The Sword in the Stone (Early Reader)

The Sword in the Stone by Grace Maccarone. Illustrated by Joe Boddy (US) - (Canada)
(Hello Reader! Level 2)

1992, 32 pgs.
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Long ago, there was a land without a king.

Acquired: Bought and own a copy.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

A very basic bones representation of the King Arthur story telling the part where Merlin claims whoever can remove the stone from the sword will be the king. All kinds of princes try at no avail and then Merlin tricks the boy Arthur into pulling the sword form the stone. We picked this one up this week as we needed a quick read for ds and I'm rather more impressed with the story than I thought I would be. He laughed and certainly enjoyed the story and the pictures, though he already knows parts of the Arthurian legend. Reading level was spot on for him, mostly easy with a few harder words to make the book a learning opportunity as well. A fun easy reader.


  1. I recall reading this my kids- well crafted. Curious though... when your child comes a "new" word... does he approach it phonetically or do you help him learn by sight?

  2. Phonics all the way, with rare exceptions. There are many more phonetic rules than people realize. My son's learning disabilities make it very hard for him to learn anything by sight. Give him a rule and he's ready to go, even if there are exceptions to the rule. Of course, there are words that simply must be learnt as sight words but they are few and far between.


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