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  • Title: Shadow of a Bull
  • Author: Maia Wojciechowska
  • ISBN: 9781416948308
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Manolo Olivar was the son of his father Which may not seem like a necessary thing to say But in Manolo s case it is For his father had been Juan Olivar, the greatest bullfighter in all Spain And Manolo was his son in two special ways one, he looked just like his father and two, everyone expected that he, Manolo Olivar, would repeat the success of his father, would beManolo Olivar was the son of his father Which may not seem like a necessary thing to say But in Manolo s case it is For his father had been Juan Olivar, the greatest bullfighter in all Spain And Manolo was his son in two special ways one, he looked just like his father and two, everyone expected that he, Manolo Olivar, would repeat the success of his father, would be just what his father had been a fighter of bulls and a killer of death.
    Shadow of a Bull Manolo Olivar was the son of his father Which may not seem like a necessary thing to say But in Manolo s case it is For his father had been Juan Olivar the greatest bullfighter in all Spain And Manol

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    1. This review contains spoilers This book is really, really good I usually spend a good amount of time during these reviews going back and forth on why or why not the title we re discussing is or isn t Newbery worthy I m not going to do that this time There s no question that Shadow of a Bull is distinguished and award worthy I love how compact the story is It s a novel about growing up, becoming a man, facing fears and finding identity all packed into 150 pages There s plenty in there about fight [...]

    2. Shadow Of A Bull is a well written Newbery Medal winner The book was recommended by a teacher who had read it to her class I enjoyed Maia Wojciechowska s writing style The town, suddenly, like a spring gushing from under a rock, flowed into song The guitars began a race the tambourines of the gypsies joined in and the castanets, like a million clattering hoofs, lent their beat p 60 They listened to the quarrels that erupted like brush fires and died as suddenly as they started p 61 I had to forc [...]

    3. Learned a lot about bull fighting but it reads a little like a textbook in the first half in that you have to keep flipping to the glossary at the back for an explanation of italicized terms Throughout the book the author glorified the artistry of bull fighting without addressing the downside when bullfighting began to develop in Spain, it was a pastime for the noblemen only Through careful breeding, the bulls developed their extraordinary bravery which is completely lacking in all species of bu [...]

    4. Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska takes place in the province of Andalusia, southern Spain, which is characterized by majestic mountains, lacey olive groves, the round symmetry of the bullrings, and the pointed church steeples Manolo Oliver is the son of the greatest matador in Spain, Juan Oliver, who was killed by a bull and is expected to someday follow in his fathers footsteps but there is one problem Manolo does not want to be a bullfighter and is afraid of bulls Unfortunately for Manol [...]

    5. My opinion about the story was good because it has a lot of surprises and it was also very entertaining What I have learned in this story is that you can t live up with expectations of other people.You have to know what you want in your life and do the best you can in order for you to fulfil your dreams and ambitions in life however knowing what you want is not easy you need to have a strong determination to be successful In order for you to be successful you have to give it a try to do somethin [...]

    6. I would recommend this book to someone that was interested in heritage of spanish bullfighting It was very moving about a boy and his fathers death and the love they had A male audience young and old would like this book The title is appropriate but can be misleading in a way that you may think that the main character may be a bull I felt sorrow for the main character to find strength because he had to struggle between what he felt in his heart and what his family felt was right for him I felt i [...]

    7. I read this book when I was younger and loved it The main point of the book was that there was a boy who was expected to follow in his father s footsteps as a bullfighter but he s afraid of bulls and doesn t want to fight them This book is a great way to show kids that they don t have to do what others expect of them to do and that they should always do what their heart tells them to do This book also gave a lot of Spanish culture which will introduce kids to other cultures which they may not be [...]

    8. Only three discs long on audio book So very, very good It s recommended for 10 and older I m not sure if it is because it describes a bull fight and that might be considered too intense for younger readers listeners or if because some of the subtleties of the story might be lost on younger kids In either case, it is an excellent book, well deserving of the Newbery I highly recommend this one.

    9. Fantastic This is another book about a boy who fears he is a great coward and rises above his fears I think I loved this book even that others in this genre because he didn t do what I expected and I think what he did do showed even courage You cannot confuse bravery and courage with lack of fear Real courage, true bravery, is doing things in spite of fear, knowing fear.

