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Saint George and the Dragon Paperback – 30 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Children; Rep Anv edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316367958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316367950
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.3 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautifully crafted book.. (School LIBRARY JOURNAL)

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Celebrating the silver anniversary of a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book with a bold new look!

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Format: Hardcover
I read this picture book a hundred times to both my children from the age of 2+, although its language (from Spenser's Faerie Queen) may seem too complex the story and illustrations are so exciting they carry a child along. St. George's three battles with the dragon recall just how much Tolkien got from Spenser, and no small boy will be able to resist the pictures of him confronting a monster and besting it.
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Format: Paperback
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.
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My five year old son is a fan of dragons and knights, so it seemed a natural progression to introduce him to St. George. This book is not only beautifully illustrated, but is one of the best and most accurate representations of the ancient tale. The language is decadent yet easy to understand.

My son regularly asks for this as his bed time story, and I never tire of reading the adaptation of an incredible story. On St. George's day my son took this with him into school and it was shared by the teacher with the other children in his class. The teacher commented on how enthralled the children were with the story. I thoroughly recommend this version to anyone wishing to buy this story for their children.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rich language and beautiful inspiring illustrations. My 6 year old asked me to read it to him daily for weeks.
I wish it had more of an obvious Christian message (eg, at least mentioning God) as opposed to 'the fairy queen'.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely wonderful. I'm a teacher and I use the fantastic language in the book to inspire young writers. It really does the trick - children have written really high quality work in response to this book.
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Format: Hardcover
My 5-year-old son LOVES this book. I think some of the vocabulary is above his head, but it would seem the story speaks to his very soul. The illustrations are fabulous, the text is epic. This is a beautifully-crafted book. It is also the kind of myth that underpins civilisations. It seems to teach my son that he has a role to play in the world, and that even when the odds are stacked against him, he should struggle on valiantly because overcoming enormous obstacles is not necessarily impossible. It seems to speak to the part of his soul that wonders what his role is as a man. It shows bravery and beauty in action. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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