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The Story of King Arthur & His Knights (Classic Starts) Hardcover – Abridged, March 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co.; Abridged edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402725345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402725340
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6–This simplified retelling of the Howard Pyle classic is accessible to readers who might not be able to handle the lengthier legends. The author maintains some of the charm of the original by using extended chapter titles such as How Arthur Performed the Miracle of the Sword and Discovered His Birthright. A concluding chapter suggests several questions for discussion. What is missing is the beautiful, though complex, language of other retellings. Additionally, the author takes a slightly moralistic tone at times when addressing readers. Though reluctant readers may have an easier time with these stories, they might not be engaged enough to want to approach the originals later on. Librarians and teachers might want to recommend audio books or some of Margaret Hodges's picture-book versions of the King Arthur tales (Holiday House) instead of this watered-down adaptation.–Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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More About the Author

Tania Zamorsky is the author of six children's book adaptations for Sterling Publishing's "Classic Starts" series. A former lawyer, Tania used to spend a great deal of time writing things like "allegedly" and "res ipsa loquitor" (and taking Tums). Now working in public relations, she writes a lot of pitches -- and convinces other people to write about her clients. She is currently seeking representation for an original children's book series. While she also writes adult fiction and non-fiction, she will always have a special place in her heart for children's literature--as well as for Sterling Publishing, which gave her her start and trusted her with the re-telling of such time-honored and classic tales.

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I'm hoping by reading these he will want to read the original classics when he's older.
Jennifer Bridgewater
The illustrations stay in the style of the story and the language is accessible without talking down to its young audience.
Kat-homeschooling mom
I read this book to him, and my three year old daughter, a couple pages at a time and they loved it.
Ryan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By RL on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this for a 10 year old and he devoured it. It covers the story of Arthur in a way that is easy for 10 year old, but not overly simplistic. Great tone and pace. All of these "Classic Starts" books introduce kids to some of the all time great stories in an interesting way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kat-homeschooling mom on March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This sturdily contructed hardcover classic adaptation is an excellent addition to a young reader's library. The illustrations stay in the style of the story and the language is accessible without talking down to its young audience.
We have a growing collection of the "Classic Starts" books. Love this series. They are keepers for our homeschooling library. My older kids can easily read them on their own or to their younger siblings.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bsparkle on February 6, 2010
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I was very impressed with this book...a great read for my 10 year old grandson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yoshay on November 12, 2013
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The whole series of Classic Starts is extremely well written for young readers. My son loves it so much that he is hooked on to classics. I am indeed thankful for these versions and how they can provide an abridged versions of such voluminous works to one that catches a young reader's interest. I recommend the whole series of Classic Starts to all children who want a head start into classic reads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omalichaife on April 14, 2014
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Exactly what I expected! Would buy again if I had to. No issues with this. Kids love it and so do I!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Tarbox on January 14, 2013
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Our 6 yr old granddaughter loves the story. We bought three of the classics and will probably buy even more.
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By Gretchen M. on July 11, 2014
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Way to make the best story in the world horribly boring.
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By cf364 on July 11, 2014
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Bought it for my 10 year old cousin who loved it!
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