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Never-ending Story by Michael Ende
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Never-ending Story (original 1985; edition 1984)

by Michael Ende

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Title:Never-ending Story
Authors:Michael Ende
Info:G. K. Hall & Company (1984), Edition: Large type edition, Hardcover, 592 pages
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Rating:*****
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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (1985)

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This is a book in a book.
If you saw the movie: Forget everything you know about it because the actual story has quite a different plot.
Bastian Balthasar Bux is chubby little kid who loves reading. As he steals The Neverending Story from an antiquariat bookshop he enters the world of Phantásien, feeling what the main character Atreju felt when he ventured on his journey to save Phantásien. He then literally enters the story and becomes part of it himself.
If you can, get yourself an edition of this book that has the text printed in two colours as this edition also includes the decorated first letters of each chapter. This is a story everyone should at least read once. :) ( )
  Sparrowlicious | Apr 13, 2015 |
This book is taking place through the reading of the human boy, Bastain. He has recently lost his mother and feels all alone in the world. He feels like he has a connection with the book while reading as well as the main character, Atreyu. Atreyu's mission is to find out how to save the Childlike Empress so she can save Fantastica from the Nothing that is swallowing it up. When Atreyu leaved to start his mission he has a horse that dies very early on. A little later he befriends a luck dragon that was caught in a spiders web. The luck dragon can fly and takes Atreyu on to find answers. The being with the answers he's seeking is known as the Southern Oracle. He has to pass through 3 very special gates to be able to reach the oracle. When he gets there he discovers the oracle is only a voice, and it can only hear him if he speaks in rhyme. His answer is clear, the Childlike Empress needs a new name and only a human can give it to her. Atreyu sets off with his luck dragon to try to reach the world with humans but it is no use because Fantastica has no boundaries. Bastain is the key to saving Fantasica and it is him reading the book and getting involved in the adventures that allows him to live his dreams and save the Childlike Empress. I thought this book was great. It's a great way to open up the imagination by having a human side and a story side.
Classroom extension: Have 2-4 students draw a picture of one of the characters from the story and compare their imaginative artwork when presenting them all to the class. Or, have the students in groups of two think up 2-4 questions/answers for each other and talk in rhyme. ( )
  emedwards | Mar 22, 2015 |
I loved the movie and I love the book. P.S. The book has a lot more than the movie does. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 18, 2015 |
This fantastical story tells the adventure of a boy who finds a book, reads it, and becomes a part of it. this is a great book for kids that are super interested and get lost when reading a story. This will help them relate to their relationship with books.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
Unlike any other story ever told, the Neverending Story, not only takes you to fantasy, but also brings fantasy to reality. It is, without a doubt, the philosopher's stone of fantastic literature. ( )
  JorgeCarvajal | Feb 13, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ende, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Basoli, AntonioIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manheim, RalphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nieuwenhuizen, Johan vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pandolfi, AminaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadflieg, RoswithaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This inscription could be seen on the glass door of a small shop, but naturally this was only the way it looked if you were inside the dimly lit shop, looking out at the street through the plateglass door.
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Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.

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Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

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