When you get to the last page of a book and your listeners regret that there’s not another chapter to come, the author has achieved success! In fact, at the request of my 6-year-old, I’ve started rereading from the beginning, and he’s just as attentive this second time around.
We used the chapters as bedtime reading. My boys (ages 6 and 10) were drawn in from the very first pages. Poachers, knights, swords, mistaken identity, a great escape… these are the ingredients of adventure! And, my 10-year-old smiled broadly at learning that main character Leon was just about his own age.
Sounds like the perfect book for boys, right? Well, if you’re considering this book for a girl, you’re in luck! I won’t give away who she is, but a certain 9-year-old Heldin saves the day more than once.
Once of the first things I noticed when I picked up this book was the line Unterrichtsmaterial zum kostenlosen Download, discretely printed on the back cover along with a URL for Lehrer. We homeschool bilingually in German and English, and I’m always on the lookout for German-language support materials. I downloaded the study guide right away for use with my older son, who is in his fourth grade year. His spoken German is very good, but his German-language reading and writing skills lag a year or two behind. The written study guide exercises were at a perfect level for him – they posed a healthy challenge, and led us to some nice discussion about elements found in the story.
Though I read the entire book to both children, I also asked my fourth-grader to read some segments on his own. There were a few unfamiliar words for him, but in general, he had no problem working through his chapters. I welcome those unfamiliar words, as they are an opportunity for him to learn new vocabulary!
In short, Leon und die wilden Ritter gets two thumbs up from us!
Age recommendation: Ages 6 to 10
Fluency recommendation: Intermediate/Advanced. Aimed at native speakers in the 2nd/3rd grade, but the story is enjoyable for upper-elementary students as well. Large print and and many colorful illustrations ease reading.
Submitted by: Truffula