Mark Sperring The Sunflower Sword

ISBN 13: 9781849390576

The Sunflower Sword

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A charming story in which making friends turns out to be more fun than fighting.

In a land filled with fire and smoke and endless fighting, where knights fight dragons, there lives a little knight who wants to be big like the others, and fight like the others, and have a sword like the others. But his mother won't let him. Instead of a sword, she gets him a sunflower, which, as it turns out, is powerful enough to stop a war.

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About the Author:

MARK SPERRING previously worked at a printers and in a bookshop before turning his attention to writing. He is fast becoming an established picture book writer.

MIRIAM LATIMER studied Art Foundation at Middlesex University, and then went on to study for an Illustration degree at The University of West England, Bristol. Since graduating in 2006, she has written and illustrated several picture books, all of which have been translated into other languages around the world. She is married and lives with her husband in Devon.

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PreS-Gr 2-In this charming tale, an unnamed little knight with a colander on his head dreams of being big and brave enough to conquer the dragons who inhabit his "land filled with fire and smoke and endless fighting." He asks his mother for a sword. When she wonders why he wants one, he explains with a smile, "To whoosh and swoosh in the air." Instead of handing over a deadly weapon, she gives him a sunflower, and the intrepid lad resigns himself to pretending it is a sword. He climbs Dragon Hill whooshing and swooshing his sunflower, slaying imaginary dragons along the way. Suddenly he is confronted by the real thing. The fearsome monster spies the flower in the boy's hand and takes it from him, thinking the young knight wants to be friends. Soon all of the knights in the land are inspired to lay down their weapons, bringing peace to the community. The cheerful patchwork illustrations painted in bright, springtime colors add touches of humor to the story. The mother wears a rather modern floral print dress with a fashionable scarf around her neck, suggesting that the land of dragons and knights exists only in her son's vivid imagination. Children will appreciate the idea that fighting is not the best alternative and that an enemy can become a friend.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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