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1. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Classic Literature With Classical Music. Junior Classics)
by Benedict Flynn, Sean Bean
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Asin: 9626341386
Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
Sales Rank: 3486
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table
In all honesty, though I have always loved the stories of Arthur and Camelot, I too bought this audio book merely to hear the amazing voice of Sean Bean. The two combined make for a very powerful and gripping story.

This would be a perfect gift for children, the young-at-heart, or anyone who is captivated by the stories of Camelot.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Voice to be Heard
I honestly have to say that I purchased this audio CD through only to hear the beautiful voice of Sean Bean. I wasn't disappointed! Then, after hearing a great story, I purchased it again through Amazon for my 9 year old nephew. Sean does a brilliant job, that would keep any person, young or old, interested in hearing the story of King Arthur. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Version for Children - and Adults too
When I originally purchased this "Junior Classic" - as a gift for my little brother, an Arthur aficianado - I didn't expect to enjoy it much myself. However, the adaptation is well-done, and is not so inane as to make it unbearable to anyone over ten, which is what I expected. I was so pleasantly surprised that I went out and bought myself a copy!

British actor Sean Bean has an incredible range of voices and accents, which he uses impeccably to enrich the characters he reads (though all the narrative is done in his lovely native Yorkshire). Morgana le Fay, Lancelot, Elaine, and, yes, Arthur all come to life as one listens. A very enjoyable audiobook, for bedtime or listening to in the car, or just as a mini-holiday! ... Read more

2. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (Puffin Classics)
by Roger Lancelyn Green, Lotte Reiniger
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
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2-0 out of 5 stars The Honorable Knights of the Round Table
The Knights of the Round went through numerous adventures in their time. In the book, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the author, Sidney Lanier, illustrated some of the knights' quests. Written from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d' Arthur, this novel has eight mini books on the Knights of the Round Table. From the "Coming of Arthur" to the "Passing of Arthur" Sidney Lanier depicted Arthur's knights such as Sir Lancelot du Lake, Sir Gareth of Orkney, La Cote Mal Taile, and Sir Tristram. There wasn't much conflict between the different knights, except for when they decided to joust.
This medieval book, written in third person, concentrates on the Knights of the Round Table, not as much on King Arthur. I highly recommend not reading this book because it doesn't have much conflict, so it isn't very interesting. For this reason, the book, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, is unique (because of the fact it doesn't have much conflict). This book should be read by people 13+ because of its unique words and ideas, and by people who are interested in learning more about King Arthur and his Knights.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great legend that everybody should read
The Legend of King Arthur is a book that everyone should read at least once in his life. The Legend actually consists of hundreds of stories passed down for generations orally. Then somebody wrote it down, someone else read different ones of those and wrote his own. This way there are many different versions. The one that I read, and this review is about, is written by Roger Lancelyn Green. Unlike the other ones, which are hundreds of years old, this book is written in modern English. Because of that you can read it pretty fast.

Every chapter in this book is a story for itself, which have only a little to do with each other. The only character which is mentioned in every of those stories is King Arthur. He is the famous King of Logres, the holy realm. The story takes place in the 400s, when the Saxons invaded Britain. God thought that Britain will fall if he doesn't support them. So he decided to establish the Realm of Logres, which should be ruled by King Arthur. As soon as he began to ruled Britain, most of the world's best knights were at his court. The most famous one is Sir Launcelot. He was the best knight at the Round Table, but Logres also fell because of him and the beauty of King Arthur's wife.

And when Britain is in need, the Holy Realm of Logres can be reestablished at any time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome tales in the truest sense of the word.
I really like Rosemary Sutcliff's books, including her Arthurian
trilogy; however, I prefer Green's King Arthur because, for me,
it captures the sense of dread and awe that hangs over the
legends so well. The illustrations are very nice, as well. For my money this is a first-rate rendition.

2-0 out of 5 stars a little fantasy for a change - almost interesting
I am 14 years old. I had to read this book for school, and considering the school usually assigns boring books, this one was pretty good. I thought it was okay, because I like fantasy books, and this book has a lot of fantasy and love stories. It was rather interesting, but I never would have read it if I hadn't had to.

2-0 out of 5 stars King Arthur and his Brave Knights
King Arthur and his Brave Knights
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green, were a whole bunch of different stories. They were how Arthur was raised and became king, how each of the knights came apart of the round table and how each of the went on their quest for the Holy Grail, and the departing of King Arthur and his kingdom.
The author, Roger L. Green, emphasized some differences to the original tale. For instance, Launcelot never loved Elaine. Elaine loved Launcelot very much but she was sad because Launcelot did not love her back. So Elaine went to Brysen who was a sorcerer and she made Elaine appear as Guinevere (Launcelot's love). When Launcelot saw Elaine that appeared as Guinevere he asked her to marry him and she said yes. The next morning when Launcelot saw Elaine in bed with him instead of Guinevere he went mad and started to live in the forest. Another change in the story was that the author called the Lady of the Lake, Lady Nimue. This book took place in the 6th century and the narrator is in 3rd person. The themes of the book were basically stories of each knight on their quest for the Holy Grail.
I would recommend this book to avid readers and people who enjoy fantasies. This reason because it is hard to understand some of the words are difficult to understand. ... Read more

3. King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy)
by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Scholastic Arthur a Levine
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Asin: 0439266009
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
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4. King Arthur and His Knights in Mythology (Mythology)
by Evelyn Wolfson
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5. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Little Golden Book)
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-08)
Publisher: Golden Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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No kid should have to grow up without a healthy helping of King Arthurand his noble knights (to better understand Monty Python later in life, ifnothing else), and this stunningly illustrated, faithfully recounted collectionhas few equals.

