The Sword In The Tree

Paperback | May 3, 2000

byClyde Robert Bulla

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In the days of King Arthur there stood a mighty oak tree within the walls of a castle. Peace reigned in the castle until the fearsome night when Lionel, longlost brother of Lord Weldon, returned to cause trouble and unhappiness.

It was then that Shan, the son of Lord Weldon, took on the duties of a knight and hid the sword in the hollow of the giant oak. The days that followed were filled with adventures that tried the courage of the young boy.

Shan was surprised by bearded robbers in the woods. He met noble knights in plumed helmets, and eventually he even made a trip to high-towered Camelot. His story is filled with the pageantry and color of England in King Arthur's time. It creates a vivid picture of the Knights of the Round Table and the wisdom of King Arthur himself.

Mr. Bulla captures the spirit of those romantic days in a straightforward, exciting manner. The result is another delightful book for his wide audience of young readers. Paul Galdone's vigorous illustrations are as evocative as the text.

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In the days of King Arthur there stood a mighty oak tree within the walls of a castle. Peace reigned in the castle until the fearsome night when Lionel, longlost brother of Lord Weldon, returned to cause trouble and unhappiness.It was then that Shan, the son of Lord Weldon, took on the duties of a knight and hid the sword in the hollow...

Clyde Robert Bulla is the author of over fifty books for children including The Secret Valley and The Story of Valentine’s Day. He has been writing since 1946 when he published his first book, The Donkey Cart. Mr. Bulla was the first recipient of the Southern California Council on Children’s Literature award for distinguished contribut...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.22 inPublished:May 3, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064421325

ISBN - 13:9780064421324

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Medieval Easy Reader Clyde Robert Bulla was one of the best authors of books aimed at the beginning reader; chapter books that range within the second grade level.  This book is listed as 2.2.  A rich, detailed historical story of a Lord whose knight brother kills/scares off the family so he can take over the property and become Lord of the estate himself.  The plot contains several crisis and resolutions before the initial one is solved, making for a compelling, exciting story all of which is written with a limited vocabulary.  Not many authors can accomplish this with the early chapter book but this was Bulla's element and you'll find nothing better at this reading level.  I always thoroughly enjoy this story, and it has actually been quite a number of years since I last read it that it came quite fresh to me this time.  Paul Casale's illustrations cannot fail to be mentioned; lovely, detailed, shaded pencil (perhaps charcoal) sketches.  A classic that deserves to be kept in print for each generation.
Date published: 2014-02-18