Arthur and the Swordby Robert Sabuda, Thomas Malory, Thomas Morte D'Arthur Malory
So begins this dramatic tale of a humble boy destined to be king of all England. Each year young Arthur travels with his family to the old church of Londontown to attend the celebration of Christ's birth. But this year something magical occurs: In the
"Long ago in the time of great darkness, a time without a king, there lived a fair boy called Arthur..."
So begins this dramatic tale of a humble boy destined to be king of all England. Each year young Arthur travels with his family to the old church of Londontown to attend the celebration of Christ's birth. But this year something magical occurs: In the snowy churchyard there appears a sword buried in a steel anvil in the center of a stone. Only he who can pull the sword from the stone and anvil can claim the right to the throne. Each knight in turn, including Arthur's older brother, is challenged to remove the sword but none succeeds. It is only when Arthur returns from a jousting tournament to fetch his brother's sword, that his true identity and the mystery of his royal destiny are revealed.
In this re-telling of a story at the heart of Arthurian legend, Robert Sabuda shares his artistic gift with beautiful stained glass artwork that subtly evokes the context of the story.
- Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 8.85(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Simply put, this book is an artistic CLASSIC, and is a must have in anyone's home library. The artwork is quite wonderful and its beaury stems from the rich, stain-glass window illustrations which the the artist, Robert Sabuda, uses to facilitate his re-telling of Mallory's storyline of a young boy who eventually becomes the famous King Arthur, via the sword-in-the-stone legend. The lustrous artwork resembles old-world cathedral stained-glass panels & the depiction is most outstanding (and the recurring kitty-cat is loads of fun for all cat lovers)