Merlin and the Dragons

Merlin and the Dragons


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Young King Arthur, troubled by nightmares, doubts he is the rightful king of England. One rainy night, the wizard Merlin tells Arthur the story of dueling dragons and a fateful clash between good and evil, which reveals the surprising secret of the boy king's true legacy. Li Ming's arresting oil paintings breathe fire into this magical offering from Jane Yolen."The legend comes alive on a grand scale, the dramatic narrative and well-wrought dialogue heightening the theatrical effect and inviting a fast-paced read-aloud." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140558913
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 472,693
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. All of Yolen's stories and poems are rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate paper-cut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

Li Ming is an illustrator whose works include Merlin and the Dragons. 

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Merlin and the Dragons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sprowse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young King Arthur is having nightmares and he can't seem to get rid of them. He goes to Merlin for comfort and Merlin tells hims the story of Emry. emry was a fatherless boy who could fortell the happenings of the world, from the arrival of the first spring robin to the disappearence of the sun from the sky. One day the evil Vortigern came to Emry's village and proclaimed hiumself king and that the townspeople will build him a tower. Arthur learns of his heritage and what it means to be a king.I loved this story. Yolen takes the folk tale of King Arthur and tells the part of the tale where it is revealed to Arthur who he really is. The language is well chosen and used, and the illustrations are carefully and tastefully done. Merlin and the Dragons is for readers ages 8 and up. Adults will surely enjoy reading Merlin and the Dragons as much a kids will love being read to. At the start of the book, the author provides a small summary of the tale of Arther and Uther Pendragon. Merlin and the Dragons will spark young readers interest in folk tales and old stories, as well as provides an excellent starting place.
SDando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of my favorite picture books so far, and one I would buy for my own collection. The illustrations and text worked wonderfully together. The text is geared towards a more advanced picture book reader, but perhaps one who is not quite ready for chapter books. I really liked this modern interpretation of the history between King Arthur and Merlin.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book by Jane Yolen is an excellent introduction to the world of King Arthur. The story is shared by Merlin to a young Arthur whose sleep has been disturbed by dreams. The pictures are excellent and the story is well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this book for years! This has been one of my family's favorite childrens books. The images are gorgeous and the story is both exciting and historically interesting. Kids can learn about King Arthur, Merlin, dragons, knights, the Middle Ages, and they can enjoy a fantastic adventure. I've read to a whole group of Renaissance campers and they loved it! Beautiful beautiful book!