Merlin and the Making of the King by Trina Schart Hyman
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A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.
 

About Trina Schart Hyman

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Katrin Hyman Tchana has collaborated on two previous titles with her mother, Trina Schart Hyman, The Serpent Slayer: and Other Stories of Strong Women and Sense Pass King: A Story from Cameroon. Before becoming an author she served in the Peace Corps and lived all over the world. Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) illustrated numerous award-winning titles throughout her career, her favourite always remaining Little Red Riding Hood. She knew from the age of four that she would grow up to be an illustrator. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in Lyme, New Hampshire.
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Holiday House. 39 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No matter: what young readers will see is each page bordered in illuminations of flowers, strawberries, holly, and each picture reflecting the tale as it is told in images as rich and limpid as the text.

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A coy portrait of Guinevere, for instance, substantiates Merlin's claim that "this lady will bring you grief" and facing blood-red panels lay out the battle scene as Mordred and Arthur race toward each other from across the gutter, "a hundred thousand knights lying dead around [them]."

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