Originally published in 1962, the handsome reprint includes the sameillustrations that made the original so compelling: the late Swedish artistGustaf Tenggren (also responsible for the bestselling kids' book of alltime) captures these stories' bravado and high adventure with majestic,almost theatrically composed paintings, many of which stretch dramatically overtwo pages. Tenggren's credits also include the original concept art for Disney'sSnow White and Pinocchio, and you'll find thatsame posed, classical style here. (Although be warned that, like the Arthurianlegends themselves, things can get a little messy, whether it's Lancelot's swordsplitting Meliagrance's helmet in half or the giant Taulurd getting his armchopped off by Sir Tor.)

Tenggren's illustrations are clearly the star of the show, but the collectionalso features excellent text from Emma Gelders Sterne (who was pretty nobleherself, as a civil rights and women's suffrage activist), with the help of herdaughter Barbara Lindsay. Perhaps realizing that these tales sometimes requireaffection and patience to fully appreciate, they never shirk from occasionallychallenging but satisfying period language, from damsel's "wimples" to "churlsin armor." (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I first read this around 1967, when I was 10 years old. I remember it quite fondly. It felt very real, read very smoothly, and the pictures were amazing, if a little gory. I strongly recommend this book for young readers. I'm completely impartial, too. My mother and grandmother were the co-authors! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly entertaining retelling of the classic legends
Superbly illustrated by Gustaff Tenggren, and collaboratively retold by Emma Gelders Stern and Barbara Lindsay, King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table is an informative and thoroughly entertaining retelling of the classic legends of King Arthur and Camelot for young adult readers. Filled with museum quality, stylized full-color artwork, King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table presents the whole course of King Arthur's life, and those of his allies and enemies, in skillfully narrated, straightforward prose immediately accessible to young people of intermediate reading skill and above. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is enthusiastically recommended for personal, school, and community library Mythology & Folklore collections. ... Read more

6. Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur
by Jane Yolen
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling author Jane Yolen does not retell the tale of King Arthur in this imaginative novel for young readers so much as re-invent it. There are familiar characters such as Arthur, Gawaine, and Merlin (here called Merlinnus), and elements from the traditional story, including the famed sword in the stone. But The Sword of the Rightful King treats these as ingredients to cook up an entirely new story. In Yolen's version, Arthur is a young king. He wears the crown but sits perhaps a bit uneasily upon the throne. It has been reported to the king that there are some who will betray or even kill him in order to rise to power. To assure the subjects, the magician Merlinnus places a sword in a stone and announces that whosoever pulls it out, will be the rightful ruler of England. The fact that someone else pulls the sword out of the stone first is just one of numerous intriguing twists. Yolen manages to update the legend and make it fresh for a modern younger audience without resorting to gimmickry and incongruous references (no one says "dude", Lancelot does not ride a skateboard). Instead, she recasts the characters as real people: flawed, troubled, and altogether human. And while they still exist in long-ago England, the people we meet and the situations they find themselves in are accessible to readers of any age. (All ages) --John Moe ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars King Arthur With a Twist
Most people seem to have some familiarity with the legend of King Arthur but it won't help them with this completely fresh version of the story.

Arthur is the High King of all Britain but there are some lords who do not recognize him as such. Among these is Pendragon's widow Morgause. She wants one of her boys to be on the throne, possibly her eldest Gawaine. Although Arthur is a fair and just king it will take more to win over some. Merlinnus (Merlin) comes up with an idea to cement Arthur in his position. An idea involving a stone and a sword.

In Cadbury (Camelot) much is going on. Gawain and his brothers are arriving, Gawen has arrived and become Merlinnus's helper, word has it that Morgause is sending an assassin, and a shepherd finds a mysterious stone with a sword sticking out of it.

You may have thought you knew the story but this version is fresh and full of surprises. A wonderful fantasy full of magic and intrigue.

4-0 out of 5 stars the Kind and the Sword
This is a wonderful book. Jane Yolen did a great job with a King Arthur story. The characters really pop through the pages and the emotions are so thick.
Yolen really doesn't miss a beat with this story. It's fresh and has a great story to go with the King Arthur chronicles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sword Of The Rightful King-An Excellent Story!
This is the story of a newly crowned Arthur. As usual, too many are unsure of him and others desire the crown for themselves. Merlinnus plays a major role in plotting Arthur's success with the "sword in the stone." However, there are a few twists along the way. Did someone else pull the sword out of the stone before Arthur? Has the sword been enscorelled by Morgause? Who is the newcomer to Arthur's kingdom? Is he really what he seems? These questions and more are entertainingly answered with many surprises.

I bought this book knowing it was for young adults, which I definitely am not, hoping for an alternative and entertaining story that was fresh. I didn't think it could be done (I've read hundreds of Arthurian Literature books) and certainly didn't expect the surprise this book turned out to be! Additionally, I believe some of the words in this novel would be difficult for many adults, let alone young adults to understand, so keep that dictionary handy as you are reading. Buy this book and read it! It is extraordinary!

5-0 out of 5 stars read this
This is my favorite book about King Arthur. It has all elements of a well written story. The characters are developed and you look at a well known story in a different way. I would recommend this to others.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Twist on the Familiar Sword in the Stone Story
Young Arthur, High King of Britain, is a good king, but not everyone thinks so. Merlinnus (more commonly known as Merlin), the castle mage, knows this is dangerous, so he secretly makes a sword in a stone. He lets everyone in the kingdom know that whoever pulls the sword out of the stone will be king. With a little magic he thinks he will help Arthur pull it out. But when the time comes, it doesn't work it out the way Arthur and Merlinnus expect.

Not only was this book well-written, but it also had an awesome plot! I liked how Arthur and Merlinnus always had to be on the lookout, because anyone could be a spy, or worse, an assassin. I also liked the ending because there were lots of surprises. The one thing I didn't like was that one of the big "mysteries" was solved too quickly.

