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The Knight Who Was Afraid to Fight

by Barbara Shook Hazen

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This is a very funny story of a brave knight who is afraid of the sight of blood. He is in love with a beautiful princess but there is a big brute that dislikes him and tries to expose the fact that he isn't as brave as he seems. The brute challenges the knight to a duel but the brute loses because of the knights thoughtfulness.
This is a great story to teach students that bravery isn't always about how well you can fight, sometimes it's about using your brain. ( )
  TamaraSmith | Apr 22, 2013 |
I thought this was a very sweet book about a knight who does not like the sight of blood or fighting. ( )
  atlomas | Apr 10, 2012 |
The knight who was afraid to fight is a story of a Knight who is afraid to fight. The antagonist is a man who returned after exiling himself from the kingdom he goes by the name Melvin the Miff. Melvin notices that Sir Fred is afraid of blood. Melvin pulls several sill pranks on Sir Fred. Melvin also puts Sir Fred’s relationship with his true love in jeopardy as Melvin insults Lady Wendylyn. Lady Wendylyn realizes that her true love may be a coward and forces him to fight for her honor. Melvin the Miff has evil intentions as he poisons his sward and places killer bees to sabotage Sir Fred. The night before Lady Wendylyn realizes what she has done and sends Sir Fred a mirror and a good luck coin. Melvin the miff loses the battle and gets a taste of his own medicine. Sir Fred admits his weakness to Lady Wendylyn and she realizes that she has made a mistake. They both agree that their love is stronger than disagreement and Lady Wendylyn admits she was being silly. ( )
  Mitzi.Galvez | Jan 23, 2012 |
This story begins with a long back in the days of knights where Sir Fred was the bravest and boldest of them all who impressed fair Lady Wendylyn. This made Melvin the Miffed the castle bully, very jealous. He watched Sir Fred and found that his sword was merely grass stained, and recalling he chased dragons out of castles by tickling their tails instead of killing them. He thought Sir Fred was afraid of blood and fighting. Melvin tricked Fred by putting red ketchup onto his nightcap stirring rumors about his lack in bravery. The lady wanted to test his boldness and asked for the best and highest rose which he pricked his finger on and fainted. After a dual with Melvin, Sir Fred bluntly told his Lady that it’s true he is afraid of blood and does not like to fight. She ended up being happy that he told her, and she loved him for who he was. ( )
  haleyg | Sep 7, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803715919, Hardcover)

Sir Fred is bold, brave, and beloved by Lady Wendylyn, which enrages Melvin, the castle bully. Suspecting that the gentle knight is really afraid to fight, Melvin challenges him to a duel. They meet on the jousting field, where the two knights charge at each other, with hilarious results. Full color.

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Sir Fred, considered to be the bravest knight in the castle, fears for his reputation when a jealous bully tries to expose his secret fear of fighting.

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