A Young Adult Book that introduces readers to the story of Baucis and Philemon and the Latin Language
A Walk With Ovid
By Jennifer F. Knapp
Publisher: JFK Online Studios, LLC
Published: July 1, 2003
This wonderfully illustrated and written books tells the story of Ovid, a black pug, and his friend Lillian. They meet a boy who helps them and realize the meaning of Baucis and Philemon, a Latin poem, still has meaning today.
Ovid is name after Publius Ovidius Naso, who wrote poems in 43 B.C. to 18 A.D. which make up the The Metamorphoses. There are 15 books within The Metamorphoses that tell 100 different myths, including "The Story of Baucis and Philemon."
As old as these stories are, Ovid Pugnacious realizes during a walk with Lillian that the lessons taught in this poem are still apparent, even in todays times. While on their daily walk, Lillian and Ovid get stuck in the rain. A boy shelters them from the storm and offers the dog a biscuit, showing them great compassion. Ovid wants to return the favor, but upon returning to the boys home, they realize that his wish has already been granted.
Although the story line is a great one, the book really teaches a lesson, just like the Latin Poet used to do. There are Latin texts within the book, that are translated within the appendix. I studied Latin in school and rarely ever get to utilize this knowledge, but was very pleased with the text and the translation. This is a wonderful story and book for any child to read or parent to read to the child. I have shared this book with my children and they now want an Ovid of their own.
This amazing book is available from the Publisher, JFK Online Studios, and is also available from Amazon.com
About the Author
Jennifer F. Knapp, author and illustrator of "A Walk with Ovid," lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with Ovid, her 5-year-old black Pug, her husband, and his dog, Morgan. Jennifer will release the second in her series of Canine Classics, "The Princess and the Pig," in 2005, which will star both Morgan and Ovid.
Jennifer was born in Vermont, and studied Secondary Education at the University of Vermont in the early '90s, with a major in Latin and minor in English.
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