The Gammage Cup

The Gammage Cup

Carol Kendall / Oct 28, 2020

The Gammage Cup In an isolated valley the Minnipins or Small Ones minded their jobs dressed simply and never questioned the leading family Now five upstarts were banished for daring to challenge this quiet orde

  • Title: The Gammage Cup
  • Author: Carol Kendall
  • ISBN: 9780152305758
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an isolated valley, the Minnipins, or Small Ones, minded their jobs, dressed simply, and never questioned the leading family Now five upstarts were banished for daring to challenge this quiet, orderly way of life.

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    1. This is another book I would have absolutely loved when I was younger. There are parts reminiscent of Kneeknock Rise and The City of Ember, although I know this came first so it really should be the other way around. There was also a part that made me think of The Lord of the Rings due to the swords that glow only when the enemy is near. I really liked the main character, Muggles. She had so much common sense and untapped leadership ability. It was fun to watch her grow and develop as a characte [...]

    2. I was given this book as a gift when I was in the 4th grade during an anonymous gift exchange at school. I remember being so disappointed. Little did I know that the adventures and acts of bravery in this book would still be with me 30 years later. I have read it many times since then and still love it today.

    3. The Minnipins are a people who have lost their history. Over 800 years ago they came to the Land Between the Mountains to escape war, and now they have become so conservative in their customs that they have no patience for any with different ideas. In the village of Slipper on the Water there live five Minnipins with different ideas, and they are ostracized from their homes for not conforming to the way their neighbors think they should behave. But, during their exile, the five outcasts discover [...]

    4. "When something happens, something else always happens."-MugglesThis quote is a sample of the whimsical writing you'll find in Carol Kendall's wonderful fantasy tale, The Gammage Cup. The whimsy is not without substance, and much of the story's content is a document of American attitudes towards conformity and individualism during the Cold War era. The Minnipin people find themselves threatened by a race of beings who were no doubt inspired by the red scare, and their only hope lies on the shoul [...]

    5. One of my favorite books as a kid and I still love it. Solid and fun fantasy novel that I highly recommend as comfort food with a dash of excitement.

    6. It is a book that needs to be read now by the Hero Generation over any other book that is coming out right now. For the heroes are often needed when one has become complacent; and the heroes might not be looked to as such at the beginning. In fact they might not consider themselves heroes, but grow into it through trials and labors. This book in only 221 pages in length, but has so much contained within it’s pages.Some of my thoughts upon finishing this really good book, and some of the things [...]

    7. This is the second time that I have read this magnificent fantasy children's book, the first being in childhood with my mother, and I found it as wonderful as the first time. It was like returning home. The world is so full and refreshing, relatable in the humanity but with just enough idiosyncrasies and magical elements to make it exciting, and the universe is not complicated or confusing. (I do not mean to denounce comprehensive world-building; JRR Tolkien remains one of my favorite authors.) [...]

    8. Once a week, I enjoying reshelving library books at the local library as a volunteer. One particular rainy, autumn day, I ran across this book. The age of the book was what first caught my attention, and I must admit, I often judge a book by its cover. The cover was intriguing. Impulsively I pulled it off the shelf and put it in my check-out pile.The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall, was a fun read with an undercurrent of a realistic message: there can easily become an aristocracy in leadership wan [...]

    9. The heading of this comment box says "What did you think?" but The Gammage Cup is a book I read first many years ago and will continue to reread, so my thoughts on it are on-going. It is an understatement to say that I love it. It really is my favourite book; it never ceases, despite the fact that I have nearly memorized it, to make me laugh, to make my heart race, to sweep me up into the events and the characters' lives. Kendall has written a story in a style with a background that makes me gre [...]

    10. Not once did I ever think that this book would become one of my all time favorites. In fact,I can't say that I even enjoyed the first few chapters. This book has such a wonderful,magical quality to it (my brain finally realized) that I just want to keep reading more of it.I love the characters; heck,I even like the mushrooms! Reading about the glowing swords,glittering cloaks, and the houses with their green-painted doors made want to be there. It's not often that I find a jewel like this in my [...]

    11. I've been reading a lot of middle school literature lately-- so that I can discuss with my children. I guess I don't get it. Yes, the book is odd. But it all seemed so predictable to me: social outcasts saving the day and earning the respect of their peers I felt so unsatisfied when I finished. Maybe children would appreciate it better than an overly critical adult?

