Knight Crusader

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Knight Crusader

by Ronald Welch

illustrations by William Stobbs

Age: 12+

Interests: knights, crusades, history, medieval history, war, adventure, violence

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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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The Tale of Despereaux

released: 2008

rated: G

length: 93 min.

age: 6+

interests: mice, rats, castles, princesses, cooking, updated fairy tales, adventure

Next: read the book!

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The Door in the Wall

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1950

The Door in the Wall

by Margeurite de Angeli

Age: 9+

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, knights, castles, religion, overcoming physical handicaps

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A Dictionary of Chivalry

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1968

A Dictionary of Chivalry

by Grant Uden

illustrations by Pauline Baynes

Age: 9+

Interests: history, British history, knights, medieval history, war

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Adam of the Road

Adam of the Road

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1943

Adam of the Road

by Elizabeth Janet Gray (aka Elizabeth Gray Vining)

Age: 8+ (read to); 9+ (independent reading)

Interests: history, medieval times, British history, knights, castles, dogs, travel, adventure

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The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

by Kenneth Grahame

originally a chapter within the 1898 novel Dream Days; later published on its own

Holiday House: 1938

1966 edition: 55 pp.

Age: 6+ (read to); 8+ (independent reading)

Interests: dragons, knights, revisionist fairy tales, non-violence

Also by this author: The Wind in the Willows

Next: The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit

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Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1985

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Selina Hastings, text

Juan Wijngaard, illustrations

Walker Books, 1985

24 pp.

Age: 8+

Interests: knights, King Arthur, medieval history, magic

Next: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by same author/illustrator

Also: Saint George and the Dragon, The Kitchen Knight: a Tale of King Arthur, and Merlin and the Making of the King, all by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman

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Horses in Battle

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1975

Horses in Battle

by Victor Ambrus

Oxford, 1975

39 pp.

Age: 10+

Interests: nonfiction, history, horses, war, knights

Also by this author: The Three Poor Tailors, Mishka, Drawing Animals, Drawing on Archaeology

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Sleeping Beauty (1959)


Rated: G

Length: 75 min.

Age: 4 and up.                      Commonsense Media sez: iffy for ages 4/5

Scary Factor: no real danger until the climax, when Maleficent turns into a dragon to battle the prince (scene is relatively brief)

Intense Scenes: far more suspense and chills than outright scares – Maleficent is wonderfully threatening; scene in which Aurora pricks her finger on the spindle is eerie and enthralling.

Bad Behaviour: Boozing – the two kings drink endless toasts to each other and a minstrel gets quietly sloshed under the table.

Language:  “fools! idiots! imbeciles!” barked by Maleficent at her underlings; she also mentions the powers of “hell”

Interests: fairy tales, princesses, knights, castles, dragons, magic, fairies

Next: Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Thumbelina

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Saint George and the Dragon

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1985

Saint George and the Dragon

Trina Schart Hyman, illustrator

text retold by Margaret Hodges

New York: Little, Brown, 1984

32 pp

ages 5 +

Interests: fairy tales, knights, dragons, princesses, quests, castles, British history, saints

Next: King Arthur stories, more about St. George

Also by this illustrator: Rapunzel, The Serpent Slayer; and Other Stories of Strong Women

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