The Knight who wouldn’t Fight by Helen Docherty
To end National Storytelling Week, 'The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight' is a wonderful rhyming tale of Leo, a gentle knight who liked to read more than fight.
When his parents encouraged him to fight, he couldn’t really understand why. One day, they sent him off to tame a dragon armed with a new shield and sword. Luckily, Leo also packed a pile of his favourite stories and headed off on his horse.
During his trip, he encountered several creatures who wanted to fight him, but in each case, he read them a story featuring a creature just like them which helped Leo make friends with them. When he reached the town where the dragon needed taming, again he managed to get the dragon onside by the promise of a story about dragons. By the end of the book, his parents agreed that he didn’t need to fight after all and was able to read in peace with his new friends.
Like 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson, this book shows the power that a story can have and is accompanied by wonderful illustrations.
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