Title: The Apple and the ArrowThe Apple and the Arrow
Author: Mary & Conrad Buff
Pages: 79
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve wanted this book forever and a half. :)

The Story.

William Tell is the best bowman in the whole canton of Uri. And Walter Tell wants to be just like his father – bold and talented, courageous and indefatigable in the pursuit of justice.

But William’s resolve in the face of tyranny has earned him the hatred of Gessler at Altdorf. It is this hatred and this bravery that clash one day and culminate in an archery contest that involves one son and one apple…


I love children’s stories that are set during historical times. And I especially love them when they have rich illustrations. And I love stories about archers. And I love stories about legendary heroes. And I love stories with medieval settings. Can you guess what I’m going to say next? That’s right – I loved The Apple and the Arrow. Because it’s all of those things wrapped into one delightful little package.

Also, the 1920s-1950s Newbery Medalists are just better than nowadays’. End of story.

The religion is Catholic, as it should be –the Father, Christ, and Mary’s names are all invoked at different points.

In Chapter Two, Walter sees other boys baiting a caged bear. He thinks it is cruel.

Conclusion. A superb story which should be included in children’s literature courses.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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