Merlin and the Making of the King

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A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.

A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.

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Overview

A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.

A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.

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Publishers Weekly
The creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning Saint George and the Dragon gracefully present three Arthurian legends, adapted from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Presented in an elegantly designed volume that recalls illuminated manuscripts, the retellings benefit from Hyman's India ink-and-acrylic compositions, framed by elegant gold-leaf borders (which also encompass the text), and floral decorations that vary with each story. (A concluding artist's note credits their inspiration as the 16th-century Italian Farnese Hours and the 14th-century English Luttrell Psalter.) Hodges crystallizes the main events into fluid prose. In the first and strongest of the three chronicles ("The Sword in the Stone"), she tells of how young Arthur fulfills Merlin's prophecy ("Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England") and how he comes to possess Excalibur. In the subsequent tales ("Excalibur" and "The Lady of the Lake"), the author introduces characters fast and furiously, but Hyman's full-page and panel illustrations help to clarify the events. A coy portrait of Guinevere, for instance, substantiates Merlin's claim that "this lady will bring you grief" and facing blood-red panels lay out the battle scene as Mordred and Arthur race toward each other from across the gutter, "a hundred thousand knights lying dead around [them]." The holly vines that frame this last episode make subtle reference to the tale's Christian roots. A compelling introduction to the Arthurian legend. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This exquisite book is a wonderful way to meet Merlin and his protege, Arthur, the once and future king. It is an equally pleasurable way to revisit an old favorite story. Ms. Hodges looks back to the earliest known version of Sir Thomas Malory's 15th century LeMorte d'Arthur as the source for her graceful and spare retelling. The whole story takes fewer than 40 pages. The brief book is divided into three segments: "The Sword in the Stone," "Excaliber," and "The Lady of the Lake." Each segment has its own glorious seasonal border with blue spring flowers emerging from a bulb, lush summer strawberries with their blossoms and hovering butterflies, and robins perched on twining winter holly with stags beneath. Initial letters are illuminated, adding to the medieval feel. Ms. Hyman's luminous artwork was inspired by the Farnese Hours (Italian, 1546) and the Luttrell Psalter (English, 1335-1340). Thus, the book looks as one would wish a medieval book of Arthurian legends to look. The reteller and illustrator have worked together on other books of Arthurian legends as well as the book, Saint George and the Dragon, a Caldecott Medal winner. Ms. Hyman, who has illustrated more than 150 books, died at the age of 65 in November 2004. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 9 to Adult.
—Janet Crane Barley
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-This is a straightforward, expertly streamlined retelling of three popular Arthurian legends: "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," and "The Lady of the Lake," based on the Winchester College manuscript of Sir Thomas Malory's work. With its fairly simple vocabulary and succinct style, the lyrical narrative can be enjoyed if read independently or in a group setting. The truly distinguishing feature of this book is Hyman's detailed, colorful acrylic artwork, which works so well at conveying the action of the stories. In keeping with the feel of a medieval illuminated manuscript, each page has an attractive, elaborate border partially painted with gold ink that glows with all the richness of gold leaf. The initial letter of each tale is beautifully embellished, also contributing to the antique style of the book. Pair this with the author and illustrator's Saint George and the Dragon (Little, Brown, 1984) for another exemplary look at British legends, stunningly illustrated.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A perfectly beautiful small volume by the wizardly team of Hodges and Hyman. What is magical about this retelling of three stories in the Arthurian legend is that the language is simple and lucid enough for young children without diluting the power of the telling. Hodges bases her text on the Winchester manuscript of Sir Thomas Malory, and Hyman credits both the Luttrell Psalter and the Farnese Hours with her inspiration. No matter: what young readers will see is each page bordered in illuminations of flowers, strawberries, holly, and each picture reflecting the tale as it is told in images as rich and limpid as the text. The first tells of Arthur's parentage and birth, and his pulling of Excalibur from the stone, and his coronation. The second of his marriage to Guinevere, the treachery of Morgan le Fay, and the power of Excalibur. The third recounts Arthur's last battle and his journey to Avalon. A wonderful addition to the inexhaustible riches of Camelot. (author's note) (Folklore. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823416479
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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