Monday, July 30, 2007

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight

as told by Michael Morpurgo; illustrated by Michael Foreman

This is a wonderful prose retelling of the medieval poem. The cover illustration, of a knight slaying a dragon, suggests that this is going to be a simple version of the tale, for primary-grade students. However, the text is true to the original and deals with Gawain's temptations in a very straightforward way (including the scenes where Gawain is tempted by the Lord's alluring wife). I found myself glossing over passages as I read aloud to my first-grader but would recommend it for middle school and up, adults included. I absolutely loved it.

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