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by Catherine Salton

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ISBN:
0060196750
Author:
Catherine Salton
Category:
Classics
Language:
English
Publisher:
Harper; 1st edition (October 24, 2000)
Pages:
176 pages
EPUB book:
1970 kb
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1406 kb
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1673 kb
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Rating:
4.8
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Raphael is a griffin, one of the ferocious stone creatures sworn to guard the Cathedral from harm. Yet Raphael feels a mysterious longing for something more - a Noble Task, one that will bring meaning to his life.

Raphael is a griffin, one of the ferocious stone creatures sworn to guard the Cathedral from harm. When a baby is abandoned at the Cathedral door, Raphael believes he's found his Noble Task at last. But Raphael soon learns that caring for the child brings danger and sacrifice as well as love

Start by marking Raphael and the Noble Task as Want to Read . "So the story began that if a Noble Task arises, all of us are given the strength to fulfill it. " -Erian, Great Elder of the Mouse Clans.

Start by marking Raphael and the Noble Task as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. I challenge you to read this book, aloud with a young person or people in your life if possible, but read it. (Plus, there are Anglo-Saxon and Welsh references which make it even more fabulous. Here are some quotes to give you a sense of the book's flavor. Now, Brother Michael knew better than to be so unkind, but he'd mistakenly decided that preparations for a Christmas celebration were much more important than helping someone in distress.

When a baby is abandoned at the Cathedral door, Raphael believes he's found his Noble Task at last

When a baby is abandoned at the Cathedral door, Raphael believes he's found his Noble Task at last. But Raphael soon learns that caring for the child brings danger and sacrifice as well as love. And when the baby's mother returns, only to find that her child is missing, Raphael must set things right by performing an act of enormous courage: an act that depends not only on a legend kept secret for generations but that will demand of him all of his heart and soul to prevail.

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Catherine Salton was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1963. When she was six years old, her family moved to London, England. Before returning to the United States, her family visited virtually every major cathedral in England and Catherine became fascinated by the middle Ages

Catherine Salton was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1963. Before returning to the United States, her family visited virtually every major cathedral in England and Catherine became fascinated by the middle Ages. I wish I could say it was the glorious architecture that did it," says Catherine, "but it was really just the gargoyle to spur a kid's imagination. They're fantastic-looking

Noble Task" transcends the limited categories of children's books, fantasy books, and holiday books. In the end, the story of Raphael's redemption is our ow. uthor Catherine Salton's evocative writing brings Raphael's Middle Ages cathedral to life as memorably as any classical fabulist.

Noble Task" transcends the limited categories of children's books, fantasy books, and holiday books. Salton's writing is engaging and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages. The story is as timeless as the human soul itself.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Raphael is a griffin, one of the ferocious stone creatures sworn to guard the Cathedral from harm.

If only he had a Noble Task! Fruitlessly, he goes about the cathedral, asking all the statuary for some way out of his tedium. Then his Noble Task appears: a starving young mother leaves her new baby in the cathedral's foundling box. Raphael chooses to protect the child, taking it up into the High Reaches. His problems, though, have only begun, and he fears that he'll be branded as an evil dragon. A telling of the dragon Raphael that guards the Great Portal of an English a first book drawn from the author’s own childhood visits to castles and cathedrals around England.

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Raphael is a griffin, one of the ferocious stone creatures sworn to guard the Cathedral from harm. Yet Raphael feels a mysterious longing for something more -- a Noble Task, one that will bring meaning to his life.

When a baby is abandoned at the Cathedral door, Raphael believes he's found his Noble Task at last. But Raphael soon learns that caring for the child brings danger and sacrifice as well as love. And when the baby's mother returns, only to find that her child is missing, Raphael must set things right by performing an act of enormous courage: an act that depends not only on a legend kept secret for generations but that will demand of him all of his heart and soul to prevail.

More than twenty illustrations bring the characters of the Cathedral to life in this unforgettable adventure, destined to be cherished as an enduring Christmas classic.