I would recommend this book for both boys and girls ages 10-14. If you like this book, Jane Yolen has also written more than 200 books for kids. ... Read more

7. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
by Howard Pyle
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Asin: 0486214451
Catlog: Book (1965-06-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 53387
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Enchanting children’s version of Arthurian legend. 41 illus.
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5-0 out of 5 stars awsum. king arthur rules!!!!!!!!!(gawaine is kewl too)
i checked this book out of my school library read it in 1 an a half days and loved it. but for other sixth graders i do not reccomend this because it will take you forever to finish the first part. unless you skip everything and just read the 1st and last words. i personaly think that the Lady Guinivere is a royal pain.

5-0 out of 5 stars another amazing work from Pyle
At the turn of the century, Howard Pyle turned his considerable talent as a storyteller to writing tales of the Round Table. When I glance at my Grail Lore books, his name jumps out at me again and again. Not only is he a wonderful storyteller, he does some of the most amazing illustrations for each tale.

Born before the US Civil War in Wilmington Delaware, he was enchanted by storybooks and the drawings such as Grimm's Faerytales and that influence is clear in his books. So Pyle set about in his twenties to pen stories of Pirates, Robin Hood and Arthur and his knight. His love of these tales was brought to bear as he created "grown-up" storybooks.

This is one of my favourite of his works. The illustrations of Arthur, Merline and the Knights of the Table are brilliant. It covers the early tales of Arthur, as his identity was discovered by performing the Miracle of the Sword, then moves on to Arthur's winning of his Queen. He gives stories of Merlin, Sir Pellias, Sir Gawain and others in this amazing storybook for lovers of Grail Lore.

No Grail Library Collection should be without it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
This book was well written, but the language was extremely sophisticated. The author wrote the novel in how ,now days,we thought the residents of the Medival Times talked. The overall story wasn't too bad, but not as good as I thought it would be. Although the novel was difficult to read, from what you could make out was truly brought to life. You could tell that Howard Pyle truly has a love for writting; reflected from the content in the novel. This novel would be for anyone with an adventerous soul. This novel truly helped my understanding of the Medival history.

5-0 out of 5 stars NOT for ages 9-12
Even though this book is very well written. It is NOT and I mean NOT a 9-12 book. The grammar and words are for the reading level of a high-schooler, or adult. Unless I have read a different version... They had the same covers and everything, but it was a hardcover. I don't recommend this to an average kid, unless you're some ultra genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars The STORY OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS, a masterpiece.
I found the book very interesting. It is a great story of legend. The stories have been passed down for many generations; Howard Pyle has done a great job of keeping the stories alive and well written. The characters in the book are all very well developed, by not giving you all of the characteristics at one time. From the beginning to the end, never telling more than what need's to be told. In the beginning of the novel starting with the young King Arthur, before he was the king, telling of how he meet each one of the knights of the round table, and how they came to be at his services. To me that most interesting part of the book was in the beginning when Sir Kay and the other knights where engaged in the battle, the description of the fight, and especially of how Arthur came by the great sword excalibur. The descriptions of not just the first, but of all of the great battles involved in the unfolding of the final story are just great. The book is a great piece of literature and I would recommend it for anyone who needs a little adventure in his or her lives ... Read more

8. Merlin and the Making of the King
by Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart Hyman
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Holiday House
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9. Knights of the Roundtable (Bullseye Step Into Classics)
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Catlog: Book (1985-10-12)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 217406
Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars
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Six rousing legends of King Arthur and his knights. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Awful writing, terrible grammar, bad for children
In addition to the ham-handed telling of the story, the writing in these Bullseye books is just terrible. Half-sentences. Written like this. Or this. Part of the value of such books is that young readers will learn to read "chapter books." But the English and grammar in these books is so abysmal as to render them useless for this task. I was very disappointed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for reading to a younger child
I agree that this is not the finest book written on King Arthur, but it is one that can be read aloud, and easily enhanced by a grandmother anxious to read these legends to a second grader---- finding something appropriate for a young listener has not been easy!

1-0 out of 5 stars Textbook example of how NOT to write sentences
It is hard to believe a book this poorly written could make past the editors! There were so many run-on and incomplete sentences I had trouble reading it to my daughter. I can only imagine what my second grade daughter went through reading on her own. We will keep this book if only to serve as an example of how NOT to construct sentences. There is a year's worth of grammar exercises in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Knights of the round Table
I think this is a very good story because its placed in history. I like when the giant takes off his head. You should get this book for your child.

1-0 out of 5 stars There are many better renditions than this!
This is an overly simplistic and poorly written introduction to the Arthur legend. If there weren't many better presentations of these tales for young readers, there might be an excuse for such a substandard rendering. Unless you want your kids to think that writing sentence fragments is preferable to constructing clear complex sentences, you might want to stay away from the entire "Bullseye Step Into Classic" series. ... Read more

10. The Dragon's Boy: A Tale of Young King Arthur
by Jane Yolen
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Son of the Dragon

Thirteen-year-old Artos is not as good as swordsplay, romance, or any other knightly accomplishment as his foster brothers Cai, Bedvere, and Lancot. An orphan raised by the kindly Sir Ector, he doesn't even know the identity for his parents. But one day, Artos stumbles into the cave of an old and lonely dragon who offers to teach him the game of wisdom. Artos accepts, and becomes the Pendragon--the son of the dragon, the dragon's boy. And with the dragon's guidance, Artos sets out on a journey to a remarkable destiny--one that he never dreamed could be his own.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Unique Arthurian story
Everyone's read the oft-accepted story of King Arthur's boyhood, right? A seemingly orphaned fosterling is raised by kindly Sir Ector, doesn't really know who he is. This story gives a mild but enjoyable twist on the old tale.

