It was surprising that a plot containing a dragon didn't have much action or suspense. The story was about the growth of Artos's character. He was feeling like the forgotten child in the family and wanted to be welcomed by his three brothers. The dragon's teachings gave him confidence, and he was clearly more intelligent than the other boys. Even as Artos became closer to his brothers, he realized their differences.
He had more compassion for others and cared about their feelings. In the end, this short story left me wanting more. The last pages of the book introduced the next phase of Artos's life, and I suspect it would have made an entertaining tale. Oct 12, Johan Barrios rated it really liked it. If I had to sum up he main character in one word than that word would be persistent. I would call the main character persistent because when he first met the dragon the main character was very scared but he always came back to talk to the dragon and receive some wisdom.
What did the writer do to catch your interest? Jul 25, Juushika rated it liked it Shelves: Artos, foster son at a distant castle, encounters a dragon who offers him the gift of knowledge. This is fairly slight, in both conceptual and length; the plot isn't surprising, and it's not a hugely ambitious retelling of Authurian mythos. But it speaks well to the intended audience--sometimes in bald moral statements, but Artos's character growth is approachable and sympathetic.
I also enjoy how Yolen handles historical fiction, how she balances the romanticized and unromanticized, the lived e Artos, foster son at a distant castle, encounters a dragon who offers him the gift of knowledge. I also enjoy how Yolen handles historical fiction, how she balances the romanticized and unromanticized, the lived experience and the mythic tone.
Aug 27, Gale rated it really liked it Shelves: Thirteen-year-old Artos, the orphaned fosterling of Sir Ector, finds himself the youngest of a band of unruly, illiterate but nobly-bred bullies—who barely accept him. In danger of growing up to be one of the wild bunch one day Artos stumbles upon a case who very existence he did not suspect.
Unwilling but ever more curious he soon becomes drawn to its unseen occupant: For reasons best known to himself this Master of Riddles has chosen young Artos to reveal his wisdom--acquired over more than one lifetime. In this page novella Artos gradually realizes that there are many kinds of wisdom—from diverse and even contradictory sources—some of which he must puzzle out for himself. Christened with a new, mysterious patronymic epithet Artos must ultimately mature in order to don with dignity the surname of Pendragon—son of the ancient dragon whom he has finally grown to respect and even to love.
The literary pacing changes in the last two chapters, where plot and action become secondary to more serious dialogue. Yet we can never get enough insight into the creator of the dream of Camlann—a shining milieu which has captured the imagination of Western civilization for centuries—from the twilight of the Roman era right up to our present age.
I welcome dialogue with teachers. Artos is a lonely and regularly teased boy in the castle of Sir Ector. One day he is tasked with chasing down a dog that has run off- and somehow ends p in a mysterious cave where he meets a dragon that offers him wisdom. Despite his fear, Artos becomes the dragon's student and learns things he never imagined. Atros receives wisdom of all kinds from the dragon, but still wants to be recognized as a worthy fri The Dragon's Boy by Jane Yolan is a children's chapter book in the Arthurian tradition.
Atros receives wisdom of all kinds from the dragon, but still wants to be recognized as a worthy friend by the other boys of the castle. Many lessons need to be learned, in many different ways, to complete the learning required of Artos Pendragon. I am firmly of the opinion that Jane Yolan is an author that would have to put serious effort into writing something that isn't wonderful. Combine that with my love of Arthurian legends, and The Dragon's Boy could not lose.
I liked that Artos was a young man that new his mind, and thanks to the wisdom of 'the dragon' and his own common sense, saw through most of the faults of the other boys. However, like most going through the preteen and teen years, he still wanted to fit in even when the crowd was doing something he did not want to be a part of. The book offers a coming of age ideal with the hints of adventure soon to come.
The twist of the dragon and possibilities for the future really made the book even better. The Dragon's Boy is a book that I would recommend to all readers that love Yolan's work, have a love of Arthur, enjoy coming of age tales, and enjoy stories about being true to yourself. I really enjoyed this book, and the experience was made even better with the personal history of Yolan and some of her photographs that were included at the end of the book. Nov 10, Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it. Young Artos lives in Sir Ector's castle and is shoved around by the other boys.
One day, while tracking down a wayward hound, he discovers a cave that has a dragon living in it. The dragon offers him wisdom in exchange for pots of gravy and meat. It's a grand tale of young King Arthur with some familiar characters. He doesn't become king by the end of this book, but he's well on his way to understanding how to lead people. He gains some understanding of himself and the people around him as well. I enjoyed it and found it clever and engaging. The character of Artos changes quite a bit over the short length of the book and Yolen is a masterful storyteller.
There are some nice surprises in the lessons that Artos learns throughout the book.
Included in the ebook is a note by the author about how the book got written along with a nice personal history of Jane Yolen with photographs. According to the author, she has a sum of books of If you've never read anything by her, you owe a look at her work. I was given a review copy of the book by Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you for letting me review this book. It's similar to the Disney movie "The Sword In the Stone" but it reshapes things like Merlin and that sword in subtly different ways. For such a short book, there's quite a large twist at the end, but it's an interesting one. Sick of being bullied by the older boys at Sir Ector's small castle, Artos is happy to find a dragon who offers him wisdom in exchange for pots of gravy with meat. Artos complies, and learns, but soon is able to take his place with the other boys and ignores the dragon and its wisdom for a while. Of course, Artos eventually wants the dragon's help, but what he finds there is not what he expects.
