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Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

This edition of Saint George and the Dragon celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award-winning picture book. Hodges retells an exciting segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which the Red Cross Knight slays a dreadful dragon.

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This special new paperback edition of Saint George and the Dragon commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award-winning picture book.

Hodges retells an exciting segment from Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, in which the Red Cross Knight slays a dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years, bringing peace and joy back to the land.

eaturing a fresh new cover design – with artwork that highlights the dragon adventure within – and distinctive embossed gold Caldecott Award sticker, this is the perfect way to introduce the classic tale to a whole new generation of readers.

About the Author & Illustrator:

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. Learn more about Margaret Hodges here.

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. Read more about Trina Schart Hyman here.

A Few Reviews:

Saint George and the Dragon is a 1984 children’s book adapted from Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene by Margaret Hodges and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. It received the Caldecott Medal for illustration. Here, the princess Una recruits the Red Cross Knight to battle the dragon that threatens her country. This is a surprisingly wordy little book, although this is in all likelihood by necessity given the level of faithfulness to the source material (Hodges also includes a couple of lines directly from Spenser). Hodges tells the story with ample description and impressive drama; while this helps make it compelling, the book may be too advanced and too intense for small children who are attracted by its short length and big, colorful pictures (there’s also a not-insignificant amount of blood illustrated). The unequivocal highlight of this book is Hyman’s art. She has illuminated the pages, using the margins both to supplement the distinctly English setting and for storytelling. Her illustrations are thoroughly wonderful: her characters, faces, her use of color and shading, her sense of setting, her inclusion of native English plants, her attention to detail – they’re all fantastic, and every inch of every page is worthy of attention. On the whole, Saint George and the Dragon is a very satisfactory telling of the legend, and one of the most gorgeous children’s books you’ll ever find.” Amazon Reviewer JDD

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