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Tales of King Arthur (Usborne Classics Retold) Paperback – January, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Series: Usborne Classics Retold
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd; Revised edition (January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794514839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794514839
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Eshbach on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I use this book as the last thing I do with my 7th graders. They study the Middle Ages in social studies and this is a great cross-curricular activity. My students are restless and ready to be out of school for the summer at this time of year, but they LOVE this book. Many, many of my reluctant readers tell me every year how much they enjoy this book - even if they have always hated reading.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sylvio on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book, while accessible to young readers, has beautiful illustrations and concise language that contain much of the spirit behind the arthurian legends. A sublime reading experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy H. Slagter on June 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This retelling of Arthurian legend is spellbinding. My eight-year old is completely entranced by this book, and he's been talking about it with his friends at school. What I like best about it is that it's very accessible without feeling "dumbed-down" for a younger audience; the feel of the original is intact. Highly recommended, as are other titles in the "Usborne Classics Retold" series (Treasure Island is another favorite here).
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For those who've had no introduction to the Legend of King Arthur, this is a fantastic place to start. It relates several different short stories, each with an accompanying black-and-white illustration, which flesh out the characters around Kind Arthur and his knights.

The stories are short enough that you don't get a solid handle on the characters before they are left behind, (for example, Merlin pops in briefly for a paragraph or two in a handful of stories, but that's it), but this is an excusable flaw as there are so many stories packed into such a quick book.

It is age-appropriate, with very little graphic violence (considering most of the tales involve sword fighting) or detailed innuendo (although there are a few references to knights discovering children of which they weren't aware - implying they hadn't married the child's mother - however these would probably go right over a child's head).

Overall, an impressive book for its size and scope and one I'd recommend to any parent or teacher who'd like to expand their child's knowledge of the classic tales of King Arthur beyond Disney's 'Sword in the Stone'.
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