Saturday, January 15, 2011

With You All the Way

When the King looks for a husband for his daughter, he calls in the three strongest and most able-bodied knights in the kingdom, all of whom want to marry her. One of the knights is known for his fierce sword, one for his speed, and one for his quick mind. He gives the knights a challenge; the winner will be the king’s new son-in-law.

The knights must make it to the king’s castle by going through the Hemlock forest. The forest is a dark, fearful place, home of the Hopenots, small but crafty creatures that strike fear even in a knight’s heart. No one has ever made it safely through the forest.

In order to make to complete the task, the knights are instructed to follow the song of the king’s flute. There are only two special flutes in the kingdom, one owned by the king and the other by his son, the prince. Both play the same sweet song. The king tells the knights he will play his flute three times each day, providing the men with an audio signal for their journey back to the castle.

Each knight is permitted to take one person along with them. The knight that wins the princess’s heart is the one that learns to listen only for the king’s song.

With You All the Way, written by popular and prolific author Max Lucado is, like most of his children’s stories, a parable about God and how He cares for us.

The illustrations by Chuck Gillies are beautifully done with so much clarity and detail they look very life-like.

What I Like: Everything.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 9-12.

Publisher Info: Crossway Books, 2000; ISBN: 1581342101; Hardcover, $15.99.

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Special Info: For those of you Max Lucado fans who think this story sounds familiar, you might already know that it was first published in 1995 under a different title, The Song of the King.

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