The Legends of King Arthur: No Ordinary Boy - The Legends of King Arthur: Merlin, Magic, and Dragons (Paperback)Tracey Mayhew (author)
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Book 1 in the series of Arthurian legends - retold at an easy-to-read level for younger readers!
All Merlin knows is the village where he mixes potions for wary customers, and dreams strange dreams that sometimes come true. Then a mysterious hooded man appears, seeking a boy with no mortal father, and Merlin is taken far away, to a crumbling tower and a ruthless king. To a place where his is not the only magic.
About The Legends of the King Arthur series:Epic battles, thrilling quests and forbidden love combine in the medieval story of the boy who would be king. A retelling of the Arthurian legends, adapted and illustrated to introduce children aged 7+ to classic folklore. Great to share aloud, just like the original tales. All titles have been leveled for classroom use, including GRLs.
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 102 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 8 mm
With short chapter and large black-and-white illustrations, this series makes a traditional tale accessible for a young audience by organizing events from Arthurian legend into short episodes. The narrative employs dialogue and a fast pace to further engage readers.
Eight-year-old Merlin, drawn as a white boy with short brown hair, is an orphan abandoned by his human mother and demon father. Although young, he already possesses healing and prophetic powers. Unexpectedly, he is summoned by King Vortigern.
As a group of knights escort Merlin on his journey, he wishes he could be loved and admired like them, rather than judged with fear and suspicion. He soon meets Magan, the King's advisor, who is a druid with magical abilities.
This king wants to build a tower, but his efforts are repeatedly ruined as the earth rumbles and the tower collapses. Magan says the sacrifice of Merlin's blood will solve the problem. Merlin's vision, however, tells him that two dragons living in a lake beneath the mountain are what is making the tower fall. When the king drains the lake, the dragons come out and fight each other. One dragon dies, and several people are killed in the conflict as well. Magan acknowledges Merlin's capabilities and wants to take him to Avalon to train with the druids.
At the book's conclusion, Merlin foresees that King Vortigern will not defeat his enemies, but the ruler who comes after him will - a boy named Arthur Pendragon.
This traditional chapter book may open a door for readers to invite them to tackle more complex versions of the classic legend.-- School Library Journal
This transitional chapter book may open a door for readers and invite them to tackle more complex versions of the classic legend. - About No Ordinary Boy: The Legends of King Arthur, Book 1 -- School Library Journal
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