Saint George and the Dragon

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9780192723765: Saint George and the Dragon

The traditional tale of the patron saint of England, retold by the author. The dragon lays waste to the kingdom and finally the princess herself has to be rescued by a knight, who fights and tames the dragon, passing into legend as St George.

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Geraldine McCaughrean is a prize-winning author - winner of Carnegie Medal, Guardian Children's Fiction Award, Whitbread Award (twice) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.

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Grade 1-4-- Less literary than Spenser's adventure as retold by Hodges in Saint George and the Dragon (Little, 1984), McCaughrean tells the kind of crusader tale popularly told about the wandering champion who became the patron saint of England. Here, George of Lydda comes across Sabra, the king's daughter, staked out for a dragon that threatens their town. A new British illustrator pictures the setting with a golden atmosphere and a romantic surrealism that includes stone ruins and windowed manors, and ends with visual reference to modern wars as well. Townspeople wear frantic or grotesque expressions--and the dragon is seen as a huge lizard with pterodactyllike clawed wings as forelimbs, taloned hind legs, and a lobed and spiked dorsal mane. Once he subdues the dragon, this Red Cross knight does not settle down, but goes on to other dragons and other times--which the reteller ties in with her afterword. Hard to locate in print, this adventure makes a good addition to folk and dragon lore. --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Pub . Lib .
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