Artos is a young orphan in Sir Ector's castle, whose only playmates are the sons of Sir Ector, who often look down on him. One day, as he chases the dog Boadie into the woods, he comes across a cave that appears to have a massive dragon inside it. Though Artos is initially afraid, he befriends the ancient dragon. The dragon, in exchange for foodstuffs from the kitchen, will teach Artos wisdom.

The teachings that the dragon give Artos unconsciously change his outlook and his treatment of other people - even those below him. But after a strange incident in which the dragon temporarily vanishes, Artos discovers the truth about his friend.

Aside from the works of Gerald Morris, I don't think I've found a more likeable version of King Arthur than Artos. The lessons that he is taught are mild but creep into the mind and take root, transforming him effectively from a "bulky, unruly, illiterate boy" to a thoughtful and compassionate soul (he isn't perfect, but who is?)

The supporting cast is sparkling, from "Garlic" Meg the kitchen maid, ancient Druid wiseman Linn, and the cheerful smith who provides Artos with his first sword. The writing style is admittedly a bit bare at times, but not so much that it is difficult to read. The dialogue and visualization of the final chapter are perhaps the best part, almost mystical.

A small note to those reading this book for the first time: Read carefully what the supporting characters say, and you might just guess ahead of time what is up with the dragon.

A magical tale without real magic, this is an enjoyable tale for lovers of a darn good story and a must-see for Arthuriana nuts!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Dragon Boy
I loved this book and it was so cool because I liked the dragon he was cool looking and his teeth are a little bit long and sharp. The book isn't scary at all and the boy meets the dragon in the begining of the book.The book is pretty cool. You should read it it's good. The three main characters are Mag, Sir Ector, and Artos. What I liked about this book was that they're is a dragon in it and a red diamond, and what I didn't like about this book was that all they did was talk about Mag, and Artos. The author is a very good writer. This book was very good you should read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Arthur
When I first read this book I had no clue it was about King Arthur, as a young boy or otherwise, because the copy at my library didn't proclaim in bold letters "A Tale of Young King Arthur." Not until the very end did it dawn on me that this wonderful book I was reading had anything at all to do with the legendary King Arthur I had already read so much about. But this book is not about King Arthur until the very end. For the most part it is about a boy named Artos and his trials and tribulations in growing up and meeting a dragon. This dragon teaches him things he would have no chance to learn anywhere else and balances out his life in a most peculiar way. ... Read more

11. The King Arthur Audio Collection (Stand Alone)
by Howard Pyle, Ian Richardson
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Asin: 1559949430
Catlog: Book (1994-02-08)
Publisher: HarperChildrensAudio
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Enter the medieval, magical world of King Arthur! The sorcery, bravery, and chivalry of this long ago time continues to enchant listeners again and again. Performed by acclaimed actor Sir Ian Richardson, the splendor of these epic tales comes to life for a whole new generation of listeners.

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12. The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table)
by Rosemary Sutcliff, Thomas Morte D'Arthur Malory
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Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.05 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Adventurous Tales
In the book The Sword and the Circle, Rosemary Sutcliff writes about adventures of King Arthur and some of the Knights of the Round Table. The book starts off with stories of Arthur before and when he became King and receiving Excalibur. There is interesting stories about the quests the knights go on, also. Rosemary Sutcliff added a lot of details in the stories. She changed her stories just a little from the traditional story.
All the chapters in the book were about a different quest of a knight from the Round Table. For example, one of the good parts was in a chapter with Sir Gawain. He wanted to grant a lady's wish promised by King Arthur. The King warned Gawain that the lady was hideous but sir Gawain kept to his word. Nearing the end of the chapter, Gawain ends up liking the decision he made about granting the lady's wish. In The Sword and the Circle, there is also a lot of boring parts. I wouldn't recommend this book as a free read to many people unless you need to know tales of some Knights of the Round Table.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I don't know why everyone keep complaining about how confusing this book is, and how there are too many names or the adventures are all the same.
First of all, people did have names in the story, and there are more than two knights at the Round Table. In fact, there are 150, so occasionally, other knights MUST pop up in the story,and it's wise that they have names.
As for the adventures, I can't agree less. Each adventure is so skillfully written in this book, you are immediatly pulled in.
And each character is wonderfully brought to life from there less-described first days in La Morte D'Arthur, where you only had a few descriptions to go on.
Sutcliff expounds on those and more, and leaves you with memorable, believable characters, my especial favorites being the boisterous and hot-tempered Sir Gawaine, his handsome and noble brother Gareth and Merlin, who, instead of sounding corny and magical, just sounds like a very wise man who knows of the days to come.
Awesome variety of selections from the orginal King Arthur book(s), inlcuding the classics like Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight, Gawaine and the Loathly Lady (a humorous retelling), and my favorite: Beaumains, the Kitchen Knight.
All great stuff! However, if you are not into King Arthur, and you just picked this up because you're bored, I'm not sure how well you'll enjoy it. Obviously, the Round Table and King Arthur are a big part of this book, and since I notice a large number of people on here only read it and nothing else, it pays to read other King Arthur books as well as this one, to give you a bigger picture, and better appreciation for this fantastic retelling of the first 10 or so years of Arthur's reign.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arthur with a historical flavor
I went through a stage where I was reading everything King Arthury and I of course read this. I really loved that Sutcliff managed to mesh the true historical Arthur with the mythological one. She kept the magic but put his feet on the ground. A lovely story. I particularly loved Gawain and the Loathly Lady.

4-0 out of 5 stars A story about kings and knights
The story's setting takes place in mideavltimes when king Arthur was king. The main charters are king Arthur,Guenever,Gawian,and Lanccalot.I had A report due and my teacher told me that this was A good book to reed.

the story is about king Aurthur and his adventuer's with the knights of the round table. It also tells you about how it was to be A knight at the round table.

