The Gammage Cup

The Gammage Cup

by Carol Kendall

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Carol Kendall's witty, epic tale about the race of people called the Minnipins is once again available. Now a new generation of readers can thrill to the adventures of the tiny folk who become mighty heroes. The original interior illustrations by Erik Blegvad have been retained, but vibrant new cover art by beloved illustrators Tim and Greg Hildebrandt gives the book a new look for a new audience.

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ISBN-13: 9780613572132
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 283
Product dimensions: 4.98(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carol Kendall (1917–2012) was born in in Bucyrus, Ohio, and lived much of her life there. She was the author of more than half a dozen much-loved novels for young readers, including The Gammage Cup, a Newbury Honor book, and its sequel, The Whisper of Glocken.

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This highly creative fantasy [has] an almost inexhaustible variety of reading pleasures: plot surprises, humor, fascinating characters, richness of ideas, and delight in words.—The Horn Book
"Highly imaginative, amusing and thought-provoking."—The New York Times Book Review

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Gammage Cup 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ChrisWillBeReading More than 1 year ago
This book is a Fantasy story, not Science Fiction as another review says, but I think anyone would like it. If there was a Detailed Rating for originality, I would give 5 stars, but only because that is the most possible. The author creates an enthralling world with likable, unique characters. There are no all powerful wizards here, or beautiful elf-women warriors, but I believe you will like this book all the more for putting ordinary characters to the test. The Gammage Cup is one of my very favorite books, and now I want to go read it again...
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Gammage Cup is the story of the Minnipins, a nice little folk who live in the protective circle of the Mountains. As the story opens, a female Minnipin named Muggles (yes, Muggles, J. K. Rowling!) is being drawn into an unplanned revolt. For hundreds of years the imhabitants of Slipper-on-the-Water have lived simple lives, revering their founder and honoring his descendants, the Periods. But new pieces of history have been discovered, presenting facts that are very different from the prescribed history. It's difficult to buck tradition in a place like Slipper-on-the-Water. But what if the Minnipins are in grave danger? This Newbery Honor book was published over fifty years ago, and it reflects its time. The Minnipins have no qualms about going to battle against the Mushrooms, who are depicted as ugly, smelly, and completely evil. In the end they are exterminated by the brave Minnipins, who have been united by the common enemy. After the battle the Minnipins agree to allow for more individuality in their society: you can wear whatever color you want and paint your door however you please. You just can't be a Mushroom; that is, bent on destroying Slipper-on-the-Water. It's easy to cast a cynical eye over this and read all kinds of messages into it, but I think a case can be made either way. Mark Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea appears to have borrowed rather heavily from The Gammage Cup. Both stories feature isolated communities that idolize their founders and are ruled by a powerful elite class. A major theme in both is the way ordinary people deal with totalitarian rule. In Slipper-on-the-Water, it's a color thing; you are only allowed to wear certain colors, doors must be painted green, etc. In Ella Minnow Pea, the rules are about which letters of the alphabet one may use. In both stories, it is a young, unimportant person who leads the resistance and saves the day. There are fun little maxims and rhymes scattered throughout the story, like "It is easier to lure a fish than to hit it over the head with a club" and "The turtle whose head / Is within his shell / Thinks the world outside / Is going well." Children would find these delightful; I enjoyed them, but not wildly.In some ways this is very much a miniature Middle-earth, with Mushrooms for Orcs and Minnipins for hobbits, and funny little folk-rhymes and sayings throughout as hints of the culture. It also contains odd little seeds of the Harry Potter world, like "Muggles" and other things. Perhaps I would have loved it as a child, but it didn't work so well for me as an adult. Ultimately it leaves me feeling rather detached.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was purchased as a gift, using my past experience as an elementary teacher to judge something that would be interesting to the receiving party. Not only was it well-received by students I taught, it was also one of the favorite books of one of our own daughters. Very good for children (10 and up) who are interested in reading fantasy-type material.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great descriptive adventurous novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was swept away at once. The author uses a slightly modern style so that readers can relate to the fairytale characters. This book has everything you could ask for--adventure, mystery, humor, and even a touch of romance. I really reccomend this for people who like fanciful fiction that holds a good plot and fun characters. However, I do NOT reccomend this for younger children, as it may be to tense or sad at parts. An older person may wish to read it first, just to be sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for the science fiction people out there. I did not love is but I did not hate it iether. A heroic story of how outcast can save your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Minnipins are short people who live in The Land Between the Mountains, they dress the same and live in houses that all look the same. Long ago, Gammage, the leader of the Minnipins led them to war against the Hairless Ones. The Hairless Ones were fat creatures with barely any hair and had a horrifying battle cry. The war fought on for days and days until rain filled up a riverbed which blocked the entrance to the Minnipins village and stopped the hairless ones from coming back in. Today the Minnipins still live life the same way, dress the same, live in the same looking houses, but they have lost their past and live life with a history of false information. Every Minnipin in the village are the same except for Muggles, Gummy the Poet and Walter the Earl. They all dress differently, believe in what they want to believe in, and speak their minds. One day Walter the Earl digs in his backyard and finds a bunch of ancient scrolls, weapons, and armor. These items all tell the real history of the Minnipins. Walter the Earl then shows this new information to the higher class of Minnipins called the Periods. The Periods do not believe that the information is true and they then banish him along with the other believers, Muggles, Gummy, Curley Green, and Mingy, out of the village and into the mountains. After a few days of living in the mountains they then discover a new passageway that was made to enter in and out of the mountain. When they go to check it out they then find out that the hairless ones have returned for revenge. Now it is up to the 5 outcasts to help save the people who have banished them and save the race of Minnipins from becoming extinct. Can they save themselves along with the whole village of Minnipins? In order to find out you must read 'The Gammage Cup' by: Carol Kendall. I myself enjoyed this book a lot. It was filled with a lot of fantasy, action, plot surprises, and humor. It is a book all ages can enjoy. I highly recommend that everyone reads The Gammage Cup. It is a book that once you start reading you will never want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I read it as a child. Recently, I pulled it off my parents' bookshelf and read it to my ten year old daughter. It was even better than I had remembered. As a little girl, I had missed the book's message about the importance of valuing individual differences. Also, I hadn't recognized the beauty of the writing. My daughter and I couldn't put this book down. As a fifth grade teacher, I recommend it as a great read aloud, as a way to introduce a unit on fantasy and as a book that could be adapted for a class play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was in elementary school. Now I'm in high school and it's still a favorite of mine. I can really relate to the character of Muggles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in Middle School, then again, in college. It is a wonderful story for readers of all ages. It is a reflection on the rigidity of order, and how individuality is often an advantage, not hindrance. This is terrific reading.