King Long Shanks by Jane Yolen

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In this uproarious froggy version of the popular fairy tale, King Long Shanks is swindled by two shrewd tailors--they convince him their magic cloth is visible only to honest and loyal subjects. Taken in by the tailors’ trickery, King Long Shanks marches proudly in a parade wearing nothing but his bare green skin! It takes a young tadpole with a mind of his own to utter the truth that everyone else is afraid to speak.
 

About Jane Yolen

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JANE YOLEN is the author of more than two hundred books for children and adults. She has won some of the highest honors in children's literature, including the Golden Kite Award and the Christopher Award. Ms. Yolen lives in western Massachusetts and Scotland.VICTORIA CHESS has illustrated several notable books for children. She lives in New Preston, Connecticut, and Cadenet, France.
 
Published March 15, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Morgause sends three of Gawaine's brothers back with him to Arthur's court under a diplomatic pretext, and Merlinnus, learning that one of Morgause's sons intends to assassinate Arthur, manufactures the tale of a sword lodged in a block of stone (which, of course, will prove Arthur's fated place ...

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Morgause feels that her 17-year-old son Gawaine belongs on the throne of England, in what PW 's starred review called "a spellbinding twist on the Round Table legend."

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This amphibian Emperor's New Clothes is "likely to please," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)

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