I think it was A good book overall. The book was A good book because it told you about all the knights and what it took to be A knight. The best part of the story was when Gawain died.the worst part of the book was the begining because it wa relly boring.I wold only recemend the book to people whoare in to histoy and mideveltimes

2-0 out of 5 stars The review for The Sword and the Circle
The Sword and the Circle

The Sword and the Circle was a pretty lengthy book, but good. It is not the best book though. Rosemary Sutcliff is the author of The Sword and the Circle and many other books. The book involved all of Arthur's life. From when he met Merlin, from the sword in the stone and all the way until he dies.
In this book there were some chapters that you could stare at all day and others that you could fall asleep on. In this book all the characters are the same and there aren't to many twist. They only added more description to make it a little different, although, some chapters were exactly the same. In some of the chapters I knew exactly what would have happened because I already knew about.
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13. King Arthur and His Knights (Children's Classics)
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Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
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Sir James Knowle's epic tale of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Tale is resurrected in this ornate children's edition. Intricate black-and-white drawings of knights, damsels in distress, and wizards add to the mystery and folklore of Sir Arthur. Perfectly suited as both a "read aloud" book or for more advanced readers to conquer themselves, children of all ages will be whisked back in time with this classic tale. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars King Arthur and His Knights
This book was about how King Arthur's life supposedly was. He was born after King Uther tricked an enemy duke's wife into thinking that Uther was her husband. That child was given to Merlin, and he was un-christened, and was given to Sir Ector. He became a squire at his new home and had a bigger stepbrother to help. When the sword in the stone appeared, all the knights and noblemen around England appeared to try and pull it out, since the person who pulls out the sword in the stone is supposedly the king of all England. Throughout his life he encountered many people like Sir Lancelot of the Lake, who fell in love with his beloved wife, Guinevere, and also gave birth to a child with his half-sister when she disguised herself. He would later become a legend for all the things he had done during his life.

I read this book because I watched the movie from Disney called "The Sword in the Stone." It sparked my interest of knights and I was fascinated with the Middle Ages ever since. Then when I went to the library, this book was the only one about King Arthur that wasn't checked out, so I read this wonderful recount of the amazing life of Arthur.

I recommend this book to everyone above the age of 9. There are some "not so good for children parts" in this book. If you are a child who wants to read about King Arthur, then you should choose this book. If you want something that is easier, I suggest you not to select this book since it is kind of a hard book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic stories, difficult text
This book is a bargain, but make sure your reader is ready for it. Its style is rather "olde englishe biblical" -- not obsolete spelling, but somewhat difficult language for modern readers. If your reader is in the mood for thee-thou-mayhap-hath-milady, then go for it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Along with Robin Hood, these ancient legends are a must-read
Who hasn't heard of King Arthur and the knights of his Round Table? In this book you meet them all ' including the magician Merlin, and the brave knights Sir Lancelot, Sir Gareth, Sir Tristam, Sir Bors, Sir Key, and Sir Galahad. All the old favorites are included ' Arthur drawing the sword out of the stone, Arthur receiving the sword Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake, Arthur becoming emperor, and Arthur's marriage to Guinevere. These events are recounted with surprising little drama. But don't give up too soon ' the best comes with all the quests and adventures of the knights that follow, including the Quest for the Holy Grail. This book is chock-full of entertaining adventures involving knights in shining armour, damsels in distress, fierce jousting and sword fights to the death, battles against hoards of enemies and giants, tournaments and miracles. Accompanying the text of this hard-cover, are ornate black and white pictures and images that contribute splendidly to the atmosphere evoked by the text.

The medieval setting is painted in a rather idealized fashion, limited to the nobility and figures of the court, who embrace all that is beautiful, brave and noble. These virtues are sometimes portrayed rather simplistically, as unknown knights engage in mortal combat, and only after they have virtually killed each other do the introductions begin: 'What is your name?' Behind this medieval mayhem is a heightened sense of chivalry more reflective of legend than fact, where knights battle to the death for the sake of a woman - even one they have only just met. But isn't that what the Arthurian legends are all about? Nobody is under the illusion that they are to be taken too seriously. Journeying to Arthur's Camelot is a form of escapism - suspend your sense of disbelief, watch the flashing swords and fearful battles, and enjoy.

That's not to say that the Arthurian tales do not reflect any reality. Arthur's world is in many respects a real medieval world. Medieval beliefs in paganism and Christianity are evident throughout. Witchcraft and enchantment is presented as alive and deadly, and conversely the true religion ' in this case the beliefs of the medieval Catholic church ' is evident throughout as knights commend themselves to God in prayer, thank him for his help, and even repent from their sins. The whole notion of the Holy Grail is of course a very Christian tradition ' although a tradition that represents more fiction than fact. And the moral virtues of justice, truth and right for which the honorable knights fight are still noble ideals of virtue today. Arthur's kingdom is presented as a kingdom blessed by the grace of God, a beacon of light symbolizing all that is good and true and right, and a worthy model for kingdoms in today's world because it revolves around timeless virtues. Tales that promote dignity, courtesy, courage, respect for right, respect for female dignity and purity are as ennobling as they are entertaining.

How much truth there is behind the Arthurian tales will always be the subject of debate. The fact remains that there is an extensive and confusing body of legend to wade through. In this 1923 work, Knowles has essentially followed Malory's fifteenth century classic 'Morte d'Arthur.' Even his language is antiquated and tedious, but persevere because you will soon find that this an enjoyable and essential addition that heightens the heroic atmosphere of the story and gives the legend a fittingly majestic touch. But it is doubtful that Malory or Knowles have been successful in making a great deal of sense out of the confusing mass of legend, because it is not unified in a plausible manner. Those looking for a more readable or easier introduction to king Arthur would be better served by the works by Roger Lancelyn Green or Howard Pyle.

