Publisher: Ideals, Nashville, TN
Publication Date: 1991
Illustrator: Illustrated by Heyer, Carol
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition
Fine in a NF DJ with very minor bump to top front corner DJ; INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR with a drawing of a sword, on the ffep, in gold ink. Great, lavish illustrations; First; Ivory cloth; Oblong 4to; DJ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 17869
Synopsis: Based on the writings of Mallory and illustrated with Heyer's distinctive artwork, Excalibur provides youngsters with the real story behind King Arthur's sword, and offers the same timeless lessons in chivalry learned by the young king during his quest so long ago.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-- In her retelling of the story of Excalibur from Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur , Heyer makes some minor alterations, such as changing Sir Pellinore's name to the Black Knight. She also eliminates the ``holdeth's'' and ``hadst thou's'' of Malory's 15th-century prose. She makes a mistake, however, in attempting to show the underwater home of the Lady of the Lake, turning this magical kingdom into an exercise in drawing brightly colored fish that surround the decidedly unmagical-looking castle in the background. Otherwise, her dark and brooding pencil and acrylic illustrations work well with the text. While the book has some flaws, Heyer does an adequate job of presenting a young Arthur, unsure of himself and heavily dependent upon Merlin. A good starting point for younger readers not quite ready for Pyle's The Boy's King Arthur (Scribners, 1989) .
-George Delalis, Oakland Public Library, CA
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