William Tell by Leonard Everett Fisher

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Legend has it that early in the fourteenth century, when the Swiss were oppressed by Austrian Hapsburg rulers, one man stood up to the tyrants. His name was William Tell.

William Tell was appalled that his people were forced to kneel to the hat of their govenor, and he refused to do so. His punishment was severe: An apple was placed on his son's head, and Tell was told to shoot it. If his arrow found its mark, the had would be removed from the town square. If it did not, young Jemmy migh die. . .

With vigorous text and stunning paintings, Leonard Everett Fisher adapts and illusrates this story of William Tell, which he calls "a metaphor for freedom."


About Leonard Everett Fisher

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Leonard Everett Fisher is a well-known and prolific author and illustrator of children's books. He has also written for adults and created illustrations for magazines. In addition, Fisher was dean of the Whitney School of Art and a visiting professor at a number of schools. Fisher was born in 1927 in the Bronx, New York, and started to draw as a small child. After graduating from high school, he studied at Brooklyn College and then entered the army where he worked with a mapmaker. He holds a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. from Yale University. The first book that Fisher illustrated was The Exploits of Xenophon, written by Geoffrey Household and published in 1955. Fisher then illustrated and wrote numerous books himself. He is well known for the Colonial Americans series, for the Nineteenth-Century America series for young adults, and for many other nonfiction works. He has written two works for adults-Masterpieces of American Painting (1985) and Remington and Russell (1986).
Published March 22, 1996 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From the first, Fisher (Gandhi, 1995, etc.) pulls readers into the legend of William Tell, the man who aimed an arrow at that apple (and his son) rather than kneel before the hat of an Austrian tyrant.

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When Herr Gessler, the cruel governor of Altdorf, decrees that residents must kneel before his hat, elevated on a pole in the town square, William Tell refuses to meet the tyrant's demands, calling them ""mean and stupid."" As punishment for his disobedience, Herr Gessler issues Tell the well-kno...

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