cross-curricular links with many other subjects.There are some errors which need to be corrected before the next print, the most serious being 'currus' termed a group 2 noun on page 63, but these can easily be remedied and will not detract from the reader's enjoyment of the text.'Telling Tales in Latin' will delight all who read it both visually and from its rich selection of tales. This little book focuses excellently on the importance of literacy and language and makes it a superb and stimulating introduction to learning Latin. Students will be inspired to explore more of Ovid's stories and their enjoyment of Latin will be increased greatly. It is one of the best Latin course books currently available and will undoubtedly prove to be a great success, particularly with younger children. Congratulations to Lorna Robinson who has produced a real masterpiece, which brings the subject to life.

  • By Guest on 18 October 2016

    Very fast delivery and good quality! I recommend you to everybody!

  • By Geraldine on 21 June 2015

    Nice book but the print is too small.It is such a pity that the publishers didn't make it A4 size.I only just bought this book and it looks well written and illustrated however, the print is uncomfortable.

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