    12. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy! It's well written, imaginative, and a keen social/personality commentary put into a fun and interesting story. This is the kind of book that teaches kids valuable lessons while they're not looking. :) As Lloyd Alexander believed, "fantasy [is] not an escape from reality but a way to understand reality." (Who Should We Then Read? by Jan Bloom)

    13. It was all right but I didn't find it to be any thing special. The characters were quirky and enjoyable but I was intensely bored while reading after the 30th page or so. I couldn't tell you exactly why but this just wasn't a book that got to me or kept my interest.

    14. I read this to my grandchildren and they enjoyed it immensely. As a former educator I read it to my fourth graders for many years. It is a story about a town of Minipins and uses humor and insight into a community that has a ruling class that has power and think of themselves as wise while the other villagers are "simple." There are a few villagers who are more free to think for themselves who are eventually banned from the village for being different. There are so many discussion opportunities [...]

    15. This is an absolutely delightful children's book about conformity and courage, about belonging and staying true to oneself and being part of a community. To my delight one of the main protagonists is female, and although at the beginning she does not think much of herself, she is quite sensible and competent and is respected by many of the other characters. The story itself is simple but has one of my favourite things in it, people building from the ground up, and I really liked how realistic it [...]

    16. Certain books from my childhood stand out in my memory. I remember snuggling with my mom as she read The Little House in the Big Woods. I read all of the Little House books 3 times as a girl. I remember the Borrowers, with little Arrietty. I remember the Gammage Cup mostly because it's the only book I remember my dad reading to me before bed.After reading this book to my son, it was a pleasure to recall that this book should be remembered because it's just a good book. It has clever characters w [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book when I was a kid, and when I came across it as an adult, I decided to read it again. I can say that I had good taste as a kid. This book is a good adventure read that mixes in a theme of respecting individuals as distinct from bossy group-think. This book describes a village where there is tremendous pressure to all be and look the same. There are a handful of free-thinkers who are kicked out of the village. They end up thwarting an attack, which results in everyone do [...]

    18. This book will be read and re-read in my house. I have read it three times personally, and I have read it one time to my kids, all younger than 6, and they already want to read it again. It is an allegory, a very sophisticated allegory, with some themes that I really want to disagree with, but I can't bring myself to do so because they are so intricately interwoven with other themes that I really want to agree with. Artful writing, clever, hilarious, profoundly insightful, this book belongs on e [...]

    19. Meh. Reads like someone read The Hobbit and became poorly inspired to write her own version: smallish people (Minnipins) who live predictable lives and who generally shun difference; a small group of these folk (who are deemed different and so are banished) go off on their own on a quest of sorts and stumble onto magic swords that light up when the Mushroom People (human-like creatures who live in the mountains) attack, and so on. And written by someone who is no Tolkien. Yoicks.

    20. I needed a palate cleanser after 1Q84 and this is the book I chose. I read it as a kid and loved it and I read it again and still love it. This is a fantasy story about what it means to be different and there are invaders from coming through the mountain and funny poems and friendship and I love it.

    21. I LOVE this book! The humor, the conspiracy theories, the government, the sameness, the characters! If only everyone could be as sensible and sweet as Muggles. And hooray for keeping things in piles!

    22. Read my full thoughts on this book and hundreds more over at Read.Write.Repeat.A clever, inspiring children's story that has stayed with me for years.

    23. Written in 1959, the fantasy elements and storytelling were a little dated, but I was happily surprised with some of the clever aspects of the society -- cut off from the outside world for 800 years and how things that we knew had morphed over time.

    24. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.When Fooley the Brave, a Minnipin explorer, returned home from traveling to the Land Beyond the Mountain, he brought with him many artifacts and journal entries to help his people understand what he had learned on his journey. Four hundred years later, the Minnipin settlement of the Land Between the Mountains is ruled by Fooley's descendants, the Periods, whose names are abbreviations such as Wm Co Ltd and Etc all taken from Fooley's journal. [...]

    25. Problems, but a lot of good things too. There are flaws with this book, starting with the absence of a good description of Minnipins. Are they a race? A nationality? They are "Small Ones" but are they like The Borrowers? Are they like Hobbits? The dreadful new (Brothers Hildebrandt) cover shows them as humans - no implication of smallness. The original Blegvad drawings inside have quite a different look, but still not a lot of information. The title is a bit of a red herring as it is not of prim [...]

    26. This is one of those oddball books that seems to occupy a tiny shelf ALL by itself. I never came across anything precisely like it again, despite the fact that there's a sequel; the second book isn't very good and doesn't even seem to be about the same people, despite the fact that it IS.No, The Gammage Cup is the literary equivalent of a bolt from the blue, complete with charming little line-drawings, fun snips and snaps of poetry (doggerel, really), and a completely realized and well-drawn lit [...]

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