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Talbott, Hudson.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Lancelot is welcomed into the court of King Arthur as a valiant fighter and later rescues Queen Guinevere, fights the tournament at Astolat, and pursues other adventures.
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Central Library PZ8.1.T133 LAN 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Elma Library PZ8.1.T133 LAN 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Orchard Park Library PZ8.1.T133 LAN 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Lancelot is welcomed into the court of King Arthur as a valiant fighter and later rescues Queen Guinevere, fights the tournament at Astolat, and pursues other adventures.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. A clean and energetic rendering of the life of Lancelot, in language full of sound and spirit. The Lady of the Lake rescues the royal child Lancelot when his parents die fleeing their burning realm. She raises him in Avalon, and when he's 18 and has the "grace of an angel and the intensity of a panther," she brings him to Arthur to be made a knight of the Round Table. As Queen Guinevere's champion, he rescues maidens from two hideous giants, and saves Guinevere from Sir Melegrans. He rescues first the fair Elaine and then her father's kingdom from a great dragon, but when he returns under Elaine's colors to fight at Camelot, he so fears his love for Guinevere that he runs away to forget even his own name. Saved by Elaine and the Grail, Lancelot marries her and presents their baby son, Galahad, to Arthur. The finely rendered watercolors range from misty gorgeousness to satisfyingly gruesome blood and guts, and the stories are told simply without eviscerating their power. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Talbott continues his retelling of the "Tales of King Arthur." He begins with Lancelot's birth, his adoption by the Lady of the Lake, and his preparation for presentation at King Arthur's court. Accounts of Lancelot's daring adventures as a knight-errant-slaying dragons and rescuing fair damsels-follow his induction into the knighthood. The story continues with Lancelot's discovery of his love for Guinevere. Ashamed to have betrayed his king's trust by falling in love with his wife, the knight flees to the forest and lives in a state of madness. After a time, he is rescued by Elaine the Fair, who restores him to normalcy. In gratitude, Lancelot marries her and when their son, Galahad, is born, they present the child to the King and Queen. Here the book ends, which may leave readers to believe that they all lived happily ever after. The bold, dramatic, full-page watercolor illustrations are similar to those in the earlier titles in the series, with one jarring exception-the picture of Galahad's presentation at court is almost cartoonlike. This retelling, a series of episodes strung together without much of the complex background found in Malory's retellings, may leave adults questioning the value of trying to present the legend to such young children. Perhaps it's better to wait until they can read a fuller account, such as Howard Pyle's The Story of Sir Lancelot and His Companions (S & S, 1985; o.p.).-Virginia Golodetz, Children's Literature New England, Burlington, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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