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Tales of King Arthur: Excalibur (Books of Wonder)

by Hudson Talbott

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British kingship has long been known, which is why this recount of King Arthur and the Round Table sticks to the tradition. Hudson retells the story of King Arthur's journey after retrieving the Pendragon sword from the stone that no one else could pull out. The style of Hudson's writing seemed to be more formal than most picture books. It seemed a bit too wordy for young readers. The themes may have been difficult to follow along with for students who are below a third grade reading level.
King Arthur originally cared more about his pride than leading his people. He was too stubborn to realize that the quests he pursued were reckless and put his country in danger. After he finally retrieved the Excalibur sword, he put his pride aside and decided to serve his country with dignity. This teaches readers that you, one day, have to grow up and take on responsibilities whether you are ready or not. ( )
  srmorgan | Feb 16, 2016 |
Talbott's King Arthur is a great book to introduce British literature to children. I loved the illustrations. ( )
  mosbor | Sep 22, 2014 |
I love reading anything about King Arthur because I have just always loved the legend. There are many different retellings and this is one retelling I have not heard of. ( )
  atlomas | Mar 4, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688133800, Hardcover)

When the young Arthur pulled the sword from the stone and became High King of all Britain, he didn't realize that an even greater task lay ahead: that of uniting his country behind him. Wielding the great Pendragon sword, Arthur leads his men to victory in the Battle of Bedegraine. Afterward, his knights disperse in pursuit of individual glory and Arthur stays behind, listening wistfully to the older knights' tales of daring and heroism. All the time he wonders, Why can't I go questing as they have?

But soon he does discover a quest of his own, and despite the warnings of his adviser, Merlin, he sets out to challenge the rebellious warrior King Pellinore in a fight that could prove to be his downfall.

In this third volume of his Tales of King Arthur series, Hudson Talbott continues the thrilling story of the young king begun in The Sword in the Stone and King Arthur and the Round Table, showing Arthur's struggles to become a king not only in name but to the depths of his being.

Exciting scenes from the days of chivalry and heroism burst from every page, from Arthur's encounter with Pellinore to his meeting with the mysterious Lady of the Lake, guardian of the splendid sword Excalibur. Hudson Talbott's masterful storytelling and dramatic paintings will enthrall fans of his previous books and win many new ones besides.

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The young King Arthur asks for and receives the noble sword Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake and promises to be deserving of it through acts of valor.

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