The White Stag by Kate Seredy (1937)

stag.jpgThis poetic folktale tells the ancient, mystical founding of Hungary.

Nimrod the Mighty Hunter, from the Old Testament, has two sons, Hunor and Magyar.  Their father  believes they are destined to lead his starving people to a land of plenty.  The brothers tell of a White Stag who will lead them all to a promised land. The brothers, however, are quite different from each other; Hunor is a fighter and leads the people into many confrontations, while Magyar is thoughtful and cautious.  As the years pass and life becomes increasingly more difficult for this nomad people, a division occurs producing the Huns and the Magyars.  Still neither group is able to find this land of promise.

Two generations later Hunor’s grandson, the infamous Atilla, rises to power.  Can Atilla finally achieve the dream of his grandfather and great-grandfather?

Kate Seredy was born and raised in Hungary before immigrating to the United States in 1922.  The White Stag, which won the Newbery Medal in 1938, is based on the legends Miss Seredy’s father told her as a child.

Note:  Animal sacrifices are mentioned in this book, and also Nimrod throws himself into the altar fire and dies in the early pages.   

Middle Grade Reading Level, 96 Pages, Newbery Medal Winner, Published in 1937.

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