The creators of the Caldecott Medal book, Saint George and the Dragon, tell the Arthurian tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney's first adventure.
The Knights of the Round Table were in their glory. When an unknown stranger visits the castle and asks Kin Arthur's favor, he is allowed to serve in the kitchen for his meat and bread.
Little does anyone suspect that he is of noble blood and will soon be knighted by the famous Sir Lancelot. Lush illustrations bring the reader into the book, as Sir Gareth meets adventures and battles to free a princess from the fearsome Red Knight of the Plain.
Based on an excerpt from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur and in consultation with both the famous Caxton and Winchester texts, this enduring story of gallant knights in armor, epic battles, and quests fulfilled has broad appeal for young adventurers.
|Product dimensions:||10.03(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Margaret Hodges (1911-2005) was a distinguished children's book writer particularly known for her retelling of traditional folk tales. Her past titles include Saint George and the Dragon, The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed, and Up the Chimney. Her title Merlin and the Making of the King received many starred reviews.
One of the most distinguished and celebrated illustrators of her generation, Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges, and Caldecott Honors for A Child's Calendar, by John Updike, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Little Red Riding Hood. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good example of legend. It is a story that has been passed down for generations. It probably has some truth in the background. King Arthur probably really lived, but I doubt this story happened as it is told. The character of Sir Orkney is a static character. Although he portrays himself differently though out the book it is really peoples reaction to him not him that changes. Media: line and fill watercolor
This book retells the first part of "The tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney." Gareth is knighted by Sir Lancelot. The guy also gets the girl. The story has clear crisp illistrations. Children would find the story intresting it has all the makings of a great tale.