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The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur Paperback – December 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823410633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823410637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3 Up-- While this tale is retold in most adaptations of Arthurian legend, it is not readily available in a single, lavishly illustrated version such as this one. The story is of Gareth of Orkney, Gawaine's brother, who hides his identity to serve a year as a kitchen boy in King Arthur's court, and his quest to the Perilous Gard in the company of Linette, who also hides her identity and reviles him throughout their journey to rescue her sister, Linesse. He falls in love at first distant sight of Linesse, who checks him out by kidnapping his dwarf, but decides he's worthy and agrees to marry him. There is a lot more to the story, of course, and Hodges gets in all the essentials that Malory included, leaving out some unexplained characters and repetitive battles. She also leaves out Gareth's comment that he doesn't listen to women, anyway. Just as well, even though it's a comment appropriate to its time, and quite telling about chivalry. Linesse's testing of a man who saved her life may be understood to be wise in a time when women were kidnapped and treated as property. The loose ends tend to be Malory's own. This does not tell in quite the straight line of Gawaine's adventure with the loathly damsel, told also by Chaucer's Wife of Bath. Hyman's richly romantic illustrations are lush watercolors, framed and broken with framed insets for closeups and framed text inside the panoramic picture. The format is horizontal, capturing the sweep of the story. While not a tale of King Arthur, it's a wonderful taste of Arthurian legend, hopefully whetting young appetites for more. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Dramatic...A beautifully illustrated medieval story." (Booklist )

"A grand tale in a handsome edition." (Kirkus Reviews ) --Booklist

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Excellent book for use during any medieval or knight study.
D.F.
In addition, Trina Schart Hyman's wonderful illustrations add yet another level of pleasure to the story.
Marco Antonio Abarca
This book is a worthwhile retelling of the Arthurian tale of Gareth and Lynette.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am a hardcore Trina Schart Hyman fan, so this book is just another in my collection of her art work. The pictures are stunning. My kids spend hours looking at the pictures. The Red night, blue night, black night theme does get a little old though. The story is about a strange man who comes to King Arthur to ask three favors. After a year, the stranger sets off to free a princess trapped in a tower. He has to face many knights along the way and proves his worthyness in doing so.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on June 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This isn't my favorite Arthurian legend, but the book has marvellous illustrations. The story does capture your child's imagination -- what semi-noble would work in the kitchen for a year? Why is the lady so cantankerous? Will Sir Gareth ever lose his composure?

It's an odd little legend, but my knight-in-shining-armor son eats it up. Beautiful illustrations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on February 23, 2009
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The King Arthur stories are foundational stories to which all young children should be exposed. Unfortunately, some authors take the approach of compressing the many stories into one volume. This approach has the value of consistency but unfortunately strips out a lot of the meaning of the stories. A better approach is to take the individual stories and re-work them so that young children can understand them.

The story of the "Kitchen Knight" is one of the best stories in the Arthurian cycle. Unforutnatley, it is also one of the stories with so much odd detail. Margeret Hodges does a beautiful job of boiling down the story to its essential parts. In addition, Trina Schart Hyman's wonderful illustrations add yet another level of pleasure to the story. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By karenzia@prodigy.net (karenzia@prodigy.net) on October 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for a report in my British Literature class. The assignment was to find a children's book related to the medieval period. I read it and enjoyed it thoroughly. The text is easy to follow and the pictures are great. Great book for any child, boy or girl.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D.F. on April 20, 2002
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Excellent book for use during any medieval or knight study. Fourth grade boys in particular would love this book, however, any student in elementary would enjoy the book. The illustrations are very good. Younger students may need the book read to them. Goes along with King Arthur studies and tales.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Robertson on March 11, 2013
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I bought this book because my son is interested in this time period. He's nearly 8. This book is basically written in the style of Old English...but only partially. It was very difficult to read to him, and nearly impossible for him to read and comprehend. We stopped a few pages in because I was spending way too long trying to explain it and the story wasn't even compelling enough to continue, anyway.
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Great book to introduce children to the tales of King Arthur and his knights. The illustrations are fantastic, sure grab the attention of any kid.
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By S. Kase on October 15, 2013
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We named our son after King Arthur so I am building a collection of stories for him when he is older. This is good one-beautiful pictures too!
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