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Minimus Pupil's Book: Starting out in Latin [Paperback]

Barbara Bell , Helen Forte
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2 Sep 1999 0521659604 978-0521659604
A lively introduction to Latin for children aged 7 and over. Join in the fun with Minimus - a mix of myths, stories, grammar support and historical background! This pupil's book is a lively, colourful introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. A fun way to teach English grammar, it is ideal for cross-curricular activities.

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  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521659604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521659604
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 19.6 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Join in the fun with Minimus - a mix of myths, stories, grammar support and historical background! This pupil's book is a lively, colourful introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. A fun way to teach English grammar, it is ideal for cross-curricular activities.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Minimus in a Primary School 26 July 2004
Format:Paperback
As a classically-educated semi-retired non-teacher, with a strong interest in education, I have been teaching Minimus over the last six months to a smallish class of 5th and 6th year boys and girls in a local Primary School. They have thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly with the wide variety of aspects(from historical to culinary) at which the course pointed; and the charm of the Minimus text has made it a pleasant as well as interesting task to teach. It has also provided the children with a fun opportunity to perform a play in Latin (they used scripts - Latin by heart would have been a step too far), to explore Latin roots in the English Language, and even to have a look at an easier Winnie ille Pu passage. (Beware: Winnie ille Pu Latin is not easy at all.)
My only niggle- I think that the course could have been just a little more ambitious in the level of grammar that it offered.
As well as re-starting the basic Minimus course, I am looking forward in the Autumn to taking some of the children for the Minimus Secundus course (for the first time); it's significantly more challenging in terms of language-learning, but should be a good choice for keen 6th-year pupils (even without having done the basic Minimus course).
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 9 Aug 2002
Format:Paperback
My daughter is 8 and has been following this book in Year 3 at school. Absolutely loves Latin, which is not the way her father felt about it. And having used the book at school, and done a Latin Play based on it, we all had to go to Hadrian's Wall this summer (this is where the book is set.)
To anyone who suffered Caesar's Gallic Wars and other really fairly turgid stuff in school Latin classes, this is utterly different, quite captivating and worthy of a 5 star rating.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader from London is Wrong! 5 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is not the teacher book - this is for children. Imaginative, informative, well-set out and brilliantly illustrated, this is a superb book for anyone interested in history, classics or language. No previous knowledge is required!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After school Latin club 14 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
Using this book for an after school Latin club with a group of year 4 pupils and it really is the best resource we could have asked for. Approachable, fun, lively. The kids love the characters, they soak up the language and they enjoy finding out what is going to happen next. Couldn't ask for a better resource or a more accessible and helpful team behind it either! Well done Minimus, let's keep Latin alive for the next generation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to start learning Latin 20 May 2013
By Pozzo
Format:Paperback
I use this with my 7-year old granddaughter, who is history-mad, keen on the classical period as well as medieval and Tudor history. We started on it about two years ago after visiting Hadrian's Wall and staying a short walk away from Vindolanda, and it has proved an amiably ambling start to Latin. The approach is "inductive" - allowing the learner to encounter short, well-structured passages of text, largely delivered through cartoons. These feature a family living at Vindolanda, introduced initially via their resident animals, the eponymous Minimus (Tiny), a house mouse, and Vibrissa (Whiskers), the cat. Although not issue-focused, it does not shirk difficult matters, with slavery, war and death featuring quite strongly. There are retelling of myths and legends along the way, and a strong emphasis is placed on Latin derivations of English words, as well as the spelling clues they afford. There is no rote learning of declensions and conjugations, as in the old deductive approach, although this may have its place later. The gradient of difficulty is not very steep and the book could be used as a way of enriching the study of English as much as an introduction to Latin. Some knowledge of the language is useful but you certainly don't need to be a fully-paid up classicist to use it in a family context. We are just finishing this volume and my granddaughter is keen to start Minimus Secundus, so it's on order. Can't say I remember looking forward to new Latin textbooks, so Barbara Bell must have got something right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook 26 Mar 2013
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A good book for those starting out in Latin. Useful for year 5 pupils. Reinforces basic grammar in English and expands vocabulary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimus pupils latin 30 April 2014
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Good little book easy to understand because the way it is explained, and you can start all over again if you get confused
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics? 9 Feb 2014
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Having been sacked from the Latin classes by Dr Forester when I was twelve (Go and be illiterate in some other language!) I'm glad to discover a system I can follow. Salve!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money!
This is an appallingly dumbed-down book and only confused my child about Latin. I don't think it is helpful for a child- at any age- to think Latin is about cutesy mice hopping... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good introduction to Latin
A really good introduction to Latin, not the easiest of subjects but made very accessible by this wonderful book, also gives context with a bit of detail re roman life and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction to Latin for a primary school child.
This is a fabulous introduction to Latin. It is another book from Cambridge Latin but, unlike the established Cambridge Latin GCSE course, it does not shy away from grammar in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love the mouse!
I am really enjoying using this book at the Latin club at school. It is really easy to prepare for and Minimus the Mouse always makes the children laugh when they do 'the mouse... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Rebecca A. Nuttall
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK
MY NEARLY 10 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER LOVED THIS BOOK. IT IS VERY WELL ILLUSTRATED AND A PERFECT INTRODUCTION TO LATIN !!
Published 2 months ago by steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging starter book
I ran an extra-curricular Latin class for year 7 students and this my preferred text. Lovely illustrations and plenty of activities.
Published 8 months ago by Helen Drummond
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This item was purchased as a gift to a child who is learning latin in school. It will therefore assist thme in this endeavour.
Published 8 months ago by Janice Neale
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