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Merlin and the Dragons

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  194 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Young King Arthur, troubled by nightmares, doubts he is the rightful king of England. One rainy night, the wizard Merlin tells Arthur the story of dueling dragons and a fateful clash between good and evil, which reveals the surprising secret of the boy king's true legacy. Li Ming's arresting oil paintings breathe fire into this magical offering from Jane Yolen."The legend ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Puffin Books
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NS - Cami Houston
Grade 3-5- Yolen has created a stirring tale within a tale. Young Arthur wakes one stormy night from uneasy dreams and seeks out the company of Merlin. Sensing the boy's readiness to learn of his legacy in claiming the crown he wears without conviction, Merlin tells him of another fatherless boy, Emrys, who dreamed baffling dreams of dragons and crumbling stone towers. When the cruel Vortigern attempted to take over all of Britain, Emrys's dreams became prophetic and catalytic. Merlin ends his t ...more
Ellie  Dynek
I found this book on the library shelves, and couldn't put it down for the life of me. It was so creative and beautifully told, I really enjoyed it from start to finish
Lisa Deprey
This is a great children's book that touches on a small piece of the Legend of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is a story told to Arthur by Merlin when he is still a child and has first become king. The story gives the reader a glimpse into the childhood of Merlin and the development of his wisdom and magic. I used it as a read-aloud when teaching my students what makes a story a legend.
A young King Arthur is having trouble sleeping because of his disturbing dreams. He goes to Merlin for reassurance; but instead he gets a story, a story of two dragons one red and one white. At the end of their battle the red dragon lies dead and the white flies away. Arthur figures out that the story is part of his history.

Exceptional illustrations!
Neil Coulter

I love children's books with beautiful illustrations. This one is excellent. I've enjoyed reading this one to my sons, and taking time on some pages just to admire the gorgeous pictures. It's a wonderful version of part of the Merlin legend.

Lightyear Records produces "Stories to Remember"--a CD collection of outstanding children's literature that combines storytelling and musical collaboration of great artists. I listened to this book, narrated by Kevin Kline with music composed by Michel Rubini(1991), and was instantly transported to a mythical place of dragons, kings, and castles. This was a very polished, professional production whose music and storytelling were mesmerizing--with music and drama reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. ...more
Young Arthur feels unworthy to be king. We is so worried about it that one sleepless night he seeks out Merlin, who tells Arthur a story about a young boy whose dreams came true. Through the story, Arthur learns the truth of where he came from and the power of dreams.

A lovely story of the young King Arthur and Merlin. It is believable that the young Arthur would have felt unsure of himself and his right to the throne. And Yolen spins a delightful and moving tale about Arthur and Merlin, which is
I want to buy this book. After I read this, I fell in love with it. The story fits so well in the story of King Arthur. I know that I will be reading this book to my future classroom for a medieval history lesson.
I've been scouring the town for good children's books with which to introduce my kid sisters to the Arthurian legends, and having little success until I stumbled upon this gem in a discard bin. The story is skillfully told so as to be thrilling and engaging for the kids, instead of bogging down among ponderous backstory or lists of names, yet with a true devotee's faithfulness to the heart of the legend that is richly satisfying for an Arthur buff such as myself. All that, coupled with vivid, me ...more
My son gives this 5 out of 5 stars. Beautiful illustrations.
Jul 13, 2009 Volsung added it
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Rich and vivid illustrations (the dragons are particularly striking); interestingly, this is not the Merlin of the Round Table and Nimue, but is based on the tale of Emrys (the boy-who-would-be-Merlin), Vortigern, etc. from Geoffrey of Monmouth's "Historia Regum Brittaniae" -- a novel approach to the Arthurian story in children's literature.
Dec 04, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Gorgeous illustrations highlight this story about Merlin and a young King Arthur. The narrative is engaging and the story is filled with drama. We enjoyed reading this story together. I would love to listen to this story being narrated by Kevin Kline - we'll have to see if our local library has an audio version.
Beautiful illustrations and one of my favorite tales of Merlin. Though the author forgot to mention the White Dragon represented the Saxons, hence the start and on going war of the Saxon invasion of Britain.
Young King Arthur doubts that he is a true king. So, Merlin tells him a story of Dragons, of good and evil and reveals to him a secret.

This was a nice book, good illustrations and interesting story.
Li Ming's 2-page spread illustrations are filled with magnificent details and exciting colors. Overall, the illustrations are more exciting and memorable than the tale of King Arthur and his knights.
N_patricia Brunner
I viewed this fantasy story of a young boy's prophetic dreams on DVD,NON-PRINT. This DVD was a light fantasy story with a good development of theme and plot.
i thought this story was ok but had nothing to do with me because im not in london and wont be becoming king any time soon yet i was forced to read it
This is a "go-to" book for guys. Boys love this book and will move on to Yolen's Merlin series and T.A. Barron's.
Interesting story Merlin tells a young King Arthur. I particularly liked the ending. Good audio.
Gorgeous illustrations add fire to the already exciting story of Merlin's boyhood.
Chelly Wood
This tale is in our school's literature books. Students love this story year after year!
Dec 03, 2010 Kalee added it
This was actually the second book I ever read, and I was about six :)
I got this for the art and it is amazing.
Mar 06, 2013 Roni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Really enjoyed this kind of story.
Can't go wrong with T.A. Barron.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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