Rules for a Knight: the Last Letter of Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke

Ethan Hawke
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May 7, 2017

Thomas Hawke is a troubled boy, whose mother died in childbirth. His father, tired of his bad behavior, tells him that his great-grandfather who was once a wise knight is still alive and lives on a hill. Thomas goes there to ask his great grandfather, "Everyone claims you are the wisest man in the realm. Please tell how I should live." The old man answers, "Would you like some tea?" Thomas's great grandfather was expecting him. Thomas becomes his great grandfather's apprentice  to help him become a better person and maybe a knight. There was much to learn and he was given a list of 20 rules to learn.

Each chapter addresses one of the twenty virtues, such as solitude, humility, gratitude and pride and is illustrated by a small drawing, a short aphorism and short story about that virtue. Great grandfather is passing on his knowledge to help his great grandson become a better person and in the end become a knight like himself.

Rules for a Knight is a heartwarming tale written in Epistolary form. Perfect for sharing and discussing values with kids. 

Reviewed by Octavia V.
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