The Sword In The Stone

The Sword In The Stone

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"Learn. That is the only thing that never fails."--Merlyn the Wizard

Before there was a famous king named Arthur, there was a curious boy named Wart and a kind old wizard named Merlyn. Transformed by Merlyn into the forms of his fantasy, Wart learns the value of history from a snake, of education from a badger, and of courage from a hawk--the lessons that help turn a boy into a man. Together, Wart and Merlyn take the reader through this timeless story of childhood and adventure-- The Sword in the Stone .

T.H. White's classic tale of the young Arthur's questioning and discovery of his life is unparalleled for its wit and wisdom, and for its colorful characters, from the wise Merlyn to the heroic Robin Wood to the warmhearted King Pellinore.

Golden Kite Honor artist Dennis Nolan has loved The Sword in the Stone since childhood, and he imbues White's tale with magic and mystery in his glowing illustrations. Readers who know Arthur or are meeting him for the first time will delight in this beautiful rendering of one of the greatest stories of all time.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 1993.
ISBN: 9780399225024
Branch Call Number: WHI
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Nolan, Dennis 1945-- Illustrator


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Jul 16, 2019

This is my favorite book I've ever read.

Dec 02, 2017

Really awesome. I found some places really funny but not in a cheap way. The entire book was interesting, maybe less in an action way but just in content.
And who doesn't want to read about King Arthur and Merlyn?

Jul 17, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this, after having seen the Disney adaptation circa the 1990's when I was very young. The language is rich and the book is chalked full with great lessons or at least thought-provoking ideas. A fun read!

May 30, 2013

what I want to know is, is this story in full, included in the once and future king or is a person missing out on vital story telling by not reading it first...?

Jul 25, 2012

The writing is very rich. I had never read the book and am now reading it aloud to my first grader. He is interested and listens well, but we have to stop and try to explain some things. He accepts a lot of me telling him that "I don't know what that means" because honestly there are many vocabulary words I don't know. I think we will end up reading it again and listening to the audiobook. But, I am thoroughly enjoying the book and my son asks for it. A person can learn a lot about castle life, knights, and old style hunting, hawking, etc. in this book. It's very insightful. As an adult, I would thoroughly enjoy reading this book just for myself.


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Jul 10, 2012

THE SWORD IN THE STONE is the story of the early years of King Arthur. Nicknamed "Wart," the future King Arthur is squire to a knight when he meets Merlin the magician, who promises to take on his education. Merlin turns him into a fish, a bird, and a squirrel to teach him lessons like the importance of brains over brawn. He gets to see this in action when Madame Mim, Merlin's enemy, challenges Merlin to a duel by magic, and, though she cheats, Merlin is able to defeat her. Wart still has his duties as a squire, and, having forgotten the sword for a jousting match, he runs to get it. He sees a sword stuck in a stone and pulls it out, not knowing the legend that whoever will pull the sword out of the stone will be the rightful king. He becomes King Arthur, and listens when Merlin reminds him that knowledge is the real power.

SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

Young Arthur is trained by the magician Merlin in the knightly pursuits of falconry, jousting, hunting and sword play. He is even transformed by his tutor into various animals, so that he may experience life from all points of view. All this is in preparation for the day he is destined to draw a magical sword from a stone and thereby claim the throne of England.

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