The Apple and the Arrow

The Apple and the Arrow

by Mary Buff, Conrad Buff


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The year is 1291, and Walter is the twelve-year-old son of William Tell, the greatest bowman in the land of Uri. Walter lives happily in the remote heights of the Alpine Mountains, caring for his family’s goat herd and practicing his marksmanship in the hopes of making his father proud. But as the end of the year approaches, Walter’s peaceful life is shaken as his country enters a revolution, and Walter must carry a secret that could threaten the life of the father he loves so dearly.
More than seven hundred years have passed since the day Walter stood in the marketplace balancing an apple on his head while the Austrian tyrant Gessler commanded Walter’s father, William Tell, to take aim at the apple with his great crossbow. The dramatic tale of William’s arrest and escape and the daring revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians has become a legend around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618128099
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 08/27/2001
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 376,906
Product dimensions: 7.62(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

The husband-wife team of Conrad and Mary Buff wrote and illustrated many books for children, including several runners-up for the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, in the mid-twentieth century.

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Apple and the Arrow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of William Tell, legendary Swiss hero, and the story of the Swiss rebellion which led to the formation of the Swiss Republic. Ds really enjoyed this book and I did also. The characters were real and endearing. The introduction to peasant life in the 1200s was fascinating to ds and inspired much discussion. He found the story to be very exciting. Some parts of the rebellion went over his head but, as noted, it sparked much discussion. The illustrations by this husband and wife team are stunning and the writing rich.
RhondaKillian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A terrific story of a small boys hope in his father, his father's precision with a bow and arrow, and his own faith. Eventually, the young man must take an oath to protect his family, freinds, and countrymen. Ultimately, by his father's subconciously, conscientousness muttering under his breath, in blatant reservations to kneeling before any God, except the "Lord God", that examines one's ability to test our sincerity. As a result of this action and the developing events, William Tell, his father, Walter Tell, the mother of his children when he grows up, experiences the birth of a new Nation, the Swiss Republic.Review: I thought this was a good book. The story described the 13th century and elelments of that time with great accuracy. Words like "shivering as with ague", "bring game home for the larder", "crush a skull like a filbart", or to "waylay" someone, also take the reader back to that century, helping the reader visualize or infer what the author is conveying. HIstorically, WIlliam Tell became known for his bow and arrow accuracy, I believe he should be known, as well for his integrity, determination, and wisdom. A good chapter book for those with few interests, and the hard to reach reader. Extension Idea:Being a Newberry Literary Award winning book it isn't hard to find good teaching topics to elaborate on. As the book has historical lessons to examine, geograpy, different government policies, trust, honor, and skills not so common today.
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"He knew what wise men have always known, that man lives by faith, and that faith can be stronger than fear..." This was so much more than a story about William Tell. In five short chapters we learned and lived the history of the founding of Switzerland. A wonderful and touching book.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is the year 1290 and eleven-soon-to-be-twelve-year-old Walter Tell lives happily in the remote heights of the Swiss Alpine Mountains near the village of Burglen with his father William, who is known as the greatest bowman in the canton of Uri and perhaps even in the nearby cantons of Schwys and Underwalden, his mother Hedwig, his little brother Rudi, and their herd dog Prinz. Nearby also live their friend Marie the herd girl, Brother Klaus the monk, and Grandfather Furst. King Albrecht is the new ruler of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but unlike his late good father Rudolph he sends cruel bailiffs like Gessler to live at nearby Altdorf and oppress the people. William Tell is one of 33 men who have met secretly at Rootli to formulate a plan to secure their freedom at the beginning of 1291. But it appears that Gessler suspects something. I suppose that nearly everyone has heard the story of how William and Walter go to Altdorf to sell furs. Tell refuses to bow down to Gessler’s cap which has been put on a pole in the middle of the town. Gessler is so angry that he punishes Tell by commanding him to shoot an apple off the head of his son. If he misses, both will die. But do you know “the rest of the story”? The legend of William Tell has survived for more than 700 years. Exactly how much of it is true and how much is fiction perhaps no one knows. But it is certainly a stirring account that resonates in the hearts of all people who love freedom and oppose tyranny. Told simply and well with a good eye for detail and setting from the viewpoint of young Walter, The Apple and the Arrow, which won a Newbery Honor Award in 1952, was first recommended to me in the catalogue of Love to Learn, a homeschool resource center. One reference to drinking wine occurs, but there is a great deal of emphasis on looking to God for guidance and trusting in Him. With its serious themes of independence and responsibility, it will appeal to both children, especially boys, and their parents. Conrad Buff was born in Switzerland in 1886, studied art in his native country and Germany, them emigrated to the United States in 1904, settling in Los Angeles, where he became a noted landscape artist. Along with his wife Mary, he coauthored and illustrated a number of children's books. Another Newbery Honor book (1931) which recounts the same events is Mountains Are Free by Julia Davis Adams.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This is the exciting story of Walter, son of William Tell. Set in the early 1200's of Switzerland, young Walter has to face danger in the eye. The title of the book centers on the fact that the boy must trust his father to shoot an arrow at an apple that rests on Walter's head. It is a very interesting story, and I like the writing style very much. Bring your courage with you as you read Walter's story...