Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges

Synopsis: In this book, Margaret Hodges adaptes the famous Legend of Saint Geoge from Edmund Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queene. Saint George sets out to rid a kingdom of the terrible dragon threatening to devour everything. Along with his, is the lovely Princess from that kingdon, his trusty horse and a small dwarf. 

Review: The prose in this book is easy to read, but not simply - meaning it's as full and rich as a retold legend should be. But it is the illustrations that make this work so exquisite. I knew of this legend, but had never actually heard or read it before this, and I'm glad I chose this work as my entrance to this tale. I'm interested to read other retellings, although it is hard to imagine they will come close to this one. 

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: Caldecott Medal for Illustration in 1985

ISBN: 0-316-36789-3
Date Finished: 9-13-2014
Pages: 31

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