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Saint George and the Dragon

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  5,945 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
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 fre ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 4th 1990 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1984)
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With absolutely gorgeous 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), 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 epic The Faerie Queene. A bit long-winded and due to textual density and length thus more suitable for ...more
Feb 20, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing
I like when he fights the dragon.
Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 20, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Mar 02, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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.
Esther Owens
Mar 02, 2016 Esther Owens rated it it was amazing
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!
Mili Fay
Mar 27, 2016 Mili Fay rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jul 18, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
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
Christine Locke
Aug 08, 2012 Christine Locke rated it really liked it
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, "
Oct 20, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sep 21, 2010 ABC rated it it was ok
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.
Deborah O'Carroll
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
Kristine Hansen
Sep 01, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
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.
Ghost Ryter
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.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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!
Oct 20, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-book
We raised our children on this book--an all-time family favorite. The illustrations are magical, marvelous, luminous--and the story is classic.
Lea Lea
May 07, 2014 Lea Lea rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
May 02, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I love Hodges' version of this great tale, both text and illustrations!
Brad Umfer
May 14, 2013 Brad Umfer rated it it was amazing
Amazing children's book with fantastic artwork
Nov 26, 2016 Nichole rated it it was amazing
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Genre: Fantasy
Awards: The Caldecott Medal and the Keystone to Reading Book Award

Summary: This was a story about knight who was known as the Red Cross Knight. He was called for duty when a kingdom was in danger due to a dragon that took up all the land. The Red Cross Knight Promised to defeat the dragon to save the kingdom. It was not easy, but he was successful. Pleased with his success, the king and queen offered there daughter for marriage. Although determined to complete his service, the Red
Stefanie Burns
Nov 26, 2016 Stefanie Burns rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott
Picture book about the legend of England's St. George. Both the text and illustrations are detailed. The illustrations have borders around each page including text pages. The dragon is both grotesque and beautiful. My main complaint with this book is that the text is so detailed that on each page several scenes are described and the illustration only shows one. My eyes kept switching back and forth to see if that was the part described. The only way to remedy this is to break the text up into ...more
Meg McGregor
This book explains how a knight became the legendary Saint George of "Merry England".

I had of course heard of St. George and read about him in other books but this account presented some new information to me. I did not remember how the ancient spring of silvery water healed him from his first battle with dragon.

The information about the healing dew from the sacred red fruit tree that healed him in the second night was also new to me.

The Knight is very lucky to have been at these two locations
Kirsten Simkiss
Nov 13, 2016 Kirsten Simkiss rated it liked it
Saint George and the Dragon is meant to be a children's retelling of a more adult story, but it lacks necessary simplicity for a child to understand on their own and it lack any explanation of the lore to someone who isn't familiar with the stories of magical England. The illustrations are lovely, but I really do feel this wasn't truly written with children in mind.
John Gardner
May 24, 2012 John Gardner rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Honey and Locusts.

Of the many hundreds of children's books at his disposal, this is one of my son's most requested. That is just as well, because it's certainly my favorite book to read to him (besides the Jesus Storybook Bible, of course)!

Based on Edmund Spenser's classic epic poemThe Faerie Queen, this book tells the story of the Red Cross Knight and his battle against a dragon that has been terrorizing the English countryside. While there are no surprises in the plot— boy
Mackenzie Ford
Feb 29, 2016 Mackenzie Ford rated it it was amazing
Title: Saint George and the Dragon
Author: Margaret Hodges
Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman
Genre: Legend Book, Concept Book
Theme(s): Legend, England, Fiction, Saint George, Knight, Dragon, Bravery
Opening Line/Sentence:
In the days when monsters and giants and fairy folk lived in England, a nobble knight was riding across a plain.

Brief Book Summary:
This story is about a knight who meets princess Una in the forest and is convinced to go be the brave soul to fight off the dragon in her town. The
Nov 15, 2016 Antonia rated it really liked it
The book was a pretty typical, classic English fairy tale. One thing i did notice though was the extent to which it did not spare gore in either the writing or the drawing. The book mentioned how the knight sliced off his tale after the barbs were driven too far into his shoulder for example, and the picture included the dragons blood spurting tail. I also noted a few themes such as a christian tilt and the importance of bravery to the local social order. Still typical of this type of story, but ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
Saint George and the Dragon, a picture book by Margaret Hodges, tells of the legend of Saint George and his battle with a fierce dragon that had terrorized many towns in England. Hodges’ adaptation is based upon Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene. As the story opens, a man known as the Red Cross Knight has pledged six years of service to the Fairy Queen. She orders him to aid Una, a young princess who is searching for a hero who will save her kingdom from a horrible dragon. As they journey to Una’s ...more
Michael Kneeland
Jun 28, 2012 Michael Kneeland rated it it was amazing
I am fairly certain 'St. George and the Dragon' was the first library book I took out to read by myself; I was 7 and in the 2nd Grade. (Though there were probably many before, 'The Hobbit' was the first book I remember taking out to read with my mom; I was then 5.)

What struck me as most memorable about this book at the time, not surprisingly, were the pictures. I read and understood the story well enough (not realizing, to be sure, that it was a retelling of elements of Spenser's 'The Faerie Qu
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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 Fost
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“The Fairy Queen has sent you to do brave deeds in this world. That High City that you see is in another world. Before you climb the path to it and hang your shield on its wall, go down into the valley and fight the dragon that you were sent to fight.” 2 likes
“Heart cannot think what outrage and what cries, with black smoke and flashing fire, the beast threw forth, turning the whole world to darkness.” 1 likes
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