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Arthurian Legends: A Bulletin
--selected by Debra Mitts Smith
This month's Dozens features adaptations of the tales of King Arthur
and his Court. Included in this selection are the classic retellings of
Howard Pyle and T. H. White, while other entries provide new insights
and look at the tales from different perspectives. We hear from Arthur's
mortal enemy and son, Mordred, as well as from some of his knights. And
behind all of them one senses the machinations and sorcery of Merlin.
So have your readers polish their armor, saddle their chargers, and ride
off to the lists!
- Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Arthur: The Seeing Stone. Levine/Scholastic,
2001. Gr. 7-10
Through the means of an obsidian stone, Arthurian legend intertwines with
the life of Arthur de Caldicot, a 12th century boy living on the Welsh Borders.
- Howe, John, ad. The Knight with the Lion: The Story of Yvain.;
ad. and illus. by John Howe. Little, 1996. Gr. 4-6
Follow Yvain as he defeats the Black Knight, breaks a promise, is banished,
goes insane, saves a lion, and recovers the favor of his true love. (BCCB
- Lister, Robin, ad. The Legend of King Arthur; illus. by Alan Baker.
Doubleday, 1990. Gr. 5-7
Fourteen tales feature the Knights, the Ladies, and the King of the Round
Table. (BCCB 9/90)
- Morpurgo, Michael, ad. Arthur, High King of Britain; illus. by
Michael Foreman. Harcourt, 1995. Gr. 6-9
In order to prove his identity, King Arthur tells a young boy the tales of
his court. (BCCB 5/95)
- Morris, Gerald. The Ballad of Sir Dinadan. Houghton, 2003. Gr.
Some sons of noblemen relish the thought of being a knight. Some, like Dinadan,
a would be minstrel, don't. (BCCB 4/03)
- Morris, Gerald. Parsifal's Page. Houghton, 2001. Gr. 6-10
Parsifal wants to be a knight of the Round Table. Parsifal is, however, a
bit rough around the edges, short of great deeds, and in need of more than
a good suit of armor. (BCCB 4/01)
- Paterson, Katherine, ad. Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight.
Lodestar, 1998. Gr. 7-12
Parzival's bucolic existence changes when he meets three knights. (BCCB 5/98)
- Pyle, Howard, ad. The Story of King Arthur and his Knights; ad.
and illus. by Howard Pyle. C. Scribner's & Sons, 1903. Gr. 5-8
Arthur's rise from page to king, his marriage to Guinevere, and the establishment
of the Roundtable are retold in this first of four volumes of Arthurian tales.
- Pyle, Howard, ad. The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur;
ad. and illus. by Howard Pyle. C. Scribner's & Sons, 1910. Gr. 5-8
Various stories including Sir Geraint's adventures, Sir Galahad's quest for
the Grail and Arthur's final battle.
- Springer, Nancy. I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot. Philomel,
1998. Gr. 7-12
See Camelot through the eyes of Arthur's illegitimate heir and mortal enemy.
- Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the
Knights of the Round Table. Dutton, 1981. Gr. 6-10
Love and war, loyalty and treachery, quests and magic are interwoven in the
fabric of Arthur's kingdom. (BCCB 1/82)
- White, T. H. The Once and Future King. Putnam, 1939. Gr. 8-12
"The Wart walked up to the great sword for the third time. He put out
his right hand softly and drew it out
- Yolen, Jane. Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur.
Harcourt, 2003. Gr. 6-9
To prove he is the rightful King of all Britain, Arthur need only remove the
sword from a stone. But what if someone else removes it before him? (BCCB
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