    10. Upon reflection, I decided to bump this up to 4 stars.Overall it was an interesting book because it showed the life of a bullfighter.You can tell that Wojciechowska knows all there is to know on bullfighting and she incorporates it into the story very well With the added glossary I never felt lost or confused and ended up learning a lot of how the practice of bullfighting works.The story focuses on a young boy who s father was a incredibly famous bullfighter in his town He was so popular that th [...]

    11. Andrew ZerbyForm I Orange Core Reading3 25 15 In Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska, the author s main message is that a person does not have to be what everyone else expects them to be The reader comes to understand about human nature is that it is hard for a person to resist being what everybody expects them to be This book take place in the small town of Arcangel I dont know if it exists even though i looked on the internet in Andalucia, Spain The main character is Manolo Olivar, a boy wh [...]

    12. Shadow Of A bull was a very interesting book In the book it shows examples of honesty and other life principles I recommend it to everyone

    13. The Birth of a Toreador At the young age of 12 Manolo Olivar is battling his private demons he Knows he is not brave that he lacks the courage, skill and AFICION to face down bulls the way his famous, dead, father, Juan Olivar, did with bravado The region of Andalusia in Spain, near the Guadalquivir River, boasts having bestowed a famous bullfighter on all Spain But his father s famous destiny was prophesied at his birth by an old gypsy woman the man, who died at 22, barely had time to be a husb [...]

    14. I liked this book because it was very entertaining and it was all about decisions and identity.For example, the town of Arcangel idolized and loved Manolo s father Juan Olivar.This is evident when townspeople are having a conversation and saying, His was the longest nose in Spain Why shouldn t it have been He was the bravest.And in a torero a long nose means bravery, 4 This shows that the people of Arcangel loved Juan Olivar as a bullfighter and they admired him in death as much as in life.Admir [...]

    15. Shadow of a Bullby Maya Wojciechowska, 1964Cara W Spring 2015 Shadow of a Bullis the story of the child of a matador who was killed by a bull in Spain The main character Manolo is expected to become a bullfighter himself being a famous bullfighter s son but does not have any interest while his friend Juan does but nobody is giving him a chance The story follows Manolo on his way on finding himself and what he wants He continually is asking himself what is important to him and he wonders what his [...]

    16. This woman with the most Polish name I have ever known submerges us completely into the masculine culture of Spain and the toreo, the art of bullfighting Maia Wojciechowska also makes us feel the emotional suffering that Manolo, the young hero of the story, felt each year until he was eleven because he believed he was a coward, and not worthy to be his dead father s son Manolo did not have aficion for bullfighting as his heroic father had, and the author made me grieve and worry for this extrem [...]

    17. I loved this book Is about a boy growing up in a small town in Spain His father was a famous bullfighter who the town reveres in death as they did during his life It is their fervent hope that the boy in the story will grow up to be the next great bullfighter in the town They treat him like a celebrity and take care of his Mom and him They loved his father so much that EVERY person in the town lined up, carried a brick to the center of town, and one by one laid them down until they built a museu [...]

    18. 50 1965 Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska Atheneum 7 3 2013 155 pages Manolo is the son of a famous bullfighter who died fighting a bull when Manolo was only 3 Ever since, his village has looked forward to the day when Manolo can take his father s place in the bull ring Manolo is conflicted about the plan He discovers that his best friend s brother wants to do the very thing that he does not really want to do In the end, he is able to make the best decision for himself It was indeed a perfe [...]

    19. The book Shadow of a Bull was good because you meet a kid from Spain named Manolo that is 13 or so, he also looks like his father at a very young age Whose father is a professional bull fighter, but when a horrible thing happened that one day Manolo s father dies to a horn in the gut or something Then you also learn how the son of a bull fighter has to go threw to live up to his father s name Also he has to fulfill he s destiny to become a professional bullfighter like his father was So Manolo h [...]

    20. I was not thrilled to read the explicit descriptions of what occurs in a bull fight However, it was a valuable read to come to a better cultural idea of what is behind this practice The story is a wonderful example to young readers of the necessity of being brave enough to be yourself and not what others expect you to be Here is the central message of the book and my favorite passage The fate of a brave animal should never be anything but a noble death after a noble fight But it is not the same [...]