The combat system is fast and sharp, but also repetitive, and because there is so little in terms of story and characters, there are few reasons to replay the game once the short adventure is over. Dec 29, Mark Buxton rated it liked it. Apr 18, Robin rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The platforming aspect was a little stiff in general, but barely noticeable.
This is a short story, so we don't see how Artos incorporates his hard-earned lessons, but they are good ones, presented in novel ways. If you are a fan of King Arthur mythology, you'll enjoy this quick reimagining of how he gained the wisdom to become great. Received as a free digital ARC via Netgalley and the publisher. Apr 09, Kimbolimbo rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I checked this out for my nephew because I was tired of reading his Animorph reviews.
Now that I have finally read it I feel embarrassed that I pushed this book on him. Not one of Yolen's best. It wasn't a bad book really, but when reading it as if I was 9 years old I realized that it was a very confusing and dull book. The language and subject matter was more for a teen-ager. So my gripe might be more with the library system for putting in the Juvenile section when it should have been put in th I checked this out for my nephew because I was tired of reading his Animorph reviews.
So my gripe might be more with the library system for putting in the Juvenile section when it should have been put in the Young Adult section. So, one thing I could not tell was whether this book was pro- or anti- Christianity. And was it pro- or anti- the existence of dragons?
I am not sure. A fantasy book that included Christian references and faeries but twisted it all up in such a way that it made me wonder what the motivation for this book might really be since it wasn't fun and exciting and creative enough to be a purely a fantasy book about dragons. Slowly Artos begins to rethink his world and his place in it, just as he finally wins the respect of larger knights-to-be who have been pummeling and teasing him for years. This is a great book to hand to readers who can handle advanced vocabulary but aren't ready for mature content or middle school boys.
A short read that ca year-old Artos stumbles across a cave while searching for Sir Ector's hound, and the thundering voice of a dragon ropes him into stew in exchange for wisdom each week.
A short read that can easily be mistaken for an early reader, Yolen's story is an original tale of King Arthur that gives a nod to the traditional stories and preserves the same flavor, but has almost none of the same events. A good story in its own right, it would make for good classroom discussion on how it compares to the original legends as well. Sep 22, Pamela rated it liked it Shelves: A good, solid reworking of the Arthur mythos.
I have immense respect for Jane Yolen and her massive!
So with The Dragon's Boy. I really enjoyed the thoughtfulness and depth of the meditations on wisdom and belonging, but the story still felt too short. It's really more of a novella. If only this had A good, solid reworking of the Arthur mythos. If only this had been a hundred pages longer I received an ARC of a new edition of this book originally published years ago from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Feb 24, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: What to do about books for younger readers who can manage adult words and aren't ready for adult topics? This is an interesting possibility, if not a must read. Yolen's take on the Aurthur legend is original and doesn't avoid fifty-cent words, yet the content is completely appropriate for the second grader I read this to. There's a tinny bit of sword play, rich allusions, and no real peril, violence, or evil. Unfortunately, the ending didn't seem to satisfy my seven year old too open ended and What to do about books for younger readers who can manage adult words and aren't ready for adult topics?
Unfortunately, the ending didn't seem to satisfy my seven year old too open ended and too big a stretch from what seemed to be coming , and I thought the final chapter was too melodramatic, too vague and too pat - if it is even possible for an ending to be all three at once. While I don't regret it, I think I'll look for other things next go around. I did not know Jane Yolen, so this the first book of her's I read. This is a charming tale about the boy Artos and his longing for more from life. Old Linn wants to give it to him but chooses a unique way of doing so. Artos discovers a cave in a lonely tor with a resident dragon.
This is an old fashioned page turner that you will not want to put down till the end. Oct 27, Theresa rated it it was amazing. The Dragon's boy by Jane yolen Artos Pendragon is learning to be a night, a foundling that has been raise in Sir Ector's Beau Regard castle, but finding a secret cave leads to unexpected knowledge. His friendship with this new impressive friend changes his life forever.
Teaching him lessons that will help him be accepted by Cai, Lancelot, and Bedvere the other apprentices of the castle. A great story to share with your students who are struggling with coming of age conflicts. Jane Yolen is a grea The Dragon's boy by Jane yolen Artos Pendragon is learning to be a night, a foundling that has been raise in Sir Ector's Beau Regard castle, but finding a secret cave leads to unexpected knowledge.
Jane Yolen is a great children's author whose stories teach life lessons to children in a story that allows the reader to explore their view of the world. A full review is available at my blog: Overall, I think this would be a nice book to introduce younger readers to the Arthurian legend. Artos is a protagonist that tweens and early adolescents should be able to relate to and sympathize with.
In final analysis I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I liked reading it, but it could have bee A full review is available at my blog: I liked reading it, but it could have been better. Apr 20, Lorraine rated it did not like it Shelves: Very disappointing read, entirely too short even for a child's book. Soon Joe's mum and dad woke up with a shock, because the dragon was not there. They asked Joe where it was, but he did not answer. A few years later Joe's parents had forgotten about the dragon.
As Joe fed the dragon it got bigger and bigger. One day a knight came to the forest, he saw Joe feeding the dragon. The knight threw his arrow at him. The dragon saw the arrow going towards Joe and he looped down towards the arrow, grabbed it with his mouth and chucked it over the bush to save Joes life. Joe and dragon were friends for ever. Over the years the dragon grew into an adult, and so did Joe. Joe became a brave knight and the dragon, who was called Barbara, was always by his side.
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