Young Merlin

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Doubleday, Feb 1, 1996 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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From the bestselling author of Young Guinevere. Merlin is a special child--a wonder child with the ability to look into the future and cast spells. This is the tale of his boyhood--a story filled with knights, dragons, kings, monsters, and all the magic that surrounds Merlin's life from the day he is born. "Handsomely designed".--School Library Journal.

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User Review  - Cathy - Goodreads

Loved this picture book! San Souci is amazing! Read full review

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User Review  - Teri - Goodreads

2.5 stars. Definitely not as good as the other Souci books we read. Skip this one as it is WAY too long. Read full review


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Robert D. San Souci was born on October 10, 1946 in San Francisco, California. He attended college at St. Mary's College in Moraga. After holding jobs in book stores and in publishing, he became a full-time author in 1974. He was best known for his adaptations of folklore for children. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 books for young readers including Song of Sedna, Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend, The Talking Eggs, Two Bear Cubs, Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella, Brave Margaret: An Irish Tale, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, and Cinderella Skeleton. He wrote 12 books which were illustrated by his younger brother Daniel San Souci including The Legend of Scarface, Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females, and As Luck Would Have It: From The Brothers Grimm. He also wrote nonfiction works for children, several novels for adults, and the film story for Disney's Mulan. The Legend of Scarface won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, and was a Horn Book honor list citation. Sukey and the Mermaid won the American Library Association's Notable Book citation in 1992 and Cut from the Same Cloth won an Aesop Award from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. He died on December 19, 2014 at the age of 68.

Horn has stayed true to Howard Pyle's teachings in the fantasy characters that he has painted over the past twenty plus years. The mystical paintings and sculptures of the Catholic Church were his first experience with transcendent imagery. The crowning achievement to his 21 years as an illustrator was for his painting "Arcadia" to be chosen as the cover of prestigious fantasy art annual SPECTRUM 9.

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