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Book 77

77. The White Stag, by Kate Seredy. As I said earlier, I remember looking at the book primarily for the lovely charcoal drawings but I never read the story. Well, about 23 years later, I finally get around to actually reading the story. Probably just as well. I might have liked the story, but I doubt I would have appreciated it all that much. This was an interesting tale. In a nutshell it's sort of a mythological take on a young Attila the Hun. Most books portray Attila and Huns in general as bloodthirsty, savage warloads. In "The White Stag," the are still sweeping conquerers, but Attila and his ancestors are cast in a kinder light. This story follows the line and journey of the sons, grandson and great-grandson of Nimrod to find the prophecied land where their people will claim and settle. The White Stag is a magical creature that appears every so often to lead their way. It reads very much like a classic myth, and I think older gradeschool and up would enjoy it, especially if they like fantasy and mythology.

Tags: fantasy, myth and legend, newbery winner

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