Earlier this week, I featured Cheryl Carpinello’s historical fiction for children King’s Ransom. And here’s another one by this enjoyable author. Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend is the story of young Guinevere and her friendship with Cedwyn. She knows the important role she will have to play one day as Queen but for now is happier playing with her best friend. She has encounters with real and mythical animals and generally enjoys running free. However, that can’t last, as she knows, but when the time comes for her to be married to Arthur, she prefers to run away than give up her freedom. But trying to feed herself soon loses its appeal and it’s up to Merlyn to help her reconcile herself to becoming Queen soon. Maybe it won’t be so bad after all.
Cheryl Carpinello fills in part of the Arthurian legend that we don’t hear about. It’s a ‘before they were famous’ look at Guinevere, and it’s sweetly done. A book for all children, girls may enjoy it more than boys with such a feisty young heroine to identify with.
This book is a sensitive combination of education and enjoyment and children will learn more about history and legend as well as be thoroughly entertained.
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