Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris
Morris, Gerald. The Adventures of Sir Gawain The True. Houghton Mifflin. 2011. 14.99. 9780547418551.
Oh, Gerald Morris. You had me at "You don't think that just because you saved my life we're, you know, in love or something, do you?"
Sir Gawain the Undefeated was just that and while he didn't lack courage, King Arthur also wanted his knights to learn how to be kind and courteous. Shortly after Gawain's less than stellar encounter with a lady and a dragon, (but no tattoo) King Arthur reminds his nephew, and the other knights, that chivalry is NOT dead! Sir Gawain is having none of it, I mean, he doesn't want to be called Sir Gawain the Love Doctor now does he? But, alas, we follow Sir Gawain and watch as he moves from a steadfast belief that "might makes right" to thinking carefully not only about situations but about the people involved in them. If you don't know anything about King Arthur, no worries, Morris takes the legend and brings it to an understandable and easy-to-grasp level. This would be perfect in a classroom. It's only 118 pgs and includes adventure, friendship, battles, and trickery all covered in a healthy dose of humor. I can see it as a read aloud. I'll be picking up the other two books in the The Knights Tales and you should too!