Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Margaret Hodges Trina Schart Hyman / Jan 26, 2020

Saint George and the Dragon This special new paperback edition of St George and the Dragon commemorates the th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award winning picture book Hodges retells an exciting segment from Spenser s The Faeri

  • Title: Saint George and the Dragon
  • Author: Margaret Hodges Trina Schart Hyman
  • ISBN: 9780316367950
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • This special new paperback edition of St 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 Featuring a freThis special new paperback edition of St 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 Featuring 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.

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      • Margaret Hodges Trina Schart Hyman

        Margaret Peggy Hodges was an American writer of books for children.She was born Sarah Margaret Moore in Indianapolis, Indiana to Arthur Carlisle and Annie Marie Moore She enrolled at Tudor Hall, a college preparatory school for girls A 1932 graduate of Vassar College, she arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Fletcher Hodges Jr when in 1937 he became curator at the Stephen Foster Memorial She trained as a librarian at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, under Elizabeth Nesbitt, and she volunteered as a storyteller at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Beginning in 1958 with One Little Drum, she wrote and published than 40 books Her 1985 book Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, won the Caldecott Medal of the American Library Association She was a professor of library science at the University of Pittsburgh, where she retired in 1976.Hodges died of heart disease on December 13, 2005 at her home in Oakmont, Pennsylvania She suffered from Parkinson s disease.She wrote her stories on a notepad or a typewriter I need good ideas, and they don t come out of machines, she once said.


    1. With absolutely gorgeous accompanying illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman (detailed to such an extent that they tell the story of the Red Cross Knight's fight with the fearsome dragon as vividly and as intensely as Margaret Hodges' narrative does), Saint George and the Dragon is basically the legend of Saint George (and how he became the patron saint of England) as adapted from a section of Sir Edmund Spenser's Renaissance epic The Faerie Queene. A bit long-winded and due to textual density and [...]

    2. Another lovely book for my art collection, this one with a tale of dragonslaying, chivalric adventure, true knights, epic duels, and the gorgeous art of Trina Schart Hyman. What other reasons would I need to give this the highest rating? The art alone is worth it!

    3. In this retelling of a segment from Spenser's Faerie Queen, Saint George, the Red Cross Knight, is guided by the lady Una to her parents' realm, where in a mighty battle he slays a dragon who has terrorized the land. After thus proving himself, he and Una are married.Hodges' prose distills much action and color into a fairly brief text, sprinkled with quotes from the original work. The adaptation retains a courtly eloquence but should be easily understood by older readers. For younger listeners [...]

    4. Meh. The illustrations are pretty--have that old feel to them. But the story dragged for a picture book. Too much text. Too much description. This is what one would get if I wrote a picture book! And that's not a very good thing. I had hoped I'd see glimpses of the legend I saw portrayed in "Lark Rise." But no. And what was up with the pretty castle in the middle? Or the hermit knowing an unknown identity. I suppose legends often don't make sense. But if you're going to write or re-tell a legend [...]

    5. Illustrated by Trina Schart HymanThis is a retelling from Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, which recounts the legend of Saint George who slew the dragon which was terrorizing the country. It’s a wonderful tale of courage, dedication, and perseverance. George is pure of heart, generous of spirit, and brave beyond measure. A lovely fable.Trina Schart Hyman was awarded the Caldecott Medal for excellence in illustration. Her paintings are rich and vibrant, and full of small details that support t [...]

    6. Can't do much better than a story about a hero who conquers a dragon. That's the biblical narrative, after all: "Kill the dragon, get the girl." Red Cross Knight, with his shield bearing the red cross of St. George, is revealed to be St. George in Canto 10 of Spenser's Faerie Queene. The Caldecott-winning illustrations approach the sublime.I started reading this on March 23, a month before the feast of St. George on April 23. I ordered a copy.

    7. The artwork in this little paperback book is so astonishingly lovely and vivid, I somehow ended up with two copies of this book. I'm not complaining; I will just share one copy. The text itself retells Spenser's The Faerie Queene, so that, with the artwork, makes this book pretty darn awesome for a Second Grade History class.

    8. I have heard the basics of the story often, but have never read Saint George and the Dragon in any form. I looked forward to this book.However, for me the story felt awkward and poorly written. It is almost as if the author tried to keep the poetry of an epic in a simplified children's tale and failed miserably, resulting in awkward phrasing. For example: "Whenever he looked at the brightness of her sunshiny face, his heart melted with pleasure." Or "Heart cannot think what outrage and what crie [...]

    9. Excellently adapted from Spenser's "Faerie Queene", and backed by marvelous illustrations. The language is *very* dense, with details (and sometimes quotations) coming directly from the original. Half the book is taken up by the pulse-pounding action of the duel between St George and the Dragon, but neither density nor duel has kept my very girly DD (age 3) from regarding it as one of her favorites. On the strength of this adaptation, I've read two further depictions of Spenser's Red Cross Knigh [...]

    10. This book is wordy! As in, it is too wordy for a bedtime story. We read it in two parts. We are Shrek-loving family (and when I say Shrek, I mean the movie, not the William Steig book) and this book doesn't do it for us.Also, this book is good for girls IF you like passive girls who watch from the sidelines while the dude slays the dragons, and then agrees to marry the dude because he is such a great dragon killer.

    11. The story is a bit long-winded, but the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!!! Definitely a great "old fashioned fairy tale" sort of feel but good for boys who aren't into the princess thing.

    12. This is a GREAT book! It refers to the Bible. Jesus (Saint George) crushed Satan (the dragon's) head. Jesus saved The Church (Una), and marries her (meaning The Church). I recommend it to all!

    13. I remember my parents reading this book to me when I was young, but even more than that I remember the dragon. This book is largely responsible for my early love of drawing and monsters and so for that I'll be forever grateful. This most recent reading however was illuminating because I understood now when the text notes that the story is directly taken from The Faeire Queen by Edmund Spenser. Having read that book in college a few years ago the depth of myth in this book assumes a real beautifu [...]

    14. 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 defeat [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 sonwell, his comment was, "AI [...]

    17. 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 l [...]

    18. 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' [...]

    19. This is just such a beautiful, awesome, picture book! I love Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrations… she may be my favorite artist… So much expression in the characters, and so much beauty and detail! And this story was just so cool. Actually, the look of this book very much influenced some of the feel of one of my own stories I'm writing. Which may be one of the reasons I’m so attached to this book. But it’s just… perfect. <3

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. Anything illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman is sure to be stunning, and Margaret Hodges is a wonderful author. The legend of St. George and the dragon is one of my favorites. This book is a winner to me! Highly recommended!

    23. We raised our children on this book--an all-time family favorite. The illustrations are magical, marvelous, luminous--and the story is classic.

    24. From the Rendardel de Lavalette family.3/9/17 Read with Naomi, Julia, Connor, & Savannah.12/18/17 Read with Julia.

    25. The rivers run deep in this book. The themes of redemption are woven through it all. Any of Margaret Hodges books should bought not borrowed. I read it over and over.

    26. The story itself is a little longer than it I needs to be but the beautiful illustrations make up for that. This may be a hard read-aloud for antsy kids, but an excellent one for patient children.

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