Saint George and the Dragon Paperback – 30 Apr 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Absolutely beautiful little book, amazing artwork. I was really impressed.Published 3 months ago by Maria Ines Faria
Beautifully illustrated, well written story. Just what we needed.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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quite lengthy text as seen in the pictures. good though, would be most suited for children aged between 7 and 9 I would say. nice pictures and accessible vocab.Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by sr27