    21. BULLFIGHTING is the setting of this book, but not the topic The topic is a rich, nuanced look at patrimony, heritage, honor, courage, and your duty to community expectations Wojciechowska is not concerned with debating ethics and animal cruelty she is only interested in bullfighting as a backdrop to her story about a boy s decision on how to be brave and how to spend his life.That being said, this book is a wealth of information about the art and culture of bullfighting If you are disgusted by d [...]

    22. Shadow if a Bull tells the story of a young boy who is the son of a famous bullfighter Everyone in his town expects him to follow in his father s footsteps He has no memory of his father since he was very small when his father was killed in a bullfight I liked this story and felt that it really gave an excellent lesson in the bullfighting However, I only gave it two stars because I felt that it was not very well written for the intended age It was a Newbery winner, but it is very dry for a juven [...]

    23. This one s the tale of a matador in the making Manolo Olivar is nine years old, the son of a famous bullfighter who was killed when Manolo was three Everybody in his town is expecting him to follow in his father s footsteps, to bring glory back to his community A group of bullfighting experts take him under their collective wing and start preparing him for his first match, to be held when he s twelve just like his father The question is, does Manolo want to be like his father To the book s credi [...]

    24. Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska has always seemed to be one of the least popular Newbery Winners, and so I ve not been in a rush to read it I enjoyed the book thoroughly, though, finding it to be a satisfying and meaningful story Shadow of a Bull is about Manolo Manolo s father was the greatest bullfighter in Spain, though he died tragically young His whole community expects Manolo, as he reaches the age of twelve, to step into his father s shoes and fight a bull Manolo, however, is not s [...]

    25. About what I would expect from a Newbery of this era male protagonist from a European underclass, rich cultural descriptions with lots of history and landscape details, internal conflict, very little plot It was definitely readable But I can t imagine expecting many readers to embrace it And while the bull was viewed sympathetically and the brutality of the sport was a central theme of the story, the morality of blood sport was never really questioned, just the protagonist s participation in it [...]

    26. In this book that really doesn t deserve a Newbery, a young man prepares to became a bullfighter like like famous but deceased father The book deals with Manolo s internal dialog about his conflicted feelings how he is afraid of fighting bulls, disgusted by the thought of killing bulls, but even afraid of disappointing the men who venerate his father and have been waiting for young Manolo to grow up and inherit his father s position.I m pretty sure that the horrendous spectacle of bullfighting [...]

    27. Manolo s father is the most famed matador bullfighter in all of Spain When he is killed during one of his matches, it is up to the young child to live up to his father s legacy However, Manolo has no taste for the sport He is not only afraid to face the powerful animals that are capable of killing a man, even one as brave as his father, the idea of having to kill the animals in the name of sport repels him Thus ensues a struggle between a young man and a destiny which he seems unwittingly thrust [...]

    28. A book about bullfighting seems like the last book I would want to read, but Shadow of a Bull is not just a book about bullfighting Shadow of a Bull is a rich book about the trials of being the son of a hero, a book about the struggles of a boy trying to find his own way in a world that is attempting to force him to take a path the boy does not want to take Manolo is the son of a magnificent bullfighter When Manolo s father is killed in the ring, the people look to Manolo to become the man his f [...]

    29. A book about bullfighting seems like the last book I would want to read, but Shadow of a Bull is not just a book about bullfighting Shadow of a Bull is a rich book about the trials of being the son of a hero, a book about the struggles of a boy trying to find his own way in a world that is attempting to force him to take a path the boy does not want to take Manolo is the son of a magnificent bullfighter When Manolo s father is killed in the ring, the people look to Manolo to become the man his f [...]

    30. I do recommend this book if you would like to learn some Spanish culture about bullfighting A reason I would recommend this book to someone are because Maja Wojciechowska uses a real life situtaion Manolo,which is the main character, faces some tough decisons in life Since his father, the great Juan Olivar, was an very skilled and loved bullfighter everyone expects him to be the same He feels like he is a coward for several reasons One being that he cannot bare to kill an animal When he starts t [...]

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