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Saint George and the Dragon by Geraldine McCaughrean
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Oct 27, 09

bookshelves: books-for-boys, saints-stories
Read in October, 2009

This is an exciting and wonderfully captivating book on St. George and his fight against the dragon. It's a great story to read-aloud, although you might not want to read to very little ones.

Not much is known factually about St. George, and this is the main legend about him. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, invoked collectively during the Black Plague. The description of the dragon reminded me of Satan but also the horrors of the plague. The sacrifice of villagers to give to the dragon is reminiscent of the disease, which shows no preference, but attacks rich and poor, young and old.

I only chose 4 stars because this is just a "story", and just on a natural level, like a fairy tale. There is no spiritual dimension, no God, no prayer, no mention of Christianity -- just the title of "Saint" in his name in the story. It takes a bit of discussion to the little ones to explain the connection of revering St. George as a saint from only this legend.
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