In the end these tales of King Arthur and his knights remains a hodgepodge of anecdotes with different styles that is sometimes hard to wade through. But that doesn't matter. This collection is primarily of historical value, in giving a true picture of the original legends as they have been transmitted across hundreds of years. Even if it's not always easy to read, it cannot be denied that Knowles has produced a very comprehensive collection of the Arthurian tales, and the unbelievable exploits of knights in shining armour will continue to entertain in the future just as they have done in the past. Along with the tales of Robin Hood, the tales of King Arthur are the most exciting tales that British history has produced. This is the stuff of legend, and it's worth a read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Tale of Swashbuckling Knights
I thoroughly enjoyed KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS edited by Sir James Knowles. This saga was interesting. It employed all the conventions of the classic knight stories: knights willing to fight to the death for their honor, damsels in distress, a secret society bound together by tradition, and even mythology. KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS is well-written, a true literary gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read....
This book has the most thrilling example of medieval life than any other book that I have seen,or heard of!When I read this book,after only reading a few pages,I got hooked on it,and just couldn't seem to put it down!I hope other people will enjoy this book as much as I have.The book's descriptions of kings,knights,battles ,damsels,Lancelot,Guinevere, and most of all Arthur were wonderful!Even though I am only 12,I recomend this book to young readers everywhere! ... Read more

14. The Sword in the Tree (Trophy Chapter Book)
by Clyde Robert Bulla
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-31)
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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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In the days of King Arthur there stood a mighty oak tree within the walls of a castle. Peace reigned in the castle until the fearsome night when Lionel, longlost brother of Lord Weldon, returned to cause trouble and unhappiness.

It was then that Shan, the son of Lord Weldon, took on the duties of a knight and hid the sword in the hollow of the giant oak. The days that followed were filled with adventures that tried the courage of the young boy.

Shan was surprised by bearded robbers in the woods. He met noble knights in plumed helmets, and eventually he even made a trip to high-towered Camelot. His story is filled with the pageantry and color of England in King Arthur's time. It creates a vivid picture of the Knights of the Round Table and the wisdom of King Arthur himself.

Mr. Bulla captures the spirit of those romantic days in a straightforward, exciting manner. The result is another delightful book for his wide audience of young readers. Paul Galdone's vigorous illustrations are as evocative as the text.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Who Will Save Weldon Castle?
(written by 9 year old reader of book)

There are 14 chapters in this book. It has people like King Arthur. It has a sword in it. And it has a battle in it. There is an Oak Tree that is the tree. There is a picture in every chapter. You will like this story. Do not take my word for it, look for this book in the library or the book store.

(note from parent:)
My son really enjoyed reading The Sword in the Tree, just as he has other books by Bulla. They are excellent even for relunctant readers like the one who wrote the above review.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, fond memories
"I am Lord Weldon! __I__ am Lord of Weldon Castle!!"

I must have been about 7 or 8 when I read those words, spoken by a 9 year old whose father was believed dead, to his evil uncle. The boy's mother stood by silently.

As a child, I sympathized with him.
As a female, I felt offended. I didn't understand why the little boy believed he outranked his fully grown adult mother in power and prestige.

As an adult with some historical perspective, it makes more sense.

This was a great story, about family love and adventure and history, and I will always be grateful to Clyde Bulla for awakening the earliest feelings of feminism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for all young lovers of Knights, Castles & King Arthur
I read this out loud to my 4-year-old son, who loves anything involving King Arthur, and he was captivated. His only disappointment was that there is no book to follow with more tales of the young Shan and his adventures. I highly recommend this as well as other historical fiction by Bulla. I have also read "Pocahontas and the Strangers" to my son, and he loved that as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars High Interest for a New Reader
Once your child has moved beyond easy phonetic readers, you'll want to find interesting books with large print that aren't too difficult or overwhelming for the new reader. Bulla's "The Sword in the Tree" fits this description perfectly.

Try reading the first chapter to your young reader to spark his interest. Then read the next chapter or two aloud together so he/she becomes familiar with the words and flow. Then sit back and listen as your child finishes reading this exciting book about greed, courage, and chivalry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for English as a Second Language Students
This book is an excellent source for "medieval" units. I have used it with weak 5th grade English as a Second language readers and they are very successful with it. It teaches grade level content at a lower reading level. They do not feel they are reading an easy book. It is a wonderful starter book for reluctant readers. ... Read more

15. At the Crossing-Places (Arthur Trilogy, 2)
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
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Arthur de Caldicot has achieved his dream: He now serves as a squire to Lord Stephen of Holt Castle.But this new world opens up fresh visions as well as old concerns. Arthur longs to escape the shadow of his unfeeling father and meet his birth mother.He also years to marry the beautiful Winnie, while maintaining close ties with his friend, Gatty.And ultimately, he wants to become a Crusader, with all the questions of might and right involved. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to the Seeing Stone
After reading The Seeing Stone, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I quickly bought this book. I must first say the faults about this book. I admit that in the first book I found myself thinking that Arthur's life was a bit more boring than teh Arthur-in-the-stone's life and I was always waiting for the Arthur-in-the-stone stories to come. It was quite the oppisate for this book. This one was filled with Arthuran lengends and Kevin Crossley=Holland (the athor) poorly made the legends reflect the book.

I found myself waiting for more of Arthur (the real one) 's life. His new life got much more exciting when since he is now a squire for Lord Stephan. He learns about who his new father is and he goes on a desprete quest to find his mother. He also meets a new girl named Winnie who he complely swoons over. Winni has red hair and most people can tell that she is the Gueniver in the stone. The only prob. is that Winnie nad Arthur have no chemistry! There is a lotta chemistry between Gatty and Arthur and the reader is always hoping for Gatty and Arthur to get togther...but we all know that King Arthur ended up with Gwen...

