The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

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by Gerald Morris, Aaron Renier
     
 

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In the third installment in the Knights’ Tales series, Gerald Morris tells the laugh-outloud tale of King Arthur’s most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. With lively illustrations by Aaron Renier, Morris creates a captivating and comical medieval world that teems with humor and wonder.

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In the third installment in the Knights’ Tales series, Gerald Morris tells the laugh-outloud tale of King Arthur’s most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. With lively illustrations by Aaron Renier, Morris creates a captivating and comical medieval world that teems with humor and wonder.

This chapter book is sure to set young readers on another rollicking and hilarious Arthurian adventure!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An ingeniously integrated retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight and other episodes from the Arthurian canon. Worthy reading for all budding squires and damsels."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

"Rejoice, fans of the Squire’s Tales, Morris is finally bringing his terrific recastings of Arthurian legend to a younger audience...More, please."—Kirkus, starred review

"The art catches the tone of the writing in the often-amusing ink drawings. A promising series debut for young readers."—Booklist

"The book's brevity and humor make it accessible to reluctant readers, and it is a fantastic read-aloud."—School Library Journal

"This trim novel, with simple vocabulary and brief, witty chapters, is an ideal fit for early readers...but fans of the legendary characters may find particular delight in this irreverent and unabashedly silly exploration of Arthur's court and his most influential knight."—The Bulletin

The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short

"...sure to please young readers enamored with medieval derring-do."—School Library Journal

 

The Adventures of Sir Gawain The True

"Broad humor, graced with lively language will have readers laughing along with this boisterous Arthurian adventure."—Yellow Brick Road

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Sir Gawain is one of King Arthur's bravest knights and has never been defeated in battle, but can be a bit full of himself. When he rescues a damsel from the clutches of a fiery dragon, he will take no thanks from her—not a gentle kiss on the cheek, nor a scarf from round her neck. He leaves her alone in the midst of the forest, not even asking her name. Upon hearing of his not-so-courteous manner, King Arthur chides him and Sir Gawain realizes his mistake. Soon after, at a Christmas feast, an enormous green knight thunders into the hall and challenges Sir Gawain to a fight—a blow for blow contest. Sir Green Knight allows Sir Gawain the first blow, ordering him to whack his green neck with a very sharp axe, which leaves Sir Green with his head rolling around on the floor. Turns out Sir Green is a sorcerer quite accustomed to picking up his head and reuniting it with his body. So Sir Gawain is now bound to meet the giant knight in a year hence to receive the return blow. In a series of adventures, the King and his knights meet several unusual people who seem oddly similar to one another through speech or mannerisms and each teaches them something about courtesy. In the end Sir Gawain realizes this has all been a plot devised to make amends for his rude behavior towards the damsel he rescued. The story is well told, with gentle humor and a nice message, and the cartoonish illustrations add to the humor. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544022645
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Knights' Tales Series, #3
Pages:
118
Sales rank:
311,356
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Chapter 1

