Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: The Acorn Quest by Jane Yolen

Synopsis: The dire warning has come: the animals of Woodland wills starve if something isn't done. The Wizard Squirrelin is the kingdom's last and only hope - and he tells the startled knights at King Earthor's round table, Nuts! In fact, nuts to all of you." But nuts are the answer for Woodland. One very special nut, at least. Across the land far away, past a sleeping dragon, in the middle of a Magical Lake is the Golden Acorn that, Squirrelin tells them, has the power to save the land from famine. Their knapsacks packed with the last few mealy apples from Woodland's stricken trees, Squirrelin and four brave knights - Sir Tarryhere the turtle, Sir Belliful the ground-hog, Sir Gimmemore the rabbit, and Sir Runsalot the mouse - set out to seek the Golden Acorn, through Perilous, Dolorous and Very Queer Adventures, to the very Edge of the World (from the back of the book)

Review: Told as a quest Fairy-Tale, this is a charming story with more depth than one usually finds. Courage is the central theme - what is means and who has it. As the characters face perils of many kids, they reveal who they truly are - and some are't so good. I liked that not all the characters were clean and noble, that the quest defeated some due to there own lack of courage. This is an excellent book for kids, perfect for reading with an adult. Highly recommend.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-690-04107-1
Year Published: 1981
Date Finished: 4-19-2016
Pages: 58

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