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Posted July 15, 2011
Sir Gawain the True Learns New Ways to Deal Besides the Sword
Sir Gawain the Undefeated is riding comfortably upon his horse when he hears the shrieks of a damsel in distress. A dragon with fiery breath has captured the fair maiden. Sir Gawain fights off the dragon, saving the damsel. No longer in distress, Sir Gawain decides the she no longer needs his assistance and begins to ride off. The damsel is so thankful that she wants to give Sir Gawain her treasured green sash. He refuses to accept. She then offers a kiss on the check, simply to say thank you. Again, Sir Gawain refuses and rides off, leaving the damsel where he found her. This is the precursor to the rest of the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In King Author's court, he requires his knights to be comfortable iron suits and sharp swords, just like any knight. They must also be courteous and respectful while doing their knightly duties. After relating the dragon fight, at dinner that night, Sir Gawain is flabbergasted to learn of his rudeness. The King thought it rude Sir Gawain refused the damsel's gift of thanks not once, but twice. Shameful knight behavior.
Later, at the Christmas Feast, the Green Knight crashes the party to challenge a knight, specifically Sir Gawain, to a strange dual. Sir Gawain is to go first. He swings and knocks the Green Knight's head clean off his neck. The Green Knight will strike Sir Gawain, in the same fashion, in exactly one year. As the year goes by, Sir Gawain and the King decide the Green Knight must have used magic. How else could his head continue to speak after it was severed from his neck? King Arthur and his knights leave the kingdom in search of the great Merlin the Enchanter. If anyone can help Sir Gawain keep his head attached, it is Merlin.
While on the trip, the King and his knights run into several interesting characters on their way to their final destination: Green Chapel. Here, Sir Gawain will face the Green Knight for what may be his last challenge. On their trip, the King and his knights will run into a strange dwarf, sorcerers, and a stubborn nobleman, but not everyone is who they profess to be. In the end, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table will have had their abilities to fight and their manners both tested. One of those two will prove to be the better weapon. Reading the story and meeting these characters is so much fun, revealing any more would ruin it for everyone else.
Sir Gawain the True is the third knight to get his own story in Mr. Morris' Knight Tales Series. First was Sir Lancelot the Great and then Sir Givret the Short. As with the first two editions, the story is witty, fun and a great addition to reluctant readers' libraries. The sentences and words are at the 8 to 10 year-old-level, though occasionally there will be a word that might require a dictionary. The chapters are short and fast to read. The pacing is such that it is difficult to become bored at any one point.
This is a fun, short, chapter book boys will love to read. The illustrations are line drawings and enhance the story. The fight scene collage is especially funny. Speaking of fighting, none of the fight scenes are gory or gruesome. The sword fights in the pages of Sir Gawain the True are G-rated. Mothers will love the story for the King's emphasis on courtesy, respect, honoring oaths, and the value of friendships.
Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher
Posted April 10, 2011
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo
Gerald Morris' THE KNIGHTS' TALES are a fun way to escape for a few hours. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GAWAIN THE TRUE is the third installment in this series. Sir Gawain is known as "the undefeated." He is tired of this title, but because it is what he is known as, when a battle comes up and King Arthur needs someone to win, it is Sir Gawain who is called up. Sir Gawain returns to the court to recount a story of saving a damsel from a dragon. But when he is asked how he treated the damsel, he is dumbstruck. The damsel tried to thank him by bestowing a green sash on him, as well as a kiss on the cheek. But he refused both. During a feast, a strange Green Knight appears at the Court. The knight challenges anyone to a game. Of course, being undefeated, King Arthur requests Sir Gawain to compete. The knight tells Sir Gawain to first strike a blow, and then he will do the same. Simple enough? Well, the knight wants Sir Gawain to strike an axe blow to his neck. Sir Gawain does as requested, and all are stunned when the knight picks his head up off the floor, tells Sir Gawain to appear at the Green Chapel on New Year's Day, and leaves. Sir Gawain knows that this will be the death of him, but he agrees. King Arthur can't let his undefeated knight die, so he sends a group out to find Merlin, in hopes of finding a way to avoid Sir Gawain's death. Instead, the group meets Sir Gologras. If you've read the other books in the series, then you will know that there are more surprises in store for King Arthur's group. Sir Gologras may not be who he seems. I don't want to give away the surprise ending, so I will stop there with my synopsis. But have no fear. As with the previous works in this series, there are many laughs and surprising moments on each page. I found myself laughing out loud a number of times. And that's quite impressive, considering the story is only 126 pages long. Pick up THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GAWAIN THE TRUE for a fun time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2011
Great Book for the Round Table lover!
I am a huge fan of most Arthurian books, especially childrens versions. I think this was a wonderfully done story on Sir Gawain and how he became a better knight and a better man by learning some valuable lessons. The story line was easy to follow, the story was fun and mysterious, and the children can learn valuable lessons from this story. This is the third in a series, and I would recommend this to readers who are learning how to read chapter books, and even for older children who are inte...moreI am a huge fan of most Arthurian books, especially childrens versions. I think this was a wonderfully done story on Sir Gawain and how he became a better knight and a better man by learning some valuable lessons. The story line was easy to follow, the story was fun and mysterious, and the children can learn valuable lessons from this story. This is the third in a series, and I would recommend this to readers who are learning how to read chapter books, and even for older children who are interested in King Arthur in any way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The artwork in this book was well done, but not overly done. I think books geared toward this age group tend to provide too many illustrations and not challenging the imaginations of the readers. This book did a great job of providing an illustration for some main points, but left the rest of it to the child's imagination. This is a great book!