Monday, January 28, 2013

Saint George and the Dragon

Retold by: Margaret Hodges

First line: In the days when monsters and giants and fairy folk liked in England, a noble knight was riding across the plain.

Why you should read this book: Employing language accessible to children, it retells the story of George, the Red Cross Knight, as his tale is originally told in Spenser's The Faerie Queen. George has sworn to serve the Queen of the Faeries, and must battle a ferocious dragon to save the kingdom of the lovely Princess Una. Trina Schart Hyman's delightful illustrations, with their meaningful borders and great sense of emotion, enliven the book.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You don't like to see mangled dragon corpses.

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