Not just anyone can be a knight, and this spell-binding collection of action- packed stories from around the world will show you why. From the familiar court of King Arthur to the distant realm of Prince Vladimir of Kiev, this enticing collection reveals that being a good knight is harder than it may seem. Not only are a brave heart and a strong arm required, but it is also necessary to know your own weaknesses, learn to cooperate with others and even, at times, have a good sense of humor!
Giovanni Manna brings his warm, colorful characters to these adventurous tales that are sure to delight young would-be knights across the land.
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John Matthews is a master storyteller and draws from his wide experience of folk tales to find stories that will be new to many young readers. He is the author of numerous highly-acclaimed books on Arthurian legends and Celtic mythology, and has co-written a number of books with his wife Caitlin. This is John's third book for Barefoot, joining The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins (1999) and The Wizard King & Other Spellbinding Tales (1998). Giovanni Manna's distinctive illustrative style has been exhibited worldwide, and in 1996 he won first prize at Italy's Chioggia International Exhibition. This is Giovanni's fifth title for Barefoot Books, joining First Morning: Poems About Time (2001), Someone I Like: Poems About People (2000), You and Me (2000) and The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins (1999). He currently lives in Bologna with his wife and daughter.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5-This book introduces Tom, a 10-year-old who is beginning his training at a castle, gives some historical information about knights and knighthood, and then returns to the boy. There is almost no real story line to his experiences. Certain events, such as disliking kitchen work, prompt Master William to tell a story to assist him in understanding the role and behavior of knights. All of the tales are adaptations of knight tales from around the world and all of them teach a lesson. This is not the best introduction to chivalry, knighthood, or the folklore surrounding it. The author does give sources but these are not the best adaptations available. The illustrations are quite stylized. In color, with some good detail, they often have an odd perspective. Characters seem to be always looking out of the corners of their eyes and their faces are a strange shape. Too many angles create an uncomfortable feeling. There are many great books on knighthood and many great collections of folklore representing this period in history, making this one unnecessary in most libraries.
Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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