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Merlin And The Dragons (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Jane Yolen

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ISBN 10: 0613104390 / ISBN 13: 9780613104395
Published by Turtleback
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Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2603443504

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Title: Merlin And The Dragons (Turtleback School & ...

Publisher: Turtleback

Binding: School & Library Binding

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When young Arthur is troubled by dreams, Merlin tells him a story about a fatherless boy, who dreamed about dragons and the defeat of the evil king Vortigern.

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Grade 3-5?Drawing once again upon Arthurian legend, Yolen has created a stirring tale within a tale. Young Arthur wakes one stormy night from uneasy dreams and seeks out the company of Merlin. Sensing the boy's readiness to learn of his legacy in claiming the crown he wears without conviction, Merlin tells him of another fatherless boy, Emrys, who dreamed baffling dreams of dragons and crumbling stone towers. When the cruel Vortigern attempted to take over all of Britain, Emrys's dreams became prophetic and catalytic. Merlin ends his tale cryptically, as a certain knight advances toward Vortigern's tower. When Arthur cries out for a proper ending, Merlin draws him into the story and it becomes revelatory?at last he is able to call the crown his own. Yolen goes beyond her sources?folklore and history?and moves expertly into the realm of invention. Matched with arresting oil paintings, the legend comes alive on a grand scale, the dramatic narrative and well-wrought dialogue heightening the theatrical effect and inviting a fast-paced read-aloud. Some of Ming's illustrations are magnificent, those of the dragons in particular. One can sense this talented artist's respect for these creatures as he brings them fully to life?terrifying, violent, beautiful. So, too, does he paint Arthur with great sensitivity, a figure bathed in light, his face complex, thoughtful, and full of wonder. Although all the pictures serve the story well and elevate the drama, some seem a bit flat and overexplicit, without the pulsing life and radiance that characterizes those that are invested with emotion and are remarkable for their power.
Susan Powers, Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, Chevy Chase, MD
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