  • Mitars Riders
I found this story when I was very young, about 11 years old or so, and the story stayed with me well into adulthood. The story begins with a griffin gargoyle stationed atop a cathedral, longing for something just about every person can relate to wanting. A meaning to his life, something that proves his life meant something more than just the routine expectancies of daily lives. When at last he comes upon another stone character, called the Alchemist, he is given an answer to the lack of meaning in his life. A Noble Task, and this task comes to him in the form of a young baby boy left at the steps of the church. I don't want to give too much of the rest of the story away, and a decent enough summary will be found on the back of the book, but the tale that kept the words in my mind until twenty years of age is what really makes this book something special.
In as few words as I can manage, this story teaches about the importance of selflessness. Raphael finds in caring for this baby his noble task, but finds that this task involves just as much give as it does take when that child's mother comes back to take him home. For a few moments he thinks of ignoring what other tell him and simply keeping the child for himself, and holding tight to what gave meaning to his dreary life in the first place. Then he realizes that the love he feels for this boy is the same as what the mother has in her heart, and sees that the anguish he feels at the thought of losing him has to be the same pain the mother feels when the monks in the cathedral tell her that they have never seen her son. It is then that, perhaps, the true meaning of his noble task is unveiled, the challenge and heartbreaking decision there for the taking. Raphael rises to the occasion with a determination and thoughtfulness that stayed with me from the last line until this very day.
In short, there's really not a person I wouldn't recommend this book to. Perfect for a child, yet still heartwarming enough for an adult, I believe this book is a must read and a great addition to anyone's literary collection. It certainly has a special place in my little library.
  • Vudozilkree
I read this book for the first time several years ago and had forgotten the title. I was so happy to find it again and purchase it. I gave one to my 11 yr. old niece and she loved it as well. Great present for a child who likes to read and for an adult who may be a kid at heart.
  • Ziena
An incredible book, filled with accurate historical detail that was intertwined into the story line. The author's characters were very real - those that were real - and her imaginary characters had delightful, whimsical personalities. A great read.
  • Gela
This is a wonderful tale of a very personable chimere (who is not a gargoyle) who wants to find his way in the world - his Noble Task. I think that we are all looking for a Noble Task.
Raphael finds friendship and magic and love in his world even when he is confused and uncertain. I think that there is much to learn from this story and it is interesting to both kids and adults. Alot of the language is funny and quirky, which I liked alot.
Anyone who got interested in the Harry Potter books will also like this story because it has great characters and magic, too.
  • Hono
This is a great read! Salton's creation of the community living in, on and around a medieval cathedral is among the best worlds in fantasy writing (Salton has studied the Middle Ages extensively). I really enjoyed her characters, and the vignettes of cathedral life. "Noble Task" transcends the limited categories of children's books, fantasy books, and holiday books. It is the tale of Raphael's search for purpose in his life, and his noble quest to understand his own identity.
Salton's writing is engaging and a pleasure to read. Her book does not deliver its plot in a heavy-handed way, as some holiday books do. She tells a wonderful, magical story about love, faith, personal identity and community that will stand the test of time as a classic.
  • Bukus
A delightful book! The writing carries the flavor of a bygone age where things were done because they were worth doing. Yet it is contemporary and inspires the reader (or the listening child) with the motivation to begin looking for the "noble tasks" in their own lives.
The writing is accessible but not childlike. As an adult, I appreciate that it does not "talk down" to my children. Rather it helps lift them by opening new dimensions of ideas in an entertaining and engaging manner.
This book is an ideal vehicle for establishing a Christmas tradition. Start reading a chapter a day on December 1 and on December 24 both you and your children will have enjoyed a story that is worth the reading.
The book is thoroughly enjoyable and is strongly recommended. It stands head and shoulders above the standard "Christmas Books".
  • Moogugore
For those of you who loved the Narnia Chronicles, this book is for you. The best parts of Tim Burton's Gothic taste, mixed in with Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods". This story avoids many mistakes Fairy Tales make. It balances on the line between the adult and child audience and never seems to insult the reader's intelligence.
I cannot remember the last time I was so taken in with a book so simple. And that is why the tale is told so well. It never strays from its path, and gently takes the reader along.
"Raphael & the Noble Task" holds all the magic of those bed time stories we loved when we were little, but now cannot remember.
And best of all the Gargoyles are not cute, nor silly, nor over-the-top ferocious. They're just gargoyles. Like God wanted them to be.