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Old 07-06-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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King Arthur Read-Aloud

Thanks to a video game, my son Aran has become ultra-interested in King Arthur and the knights of the round table. I pointed out that the video game was very different from the original stories, and he naturally asked how. I told him a few of the stories, but this was a challenge--I'm not an Arthurian authority--and he wanted yet more and more. Finally I surfed around and discovered LE MORT D'ARTHUR was available free for Kindle download. Perfect! Save me a trip to the library, and I could keep it as long as I wanted!

I read the first chapter to him (how Arthur became king) and expected him to say that was enough, but he demanded the next chapter (the origin of the round table) and the next (the finding of Excalibur). Aran is autistic and rarely wants to read further than chapter one in anything.

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Old 07-06-2009, 11:44 PM   #2
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That's brilliant.. What fun to find something that engages your son so enjoyably and you get to learn something too!
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You might like to try T.H. White's "The Once and Future King", which is a re-telling of the Arthurian legends. I don't know if it's available as an eBook, I'm afraid.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:08 AM   #4
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... or "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." That has appeal to young and old alike!

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Old 07-07-2009, 07:52 AM   #5
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There's also John Steinbeck's "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights".
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And don't forget the Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead!
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:09 AM   #7
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And there's Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" - if he likes to hear poetry read aloud. Several Kindle editions.
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And there's Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" - if he likes to hear poetry read aloud. Several Kindle editions.
... plus the illustrated versions I've uploaded here, of course .
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... plus the illustrated versions I've uploaded here, of course .
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And let's not forget Marion Zimmer Bradley's very original retellings of Arthurian legends, most famously - "The Mists of Avalon".
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Tolstoy's 'The Quest for Merlin' and 'The Coming of the King'.
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There are also a lot of Arthur-related books, poems and images at The Camelot Project of the university of Rochester:
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So much Arthur, so little time!
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So much Arthur, so little time!
Enough for a childhood and on.............
Many of these types of books are immortal b/c we keep coming back to them at all ages.
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Most of the Arthurian books that have been mentioned are certainly not children's books!
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