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Saint George and the Dragon Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 118 user ratings
ISBN:0316367893
LANGUAGE:English

" I'm long past the age of picture-books, but ever now and then I find myself pulling my family's well-worn copy down to flip through. Sumptuous illustrations, enthralling story. I can still hear my older sister's voice reading this to me. " said.

" I have always loved stories of chivalry and knights and dragons. Here we have all of that, well told, and beautifully illustrated. I do like that Una has the choice of marrying the hero if she loves him, for in too many fairy tales the princess is just handed off like so much baggage. Overall this is a beautiful retelling and one well worth picking up. " said.

"I'm sure I read this before, but I definitely read this while I was in high school and dreaming up stories about the middle ages, because I distinctly remember drawing the dress that Una wears at the end of the book. I loved the illustrations in this book because there was more to them the longer you looked - they were done like illuminated manuscript pages, and all along the borders there was this allegory comparing George's quest to slay the dragon with a ship sailing across the ocean. I didn't realize until high school that this legend of Saint George was really well-known in England and kind of a founding saint for England." said.

"1985 Caldecott Medal: Favorite Illustration - When George is fighting the dragon on the second day. I love the fire and fury from the dragon and the dedication of the knight. Also, the use of the borders on the facing page shows more of the battle. I love the details of the spike stuck into the shield and the blood from the amputated tail dripping!
This is a wordy but beautiful retelling of the tale from the Faerie Queene. I liked the way the illustrations used the borders around to either look like a window, so the viewer was looking onto the tale, or to further share details of the story or the infamous battle betweeen dragon and man. A fun fairy tale, and not as well known as the others, I enjoyed reading this version.
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"Here's what I LOVE about this book: the illustrations! Wow! Artist Trina Schart Hyman does a fantastic job. I want to touch the dents in George's shield and Lady Una's gowns are to die for. The writing is well-paced and puts the story into terms a child will understand well. However, there is a too much passive voice and use of "had" for my taste. But I know from personal experience that it is difficult to retell an old story without a bit of both.

My grammar-stage son...well, his comment was, "Awww...I wanted the dragon to win!" He's a big softie when it comes to critters. I think most kids will relate to the citizen's fearful reluctance to approach the dragon, even when dead: "'Those claws might scratch my son, or tear his tender hand.'"

Great way to introduce an old story to a young audience. Fantastic illustrations. Four stars!
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"This is a wonderful tale about a brave, valiant knight and a fair maiden princess who sees him through his terribly difficult task of slaying the vile dragon who is threatening her kingdom.

The illustrations are a bit graphic for younger children, but for school age children, I think they are fine. They are gorgeously drawn and worthy of the Caldecott Medal award.

The story is crisp and has elements of fantasy, heroism, magic and celebration. We've read this book a couple of times.

This book was selected as one of the books for the April 2016- Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
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" 1985 Caldecott Winner. Such detailed and wonderful illustrations and a great fairy tale as well. " said.

"Margret Hodges tells a story of the Red Cross Knight slaying the dragon that brings grief and heartache to the country side. The only thing the town wanted was to live in peace and joy with their gates open to anybody who was passing by, unfortunately there was a terrifying fire-breathing dragon who prevented the town from living happily and making them live in fear. There was only one man that was capable of bringing the dragon down, but could he face the dragon again after already being defeated? In this story the author brings this typical fairy tale to life with detailed illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman to compliment the story line. This book captured my childhood imagination and brought it all together in a short story. I think that it enhances a childhood imagination with the use of the detailed illustrations and text.
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