The Storybook Knight, Helen & Thomas Doherty, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016.
There are not enough words to express how excellent this children’s book is. The writing/illustrating duo of Helen and Thomas Doherty, who were behind The Snatchabook, bring this gentle tale about a knight and his books.
Leo is a knight-in-training who prefers his books to the sword. His parents urge and urge him to set the books aside and become a “real” knight.
Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read.
Leo is unlike any other knight. While the other knights prefer to fight, Leo just wants to read. His parents are concerned with all his reading. In an attempt to help him branch out, they send him out to tame a dragon, armed with a shiny, new shield and sword.
Leo also takes a stack of books.
On his journey, Leo encounters a Griffin and a Troll. Instead of fighting, though, Leo reads them a book, which he leaves with these creatures. Once he finally comes face to face with the dragon, Leo has the perfect book to read. The dragon likes it so much, Leo reads it to him six times. It leads to the dragon helping to clean up the mess he left in the village.
The message is clear.
Leo is a real knight. He chooses diplomacy over violence. The power of books can end violence. Peace and understanding can be found through sharing in books. It’s a metaphor that should remind us all – young and old – that books have the power to transform lives.
On their website, the publisher is offering some free resources. This includes a downloadable activity kit and an educator guide. Click here to assess the resources.
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