Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
(Essential Modern Classics)

70%

5 Critic Reviews

Though he doesn't convey White's delectable humor, he does a fine job of visualizing the setting and capturing the warmth between the ancient wizard and the boy who will be king. A handsome new edition of a classic well worth revisiting.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

"Learn. That is the only thing that never fails."—Merlyn the Wizard

Before there was a famous king named Arthur, there was a curious boy named Wart and a kind old wizard named Merlyn. Transformed by Merlyn into the forms of his fantasy, Wart learns the value of history from a snake, of education from a badger, and of courage from a hawk—the lessons that help turn a boy into a man. Together, Wart and Merlyn take the reader through this timeless story of childhood and adventure—The Sword in the Stone

T.H. White's classic tale of the young Arthur's questioning and discovery of his life is unparalleled for its wit and wisdom, and for its colorful characters, from the wise Merlyn to the heroic Robin Wood to the warmhearted King Pellinore.

Golden Kite Honor artist Dennis Nolan has loved The Sword in the Stone since childhood, and he imbues White's tale with magic and mystery in his glowing illustrations. Readers who know Arthur or are meeting him for the first time will delight in this beautiful rendering of one of the greatest stories of all time.

 

About T. H. White

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T. H. White is the author of the classic Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King, among other works.
 
Published January 1, 1900 by Armada Lions. 288 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Westerns. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

Though he doesn't convey White's delectable humor, he does a fine job of visualizing the setting and capturing the warmth between the ancient wizard and the boy who will be king. A handsome new edition of a classic well worth revisiting.

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Nov 23 2012

The Sword In The Stone is a wonderful and moving book. It is perfect for children interested in myth and legend and for any children who love fantasy, adventure and humour.

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Huffington Post

Above average
on Mar 05 2010

The Sword in the Stone was the first part in a quartet of Arthur novels by White, collected as The Once and Future King (this is a reference...it's simply infectious, English magic at its finest.

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Common Sense Media

Above average

But for experienced readers and listeners,it's worth the trouble; surely there can be no version of the Arthurian cycle more beautifully written, warm-hearted, and affectionate, nor one containing a more appealing child.

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A Book and a Hug

Above average

A story of honor, of wisdom, of brilliant humor that will reach deeply into those who are open to its wonder.

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