Of Swords and Sorcerers: The Adventures of King Arthur and His Knights

Of Swords and Sorcerers The Adventures of King Arthur and His Knights For hundreds of years the tales of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have been told throughout the world In this version written especially for young readers the stories of high drama a

  • Title: Of Swords and Sorcerers: The Adventures of King Arthur and His Knights
  • Author: Margaret Hodges Margery Evernden
  • ISBN: 9780684194370
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For hundreds of years the tales of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have been told throughout the world In this version, written especially for young readers, the stories of high drama are woven together into an authentic introduction to an undying legend of the English speaking world Illustrated.

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    1. This is an entertaining collection of short stories about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. I am not sure how abridged the tales are, but they certainly convey the main points of the stories. The stories are short, but we would only read one at a time, often skipping this book in favor of other stories, so it took us almost a month to read the nine tales. I have to admit that I had never read these tales before, so we experienced reading them for the first time together. Our girls [...]

    2. I searched high and low for a King Arthur version that was at the same time childish enough for my young children to listen to, and accurate/involved/deep enough to give them an honest idea of the scope of the myth. The Once and Future King is obviously classic, but not going to keep the attention of a 5 and 6 year old. The Boys King Arthur is beautifully done, but probably still a bit above them. There is always the Disney movie and about a billion picture books, but they inevitably leave off s [...]

    3. I read this aloud to my elementary kids as part of our study of knights and castles, since it was recommended as a retelling that was both thorough and appropriate for younger audiences. I still found myself wincing at the number of skulls cleaved and the like, but I guess that was the era; I also edited a few of the knight-and-lady interactions (particularly with Lancelot) as I read, since a few of them were still a bit too straightforward about what went on for my comfort level. Each story has [...]

    4. As a juvenile retelling of Arthur it was a good broad overview, simple to follow and understand.That being said, there are other juvenile versions that I prefer. Partly because the illustrations in this one, while intriguing and stylistic, don't help with the textual understanding. If there are going to be illustrations in a juvenile book they need to augment and further the narrative. These did not.Margaret Hodges is a brilliant story teller, but I far prefer the picture book versions of her st [...]

    5. The edition I read had simple woodcut illustrations. I feel like this would better serve its purpose (as an intro to King Arthur for young readers) with more frequent and interesting illustrations.

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