Also. There was no Merlin. That was a bit of a dissapointment. But Ive been sayign all the bad stuff. There are much more good things in this inspiring novel. There is a whole bunch of new characters and mysteries. If you liked the first book in the trilogy I highly recomend this book. And although the third book (THE KING OF MIDDLE MARCH) has not been released in the US (4 reasons I know not) it has been realeased in the UK and you can order it on (the British amazon so to speak). So if you have enough cash go out and buy it or rent it from teh library or borrow it from a friend, because it is good. I congradulate Kevin Crossely=Holland on his Arthur trilogy. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Really well written, overall great book
I think this was a very good piece of liturature. As I am 10, I found the facts really interesting (being that I am 10 so I don't know much) facts about midieval times. Good book about King Arthur, (well, before he becomes King) and his life on the manor. He runs into various adventures, and it is basicly about him becoming from page to a squire. I loved it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't "Cross" far enough
The sequel to "The Seeing Stone," titled "At the Crossing-Places," is less interesting than the first book of this trilogy. While Crossley-Holland has clearly researched the historic details thoroughly, there doesn't seem to be much soul behind the actual narrative.

As Arthur found out more about his past, his life has gotten more complex. He's learned who his father is (the fierce Sir William), has learned that his now-ex-betrothed is his half sister and is a squire to Sir Stephen. He also still has the ability to see the life of Arthur of Camelot, whose life somehow (don't ask me how) reflects Arthur of Caldicot's. And he doesn't know who his unknown mother was.

As it is a medieval era, Arthur follows Sir Stephen to the Crusades while he continues to search for his mom's identity, while watching the ancient king who is him -- and not him. And as he goes to Champagne and then back to Britain, he comes closer to the truth about the connection between Arthur de Caldicot and Arthur in the stone...

Arthurian fiction has been around for a long time, and many readers have a particular affection for it. But, within the framework of another, different story, it just doesn't work. It worked better in "Seeing Stone," but in "At the Crossing-Places" nothing much happens to Arthur de Caldicot. Things happen, sure, but not very fast. Most of the focus is on King Arthur. And while that isn't really a problem in other books, it's a little frustrating to see things through Arthur de Caldicot's eyes, and not get a strong sense of what's happening in his own life.

Unfortunately, Crossley-Holland's writing hasn't improved much either. It's still very bare-bones, almost like a play. The narrative improves when the focus is on the past, or when something really spectacular happens. The rest of the time, it's just rather boring. (Especially when dealing with Arthur's romantic involvements -- he has no chemistry with Winnie at all)

Arthur is a rather flat lead character, who serves more as a window to the plot than an actual character. Winnie is also quite two-dimensional, but Sir Stephen is a likable enough guy. Unfortunately, Merlin is pretty much absent except through the seeing-stone, and it's hard to get a sense for Arthur and Gawain and the rest. It's like reading a book about someone watching a TV show -- I got little, if any, connection to the Arthurian people.

"At the Crossing-Places," like "Seeing Stone," had potential that never gets realized. At the end I felt frustrated and only slightly curious about "King of the Middle-March," the forthcoming third volume of the trilogy.

2-0 out of 5 stars I hope the third book will be much better
First, let me say that I absolutly adore the first book in this series. The Seeing Stone is on my top ten list of favorite books.
I was looking very forward to this sequel. Here's what was wrong with it:
*I missed Oliver, Sir John, Serle, and all of the other characters at Caldicot. In this book, Arthur is at Holt, where he is training to become a knight with Lord Stephen. While some of the characters at Holt were interesting, they weren't as much fun as those at Holt. And the "bad" characters and what they did didn't matter in the long wrong (their villiany wasn't too interesting, either.)
*Where is Merlin?!
*In the last book, I almost wished there had been more of Arthur-in-the-Stone. But this book is FILLED with Arthurian legand. Don't get me wrong-I love stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. But there were so many stories about knights who either weren't too interesting, weren't developed into the story enough,or didn't have enough details. Plus, most of the legends didn't reflect in Arthur de Caldicot's life, as they are supposed to.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't read this book. But maybe you should borrow it from the library. Just know that whenever I read Seeing Stone (and I've read it more than once) I always wish that it would never end. But I couldn't wait for this book to be over!

5-0 out of 5 stars An King Arthur book with a twist!
The Crossing=Places by Kevin Crossley-Holland was the second book in this fantastic trilogy "Arthur".

This story is about a young boy, becoming a man, named Arthur de Caldicott.

This is VERY hard to write without saying stuff about the 1st book

*First all of please read book 1, Arthur: The Seeing Stone*


In this book, The Crossing=Places, we once again meet young Arthur de Calidicot, now a squire to Lord Stephan of Holt.

In this story, Arthur meets Lord Stephan's daring neice, Winnie, and also many other important faces.

He is forced, yes literally forced, by Lord Stephan to visit his real father Sir William at Gotermore, one of his father's manors. It was not a pleasant visit but yet Arthur was not injured like their last meeting.

Arthur has mixed feelings.

His half-sister, Grace, (in the first book, she was his cousin) can no longer be betrothed to him and both are very upset. Grace is even ANGRY at him!

His new friend, Winnie, Lord Stephan's neice, has been kissing him. He has begun feelings of romance towards her and blushes every time her name is spoken.

You'll have to read this awesome, amazing, magical book to find out more about Arthur's continuing tales!!

