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The Good Master


: Kate Seredy

Summary: Kate Seredy draws from her Hungarian upbringing in this story of Jancsi and his spirited cousin Kate, who comes from the city of Budapest to spend the summer with Jancsi's family in the country. Jansci's wise and loving parents train and mold Kate into a more caring and wise child. Learning to help plants grow, to care for animals and pitch in to help with the family work all give Kate a new outlook on life. The family has many good times together including trips to the fair and the circus; traditional Hungarian Easter and Christmas celebrations; a horse roundup and more.  The Singing Tree is the sequel in which the family lives through WWI. By the author of The White Stag and others.  

 Newbery Honor -1936  

Reading Level: ages 9-12

Reviewed by: Derri Smith, 2003

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Despite a few minor glitches, as detailed in the Noteworth Content section,  The Good Master has much to recommend it. It is an interesting and well-written look at life in pre-WWI rural Hungary. The family is warm and loving, the parents are wise and affectionate, the values of fresh air, hard work, and new skills are clear, as well as the joys of life that are far more important and satisfying than money. In addition, The Good Master is beautifully illustrated by the author. Recommended.

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