Knights of the Round Table [NOOK Book]

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imagine a mythic kingdom in England of wizards and witches, fire-breathing dragons, and dreadful giants. Who can rule this magical land? Who can overcome the powers of evil? It is the destiny of King Arthur and his noble knights, who protect and serve the people of Camelot. A perfect introduction to the Arthurian legends.


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Overview

imagine a mythic kingdom in England of wizards and witches, fire-breathing dragons, and dreadful giants. Who can rule this magical land? Who can overcome the powers of evil? It is the destiny of King Arthur and his noble knights, who protect and serve the people of Camelot. A perfect introduction to the Arthurian legends.


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Retells the exploits of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Part of the "Bullseye Step Into Classics" series, Gross offers a simplified but quite enjoyable account of the tale of young Arthur pulling the sword from the stone and becoming the King of England, followed by tales of the exploits of knights such as Lancelot and Sir Gwain. The glory days of the Round Table come to an end and King Arthur slays his archenemy Mordred and is himself mortally wounded. But the book closes with a note of hope that should he be needed Arthur will come again. An excellent selection for beginning readers, reluctant readers and adults learning to read English. 1993 orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Short chapters relate Arthur's pulling the sword from the stone, Lancelot overcoming the fiery-mouthed dragon, Morgan Le Fay scheming to usurp the throne, Gawain marrying the monster Ragnall to save Arthur, the kitchen knight concealing his identity and Mordred's treachery leading to Arthur's ``death.'' Omitted is Guinevere's adultery. Carelessly, Big Hands is described as hurrying off without sword or shield. However, on the next page, the Black Knight's spear ``brushed Big Hands' shield'' and Big Hands subdues the knight with his sword! Hurled spears instead of gripped lances in every episode are anachronisms. However, the grade three reading level and large print puts these time-honored adventures within reach of children wanting background related to the latest screen version long before they can manage Howard Pyle or Sir Thomas Malory's editions. The simple vocabulary retains the spirit of the courtly heroics and the colorful pomp of the medieval circumstances. Utilitarian gray pencil and charcoal drawings coordinate closely with the narrative. Both half- and full-page illustrations will lure browsers. Pat Harrington, Phoenix Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307771605
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/16/2011
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 220,608
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 340L (what's this?)
  • File size: 6 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    I think that Knights of the Round Table, by Gwen Gross, is a goo

    I think that Knights of the Round Table, by Gwen Gross, is a good book.  It’s an adventurous story because there are a lot of great battles.  This book is scary because there are almost deaths within the story.  It’s sad because someone dies at the end of the last story.  It’s both scary and exciting at the same time because there are lots of great battles in most of the stories.  This is why you should read Knights of the Round Table and you should read it at night, because it is a good bedtime story.  (Aiden) 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I need this book

    I need to read this book. It looks interesting

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    This introduction to the Arthurian legends for children before t

    This introduction to the Arthurian legends for children before they can manage Howard Pyle or Sir Thomas Malory's editions contains short chapters which tell about the sword in the stone, Lancelot and the fiery-mouthed dragon, the beautiful witch Morgan Le Fay with her scheme to usurp the throne, Sir Gawain’s marriage to the ugly Ragnall to save Arthur, the kitchen knight known as “Big Hands” who rescues the Lady Linness, and Mordred's treachery leading to the last battle. Readers are asked to imagine a mythic kingdom in England of wizards and witches, fire-breathing dragons, and dreadful giants. Who can rule this magical land? Who can overcome the powers of evil? It is the destiny of King Arthur and his noble knights, who protect and serve the people of Camelot.
    In the Preface, the author writes, “Was there a real King Arthur? People who study the past think there was. They know only a little about him. He ruled in England about fifteen hundred years ago. He won many battles. And he was a king no one could forget.” Of course, what little we know about the real Arthur is quite different from all the legends that grew up around him, but the legends have become part of our English literature and still deserve to be studied. Many of those legends contain a great deal of immorality, such as Guinevere's adultery, which is not appropriate for young children and is thankfully omitted in this book. The simple vocabulary with large print and the gray pencil and charcoal drawings will appeal to early readers.
    One of the biggest complaints about this book was the bad grammar with a lot of sentence fragments which make the narrative choppy. "For seven days King Arthur and Sir Gawain rode through the land. They asked the riddle of every woman they met. Young maidens with flowers in their hair. Mothers carrying their babies. Poor women tending sheep by the road. Rich ladies covered with jewels. Some said that women wanted beauty. Some said love. Or wisdom. Or children. Or riches. Or Adventure. Or truth." I noticed this in reading it aloud. While one wouldn’t hold the book up as a model of sentence structure, it could be argued that the stories are written in the same style with which we often speak to express emotion and inflection of voice. The book is apparently available in two editions. Someone suggested that the Bullseye Classics version is without what some see as the horrendous grammatical errors, whereas the Stepping Stone edition is thought by them to be quite poorly written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2010

    A Great Book

    My favorite book is Knights of the Round Table. I like the book because it is more fun. I also like it because it is full with action. I like how they gave you facts in addition to the nonfiction parts. I would recommend this book to children that like action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2010

    The knights were great!

    My favorite book was The Knights of the Round Table. I liked this book because there is a war in the last chapter. The book is adventurous also. It's also very magical. I recommend this book if you like knights and wizards

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    This is a great book!

    I think all kids should read it. There was a lot of action. I thought that it was exciting. I learned about all the different knights. I would recommend this book because there were different mysteries and short stories. King Arthur had some and the knights had others. You should buy this book because you could learn about Camelot.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    good book

    this book is awesome and its suitable for ages like 8,7,6 witch im not but I usto love this book when I was young.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    A good book

    This book is good for someone who likes knights, magic, and kings. I enjoyed this book very much! The story is about a king that lived in a spooky wood with his knights. He had became king when he drew the sword out of the stone. It wasn't hard for him at all. When he fought in battles he always won, even if it was very hard, he always won. He alaways loved his castle. He had a good life until one day in a battle he died. Only one of his knights were still alive. This book was good, but I would not recommed it for early readers. I hope you like this book very much!!!!

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