- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Series: Prince Martin Epic (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Band of Brothers Books (August 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1732127840
- ISBN-13: 978-1732127845
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 161 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prince Martin Wins His Sword: A Classic Tale About a Boy Who Discovers the True Meaning of Courage, Grit, and Friendship (Prince Martin Epic) Hardcover – August 1, 2018
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"Here's a gripping tale to be read over and over - a princely story teaching the values of integrity, courage, and resilience when facing a dangerous fear--a promised favorite in every child's library."
- Pam Kanaly, best-selling author of The Single Mom and Her Rollercoaster Emotions
"Boyish, archetypal, cross-cultural, and timeless . . . exactly what young boys love and need."
- Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., best-selling author of The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
"Very creative and cleverly written. Nicely illustrated. The kind of fun and meaningful story kids will love to read - or have read to them."
- Paul McCusker, best-selling author of Adventures in Odyssey and Imagination Station
"Not just for kids but for parents too. Parents will find rekindled within themselves the same delight they discovered at the same age but may have let slip away since."
- Karl Keating, best-selling author of High Desert Showdown
From the Author
In 2015, I was deployed overseas with the military. It was hard being far away from my young son, who, as the days and weeks went by, lost interest in talking to me on the phone. One day, it popped into my head to try telling him stories about "Prince Martin" in an effort to reconnect. He loved them, and that's how we maintained our loving bond during my long absence. (He even named some characters!) Prince Martin Wins His Sword is my first book based on those stories. Check out the other books in the series, Prince Martin and the Thieves, Prince Martin and the Dragons, and Prince Martin and the Cave Bear...
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Martin is a young prince who lives in a faraway kingdom. At the beginning of the tale, Martin experiences a dream in which he fights a dragon with a loyal dog at his side. One of Martin’s favorite pastimes is visiting the castle armory, where all types of swords and weapons are stored. Unfortunately, the king permits his son to possess only a wooden staff and a slingshot, until the prince is able to prove that he is loyal, brave and true. Martin is unsure of how to do so, but he is determined to set forth out of the castle to the forest beyond.
Chapters two through eight covers the adventures that await Martin. He will meet a farmer who warns him of wild hogs, a deer whose fawn is trapped, and a brave dog who is willing to defend the helpless with his life. Martin must face his own fears as well as bullies. Will Martin find the courage and strength to survive and prove himself worthy?
The rhymes are perfect for a read aloud. Younger children might need the help of an adult to decipher some of the vocabularies. Color illustrations in each chapter enhance the adventure. This first book in a series should appeal especially to boys who love adventures, dragons, swords, and dogs. Highly recommended for elementary and middle school age children.
Even though I dislike Mark Shea, you can trust what I say, not everyone can get along great. You should really get this book and read it quite often, it may improve a small child's fate.
There are a few things parents can appreciate about the book. There are great messages about courage, loyalty, compassion, perserverance -- themes that are so great for subtly teaching your son about becoming a good man. Also, this is a vocabulary lesson for your kids (and maybe even for you -- I had to look up what a "parapet" was!). I found I was frequently telling my son what words meant.
It's a great read, and I'd highly recommend. We'll look forward to reading about Prince Martin's other adventures.
By far the best scene is the "hide for hide" fight, or mass melee as I would call it, between four wild hogs, a helpless fawn, Sir Ray the fearless hound and the Prince. The scene is so artfully described through the author's precise tetrameter, I felt the fur, claws, stones and teeth flying around me in the chaos of battle! The prince's pilgrimage back to the castle is an act of sacrificial love for his new brave friend and beautiful to read.
And could it be that in Sir Ray we have a new Reepicheep? I eagerly await the next installment of this adventure!
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It is a good idea for a story. And the series looks like it has potential. But this book just does not pull it off. On Amazon the ratings for this book are either 4 or 5 stars before I wrote my review. On Good reads it is an equal split of 3 or 5 stars. I enjoyed the plot of a young boy growing in maturity and virtues, of his needing to earn his sword, and his going on adventure.
The same week I read this book I read Nicholas Gilroy: Our Lady and the Guardian and I must admit that for as much as I loved that book. Prince Martin left me saying meh. I really believe that if this same story was done it prose, or even poetry without the forced rhyming it would have been a much better read. And after my son did not finish this one, I am unlikely to pick up future volumes even for my own reading.
The illustrations by Jason Zimdars remind me a lot of the classic Tin-Tin books I read in French immersion school. They are well done and really add to the overall story. Without the illustrations being so strong my review might have dropped to two stars.
So over all good idea, good plot but weak execution.