Sir Gawain the Undefeated

Now, everyone who knows anything at all about knights knows that they used to dress in metal suits and bash each other off their horses with pointy sticks called lances. This only makes sense,
of course. Anyone who happened to have a metal suit, a horse, and a pointy stick would do the same.
 Some may have also heard that knights fought dragons as well, often to rescue damsels. (Damsels are what they used to call women. Don’t ask why;
they just did.) This is less sensible, because—Well,
really now! What would a dragon want with a damsel? Still, if a dragon did for some reason make off with one, then it would be perfectly reasonable for a knight to rescue her.
 But what many do not realize is that, at least in
King Arthur’s court, knights were also expected to be courteous and respectful. The king was very clear about this: He wanted no bullies at his
Round Table. In fact, he said that courtesy was even more important than wearing metal suits and bashing people from horses. Not surprisingly,
this notion took a while to sink in. Knights who had spent their whole lives learning swordsmanship and pointy-stick-bashing did not always see how something else could be more important.
Indeed, King Arthur had reigned for several years before he felt that his knights were starting to get the idea.
 During those early years, the most celebrated of King Arthur’s knights was his nephew Sir Gawain.
Sir Gawain had won so many tournaments—
which is what knights called the contests where they did all that bashing—that he was called Sir Gawain the Undefeated. One day, as Sir
Gawain the Undefeated was riding through a forest,
he heard a loud scream and a ferocious roar.
Sir Gawain urged his horse forward and soon came upon a huge black lizard that was holding a damsel in one scaly, knobby claw.
 “Whatever does a dragon want with a damsel?”
wondered Sir Gawain. The idea seemed absurd to him as well.
 But Sir Gawain did not have time for philosophical questions, because at that moment the dragon roared again, sending a ball of fire into the air, and the damsel screamed. Sir Gawain charged. It was a fierce battle, which took quite a long time, and an onlooker would doubtless have found it gripping to watch. For some reason,
though, secondhand blow-by-blow accounts of battles are not nearly so interesting as the things themselves, so it won’t hurt anything to skip ahead here. What matters is that when the fight was over, the dragon lay dead at Sir Gawain’s feet.
 “Hooray!” shouted Sir Gawain triumphantly. “I
won again!”
 “Oh, thank you, Sir Knight!” cried the damsel.
“You saved my life!”
 “Yes, I suppose I did,” agreed Sir Gawain. “By the way, do you have any idea why the dragon captured you?”
 “What difference does that make?” the damsel replied. “He was an evil creature.”
 “Just wondering,” Sir Gawain said.
 “What matters is that you saved me, Sir
Knight,” the damsel repeated.
  “Not Sir Knight,” Sir Gawain corrected. “I’m Sir
Gawain. Sir Gawain the Undefeated.”
 “I’m ever so grateful to you, Sir Gawain.”
 “Yes, I suppose you are,” Sir Gawain replied. He turned back to the dragon’s corpse and gazed at it with satisfaction. “It was quite a fight, wasn’t it?
Did you see how the lizard tried to get behind me but I reversed my lance? A very tricky bit of lancemanship, let me tell you!”
 “Er, quite,” said the damsel.
 “And how, when it shifted to my weak side, I
tossed my sword to my left hand? Not everyone can do that, you know.”
 “Very clever of you, I’m sure.” The damsel’s smile was smaller now. “Sir Gawain, to thank you for your service, I would like to give you a gift:
this green sash.” The woman began to remove a gleaming strip of green silk from her waist. “Wear this as a reminder of your victory, and—”
  “Oh, I shan’t forget this victory,” Sir Gawain said.
 “But this is a special sash. As long as you wear it—”
 “I really don’t have a place for a sash,” Sir Gawain said. “Why don’t you keep it?”
 “Oh,” the damsel said. “Well . . . if you wish. But
I want to thank you somehow. Perhaps it would be enough if I gave you a kiss on the cheek, just to—”
 “I say!” interrupted Sir Gawain. “You don’t think that just because I saved your life we’re, you know, in love or something, do you?”
 “What?”
 “Because a lot of girls might think that, but really I would have saved any damsel. It didn’t have to be you. Besides, I’m not looking for a lady of my own right now.”
 “A lady of your own? ” gasped the damsel. “I never said—”
 “Nothing personal, of course,” Sir Gawain said hurriedly. “I’m sure you’ll make a very nice lady for someone someday. It’s just that I’m not in the market for romance at the moment.”
 “Of all the . . . All I wanted to do was show you my gratitude!”
 Suddenly remembering King Arthur’s lectures on courtesy, Sir Gawain bowed and said, “You’re very welcome,” then turned his horse and rode away. He was already thinking about how he would tell the tale of his great victory once he got back to the
Round Table.
 The story was a success. Sir Gawain held the court spellbound as he recounted his defeat of the horrible dragon, even during the duller bits when he described his lancemanship. But when he told about his conversation with the damsel after the battle, King Arthur sat up.
 “Do you mean to say, Gawain,” the king asked,
“that the lady tried to give you a token of thanks and you refused it?”
 “Well, yes.”
 “So then she asked if she could give you one kiss on the cheek, and you turned that down as well?”
 “I didn’t want her to get the wrong idea, you see.”
 “And I gather that you told her your name but never asked for hers?”
 Sir Gawain blinked. The king was right. He had no idea who the lady was.
 “And then,” King Arthur concluded, “you rode away, leaving her alone, on foot, in the forest?”
 For a moment, Sir Gawain was silent. “I didn’t think about that,” he admitted, frowning. “That wasn’t . . . wasn’t my best choice, was it?”
 King Arthur shook his head.
 “I did say ‘You’re welcome,’” Sir Gawain said.
“‘Very welcome,’ I think.”
 King Arthur covered his eyes with his hands.
Sometimes in those early days he wondered what it would take to prove to his knights that courtesy was as important as courage.

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"An ingeniously integrated retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight and other episodes from the Arthurian canon. Worthy reading for all budding squires and damsels."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

"Rejoice, fans of the Squire’s Tales, Morris is finally bringing his terrific recastings of Arthurian legend to a younger audience...More, please."—Kirkus, starred review

"The art catches the tone of the writing in the often-amusing ink drawings. A promising series debut for young readers."—Booklist

"The book's brevity and humor make it accessible to reluctant readers, and it is a fantastic read-aloud."—School Library Journal

"This trim novel, with simple vocabulary and brief, witty chapters, is an ideal fit for early readers...but fans of the legendary characters may find particular delight in this irreverent and unabashedly silly exploration of Arthur's court and his most influential knight."—The Bulletin

The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short

"...sure to please young readers enamored with medieval derring-do."—School Library Journal

 

The Adventures of Sir Gawain The True

"Broad humor, graced with lively language will have readers laughing along with this boisterous Arthurian adventure."—Yellow Brick Road

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