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5.0 out of 5 stars The virtues of faith in God and the mercy of the Savior Jesus Christ are a crucial theme in Perceval's epic story.
Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy Grail is a picturebook retelling of the legend of Perceval, written by Jungian therapist John Perkins and superbly illustrated with full-color, Renaissance-technique paintings by award-winning artist Gennady Spirin. Perceval is fairly text-heavy for a picturebook, and is therefore ideal for young readers who not only love...
Published on September 6, 2007 by Midwest Book Review

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adventure
This is a beautifully illustrated composition telling the classic tale of a young Percival and his becoming a knight of note in the court of King Arthur. It is penned in such a manner as to be most excellent as a bedtime story for children but I would not condemn the book to the torments of being on the child's own bookshelf until they were at least 12 to teens because...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The virtues of faith in God and the mercy of the Savior Jesus Christ are a crucial theme in Perceval's epic story., September 6, 2007
This review is from: Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy Grail (Hardcover)
Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy Grail is a picturebook retelling of the legend of Perceval, written by Jungian therapist John Perkins and superbly illustrated with full-color, Renaissance-technique paintings by award-winning artist Gennady Spirin. Perceval is fairly text-heavy for a picturebook, and is therefore ideal for young readers who not only love fantastic tales but also are nearly ready to make the transition to chapter books. The legend of Perceval itself is a humbling story, at its core about how there is more to being a knight than embodying the virtues of chivalry. The virtues of faith in God and the mercy of the Savior Jesus Christ are a crucial theme in Perceval's epic story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful retelling of an ancient tale, December 22, 2007
This review is from: Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy Grail (Hardcover)
I read this book and enjoyed it very much. It's presented in a clear, flowing style which makes it very easy to follow along with, but still has a substantial underlying message which is revealed, piece by piece, in an exciting way as the book progresses. The illustrations are beautiful, and the preface and note at the end help to put this story into a perspective and explain its message.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Suited for Older Children or Young Adults, April 26, 2009
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This book is a retelling of Chretien de Troyes', "The Story of the Grail" written in 1190. The character of Perceval made his first appearance in Chretien's romance. The story of King Arthur's greatest knight was soon advanced in a number of other romances that quickly followed. As a literary creation, Perceval is so appealing because the hero grows from a childish fool into a serious man and finally a wise and humble knight.

John Perkins is a Jungian therapist who studied with Joseph Campbell. He understands the mythological value of the tale and does a very good job of retelling the story. Gennady Spirin's elaborate illustrations add visually to the book. The production values of this book are very high.

My one caveat is that this is not a book for young children. Perceval's journey along the heroic path is a profound story and requires a fairly high level of maturity to understand. This is a great book for a child who can search for deeper meanings in a story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adventure, July 24, 2013
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This is a beautifully illustrated composition telling the classic tale of a young Percival and his becoming a knight of note in the court of King Arthur. It is penned in such a manner as to be most excellent as a bedtime story for children but I would not condemn the book to the torments of being on the child's own bookshelf until they were at least 12 to teens because of the quality of the tome, the artwork and overall presentation.

I ordered the book for research on a project I'm doing and while it did not offer a great amount of research it certain clarified the life and times of Sir Percival vs. my wading through the original Poem that bares his name.
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3.0 out of 5 stars solid text, less so illustratoins, August 17, 2011
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The illustrations of the book do not advance the text by stimulating the imagination. My eyes just didn't want to wander deeper into the story beyond the surface of the illustrations; while the colors and design were engaging, the features of the human faces seemed stiff and flat, perhaps seeking to duplicate medieval illustrations, but if so, the attempt fails, and the story is left, unaided, to fend for itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations., September 10, 2014
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I haven't shared this with my kids yet. I bought it to go along with Barbie dolls in Medieval Dress. I like the Knight's tale. It has a very good moral. The illustrations are plentiful, colorful, and quite accurate in their detail. I bought it as a used book and the price was terrific and the book in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent packing. Book arrived safe and sound, July 22, 2014
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"Much nicer book than expected. Excellent packing. Book arrived safe and sound. Highest recommendation for this seller. Thank you!"
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Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy Grail by Gennady Spirin (Hardcover - March 1, 2007)
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