Young Guinevere

Young Guinevere

by Robert D. San Souci, Jamichael Henterly
     
 

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Set in Medieval Europe, this is Robert San Souci's magical tale of Guinevere—from her childhood to her marriage to King Arthur. When Guinevere's father's castle is besieged by invaders, she must travel through the forest and cross the perilous river in search of young King Arthur. Their fateful meeting leads to the fulfillment of Guinevere's destiny and her…  See more details below

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Set in Medieval Europe, this is Robert San Souci's magical tale of Guinevere—from her childhood to her marriage to King Arthur. When Guinevere's father's castle is besieged by invaders, she must travel through the forest and cross the perilous river in search of young King Arthur. Their fateful meeting leads to the fulfillment of Guinevere's destiny and her betrothal to King Arthur.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The romantic story of the girl who would become King Arthur's queen has "all the ingredients prized by fantasy aficionados," said PW; however, the tale "occasionally becomes self-consciously weighty." Ages 6-10. (Nov.)
Children's Literature
This tale of Guinevere begins when she is a young child under her father's loving care. It emphasizes her independent nature, as she explores the forbidden woods surrounding her castle home. Guinevere shows strength and courage when she realizes that she alone can brave the forest to bring the message of war to King Arthur, her future husband. Guinevere's successful mission saves the kingdom for Arthur, and the two fall in love. The book ends as Guinevere leaves her father to marry the king. A postscript tells readers that there is much more to this story; that Arthur and Guinevere do not live happily ever after. This story of Guinevere's youth is told in a compelling way, with lush illustrations that enhance the text. The full-page drawings showcase the beauty and mystery of this timeless tale.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Hardly a junior Mists of Avalon (Ballantine, 1985), this large picture book pays welcome attention to a female figure--the central female--in the Arthurian cycle. The motherless daughter of a king, Guinevere spends her maiden days embroidering or wandering in the forest with her bow. She shoots a wolf, then discovers and treats the shape-changing, wild boy she has wounded. Later the wolf/boy helps her evade a siege of her father's castle, escape a dragonlike beast, and seek aid from the court of King Arthur. Arthur falls in love with her, but she overhears Merlin warn him that their marriage could be disastrous. When the young king decides to take that risk, the story ends happily, with Guinevere riding off to her wedding. (A postscript summarizes the later developments in her story.) Henterley's illustrations are traditional and romantic, rich in color and detail, although the figures are sometimes a bit stiff or flat. The decorative elements, drawing on Kells-period design, and the spot illustrations, modeled on the Bayeux Tapestry, are particularly successful. The appeal of the pictures should lure readers to this book, which may in turn springboard a few to more complex treatments of Arthurian material. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440412915
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 11.07(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile:
AD1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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