A favorite childhood book
The Sword in the Stone is the first book of T.H. White's "The Once and Future King." Book 1 tells of Arthur's childhood and his ascension to the throne. It is a great tale that includes magic and adventure as well as day-to-day life. It stimulates one's imagination with unusual events such as Merlin turning Arthur into a hawk as an educational experience. The book includes a lot of humor, deriving largely from Merlin, who lives backwards in time and thus can foresee the future but also has difficulty remembering whether something has happened or not yet. I probably read these at age 13 or 14. The succeeding books tell of Arthur's reign, the tragedy of the love affair between Arthur's closest friend Lancelot and Arthur's wife Guinevere, the scheming Mordred, the quest for the holy Grail, and various tragic characters. I found it very moving then and now, in recalling it. The fifth book, the Book of Merlin, was actually suppressed or banned in wartime England. When I read these books, the Once and Future King came in a single volume comprising the first four books, and the Book of Merlin was separate, but that may have changed in the interim. I highly recommend this book as thought-provoking and entertaining. (As a point of reference, I also enjoyed all of the Sherlock Holmes books and the P.G. Wodehouse books (mostly those that featured Jeeves).)
There are no gratuitous acts of violence or sex in this book. Whatever happens serves to advance the tale. No swearing, no consumerism. Sex may be alluded to but not in any vulgar or explicit way. I believe this was merely part of an enchantment.
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Positive role models