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The Christmas Knight

The Christmas Knight

by Jane Louise Curry, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Illustrator)

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Carolyn Phelan
Citing a fifteenth-century manuscript as her source, Curry tells the tale of Sir Cleges, a good knight who celebrated each Christmas by opening his castle to all and feasting with the poor. Falling upon hard times, he's forgotten by those he helped, but he thanks God for chastening him. A miraculous gift of cherries in winter secures him an audience with King Uther, and Sir Cleges' own cleverness enables him to punish the king's dishonest servants. Dubbing him the Christmas Knight, King Uther makes him the lord of Cardiff Castle, bidding him "to feast the homeless and hungry and poor in the king's name." Told with clarity and style, this is one Christmas story that relies more upon wit than sentimentalism for its appeal. Warm in hue, rhythmic in line, and rich in narrative detail, the colorful illustrations make "merry old" medieval Wales an inviting time and place. A good Christmas read-aloud, even for kids beyond the usual age for picture books.

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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