((A little description of Winnie, Lord Stephan's neice: flaming red-gold hair, chestnut brown colored eyes, age 12 or 13, a year younger than Arthur)) ... Read more

16. The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur
by Howard Pyle
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Catlog: Book (1992-12-01)
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Time honored retelling of the Arthurian legends, including the adventures of Sir Galahad and the pursuit of the Holy Grail, as well as the last days of King Arthur—his attack on Sir Launcelot, fatal battle with Sir Mordred and final journey to Avalon. Wonderful medieval flavor enhanced with 39 of Pyle’s richly atmospheric illustrations.
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17. The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur
by Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart-Hyman, Trina Schart Hyman
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Catlog: Book (1990-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Kitchen Knight
Excellent book for use during any medieval or knight study. Fourth grade boys in particular would love this book, however, any student in elementary would enjoy the book. The illustrations are very good. Younger students may need the book read to them. Goes along with King Arthur studies and tales.

5-0 out of 5 stars You have to be a fan to love it
I am a hardcore Trina Schart Hyman fan, so this book is just another in my collection of her art work. The pictures are stunning. My kids spend hours looking at the pictures. The Red night, blue night, black night theme does get a little old though. The story is about a strange man who comes to King Arthur to ask three favors. After a year, the stranger sets off to free a princess trapped in a tower. He has to face many knights along the way and proves his worthyness in doing so.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
The illustrations are wonderful, and if you like sweet, honest Sir Gareth, as I do, you will enjoy this story, even though it's a kids' book. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars This book has the greatest illustrations I've ever seen!
I really liked this book because of the story, it was factual. It corresponded well with the legend. The pictures were really well done, I love those dresses! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Well written and great illustrations.
I bought this book for a report in my British Literature class. The assignment was to find a children's book related to the medieval period. I read it and enjoyed it thoroughly. The text is easy to follow and the pictures are great. Great book for any child, boy or girl. ... Read more

18. The Sword in the Stone
by T. H. White, Dennis Nolan
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Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sword in the stone
The book "The Sword in the Stone" by: T.H White, is about a young boy named wart along with many friends going on long journeys during the Middle Ages, through out royal land and castles, getting lost in the woods, and meeting strange mystical people along with meeting Merlin the magical magician. I really liked the book "The Sword in the Stone" because I found it very exiting and extremely interesting because once you get into it, it's very hard to put the book down. It's a book for all people because it has action, science/fiction, and comedy. Even though it is a short 288 page book, there is still a lot of action and there is definitely a lot of Medieval people, events, etc. The best part of reading "The Sword in the Stone" is that there is a lot of things to learn about and there is a lot of interesting parts in the book. If you really like a book with character and exiting action, comedy, and interesting facts, you should read "The Sword in the Stone". I really think that the author "T.H White" did a very well job with keeping myself and everybody interested in the book and making it an extremely lovable book. In conclusion, I think "The Sword in the Stone" is one of the best Middle Ages books to read, it's an educational book, and especially, I think that more people should read it and get other books written by T.H White, because he writes the best medieval books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Sword in the Stone
A boy named the Arthur, called Wart, livng during the Middle Ages, is taught by a magician about the past, present, and future, and about all creatures living on the Earth. When the opportunity arises for the Wart to become King, he must recall everything he has learned to pull the magic sword from the stone and become the new leader of England. I enjoyed this book because it had so many exciting battles and page turning adventures. Even a small bit about Robin Hood! The plot really doesn't appear until the last few chapters, where you realized that every story within the book was connected all along. It is nice to know that there are fun and interesting books to read about the Medeival times. I think that if you are looking for a book with lots of adventure, this is truely one that you should read.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Sword in The Stone
There are parts in the book that start to bore you at times. T.H. White puts anachronisms to make it more interesting. The book was not very thrilling. The book can seem like it is never ending. But I'd say that this book is plain boring. It does have some adventure. I did not like it. I DONT RECCOMEND IT!

4-0 out of 5 stars There's different versions of this story!
T.H.White must have published at least three slightly different versions of this story.

When I read the full Once And Future King book a few years ago, there was no Madame Mim episode, there was a buttery version of the fairy castle (Robin Hood) episode, there was an Archimedes/Wild Geese episode, and some other minor changes/additions.
When I read a paperback Sword In The Stone twenty years ago, there was a much nicer non-buttery version of the FairyCastle/RobinHood episode, and I don't think the Giant Galapas episode was there, etc.
Now I've just read the illustrated hardcover Sword In The Stone edition, and the FairyCastle/RobinHood episode is replaced by an Anthropophagi/RobinHood episode, Giant Galapas is there, and the Archimedes/WildGeese isn't (its been replaced by an Archimedes/Athena episode).

Anyone else notice these differences and have an explanation for them?

4-0 out of 5 stars Delightful, whimsical and tragically flowed
The five star reviews are right on and I have nothing more to add in praise of this book, but a word of warning: this book contains unacceptable racist language and excuses, even glorifies, slavery in language that though describing serfdom closes mimics arguements used to dismiss condemnations of slavery in the Americas. Any adult who purchases this book for children should be aware of this and make plans to discuss these passages together. ... Read more

19. The Mark Twain Collection: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court/the Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain, Garrick Hagon, Kenneth Jay
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20. Arthur's Tractor: A Fairy Tale With Mechanical Parts
by Pippa Goodhart, Colin Paine
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-05)
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A charming picture book starring a hapless farmer who is struggling with what he thinks is a broken down tractor. But behind him, a resourceful princess is being pursued by a dragon who is being persued by a rather useless knight. In the end it's Arthur who winds up saving them all. Arthur's Tractor delivers a delightful twist on a classic rescue tale with its own unique fairy tale ending. The perfect book for any child who loves machines...and fairy tales!
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5-0 out of 5 stars A whimsical fairy tale
Arthur's Tractor is a whimsical fairy tale by Pippa Goodhart about Arthur, a farmer who just can't quite get his tractor to work right. Could it be the work of something mysterious behind his back? Full-color, lighthearted illustrations by Colin Paine add a particularly entertaining flavor to the enjoyable text which is especially recommended for beginning readers ages 5 through 7. ... Read more

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