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Book Title: Saint George and the Dragon|
The author of the book: Margaret Hodges
Edition: Perfection Learning
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Reader ratings: 3.9
Date of issue: September 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780780703131
Format files: PDF
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With absolutely gorgeous accompanying 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 does), 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 Renaissance epic The Faerie Queene. A bit long-winded and due to textual density and length thus more suitable for older children, Saint George and the Dragon gracefully and glowingly presents a tenderly descriptive and evocative old fashioned folktale type legend (and more than well deserving of the Caldecott Medal it won, as the illustrations are truly in all ways breathtaking).
Now that all being said, and as much as I truly enjoyed this retelling, I most definitely would have appreciated a bit more detailed background information than simply being told that Saint George and the Dragon is an adaptation of Spenser's The Faerie Queene. An informative author's note, while not absolutely required, as at least the literary sources are mentioned, would definitely have increased Saint George and the Dragon to a five star read for me and considerably augmented its folkloric and literary value (such as perhaps a mention of Una's name, which is Gaelic for Agnes, the lamb, and the fact that she is also leading a white lamb, which of course has allusions to Jesus Christ being the lamb of God, not to mention that Una is riding a white donkey, which is again a biblical, New Testament allusion to Jesus Christ himself, who entered Jerusalem on what is now celebrated as Palm Sunday, not astride a horse, but astride a donkey).
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Read information about the authorMargaret "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 Foster Memorial. She trained as a librarian at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, under Elizabeth Nesbitt, and she volunteered as a storyteller at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Beginning in 1958 with One Little Drum, she wrote and published more than 40 books.
Her 1985 book Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, won the Caldecott Medal of the American Library Association.
She was a professor of library science at the University of Pittsburgh, where she retired in 1976.
Hodges died of heart disease on December 13, 2005 at her home in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. She suffered from Parkinson's disease.
She wrote her stories on a notepad or a typewriter. "I need good ideas, and they don't come out of machines," she once said.
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