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Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

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by Margaret Hodges

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Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.


Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This adaptation of The Faerie Queen features illustrations that ``glitter with color and mesmerizing details,'' said PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Praise for Saint George and the Dragon:"

[The illustrations] glitter with color and mesmerizing details."—Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Little, Brown & Company
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Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Hodges (1911-2005) was a Caldecott Award-winning American writer of books for children. Beginning in 1958 with One Little Drum, she wrote and published over 40 books and was a professor of library science at the University of Pittsburgh, where she retired in 1976.

Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was an American illustrator of children's books. She illustrated over 150 books and won four Caldecott awards during her career.

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Saint George and the Dragon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Medal Award Winner is notable for this award for its classic plot and superb illustrations. The setting of the story takes place in England many centuries ago when monsters and giants lived. This story obviously has a linear plot. Also, the plot is about a noble knight who is sent to slay a fire-breathing dragon along with him is a princess and a dwarf. The noble knight is faced with the dragon which is a tremendous challenge for the knight. The remainder of the story is the most thrilling for the reader. The classification for this book would fall under the fantasy genre. The main character or protagonist in this story is a dynamic character because he offers the excitement for the story. The audiences suitable for this particular story would be ages four through eight years. This book is very well written and empowering to the audience. This story is actually retold by Margaret Hodges and Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Margaret has written over twenty books for children and has taken a particular interest in folklore. She is currently a professor at the University of Pittsburg. Hodges, Margaret. Saint George and the Dragon. Boston, London, Toronto: Little, Brown, and Company, 1984.
Hawkeyeyogi More than 1 year ago
Great Story! My son loves the story of St . George even still & he's 10. Bought this as a gift. Timeless story with beautiful illustrations. One of our favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a Caldecott Medal winner as the best illustrated children's book in 1987. You will never see a finer set of modern simulations of a Middle Ages illuminated manuscript. The full range of the rainbow is vividly and brilliantly worked into almost every illustration. On text pages, the illuminations surround the words while on illustrated pages, they fill across the whole page -- border and all. Unlike most children's stories, this one captures the full richness of the original tale as told by Spenser in the Faerie Queen. Without all the background of that story, some references here are not clear, so you'll want to explain them to your child. The book features a ferocious three day battle between St. George and the dragon. For sensitive children, that battle in this book could encourage nightmares. I suggest that you either not share the book with children who might be frightened, or read it to them early in the day. When a dragon terrorizes her father's kingdom, Princess Una escapes from the family castle to seek help. After an arduous journey, she finds the Red Cross Knight and calls upon him for assistance. He follows her back toward the castle. Along the way, he glimpses aspects of his future life. Upon the plain surrounding the castle, a terrible and aggressive dragon waits to attack. The knight bravely attacks, but his weapon is no match for the dragon. He is gravely wounded and falls to the earth. It looks like the battle is over. Miraculously, the knight is restored to full strength the next day. The battle recommences, and the knight is again devastated by the dragon. But the knight has injured the dragon a little. Once again, the knight revives and the third day provides the titanic battle in which the knight slays the dragon. The king and queen come out to welcome the knight, and offer him many riches. The knight modestly declines and pleads that the riches be given to the poor, instead. The king offers Princess Una's hand in marriage and his kingdom. The knight protests that he must serve the Fairy Queen for 6 more years. The king says that is all right, and the two are married. The knight comes and goes to serve his duty. In time, he becomes known as St. George, the patron saint of England. The story contains many worthwhile moral lessons such as being steadfast in one's duty, overcoming adversity through persistance and courage, and preferring to help others rather than seeking rewards for oneself. As such, the book is much more inspiring and heroic than most modern children's literature, and will become a favorite of those who like to take the challenges of the hard path. After you and your child finish reading this story, on some occasions you should talk about what challenges face modern people. How can we serve others? How can we be modest in our pursuit? How can our lives provide lessons for others? Pursue to the limits of potential and imagination! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
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