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When enemies lay siege to her father's castle, young Guinevere braves the perils of the local forest to seek help, paving the way for a fateful meeting with King Arthur and the fulfillment of the prophesy of her childhood. Reprint. SLJ.
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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.From School Library Journal:
Grade 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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