After a two week hiatus, welcome back to another Perfect Picture Book Friday, inspired by children's picture book author, Susanna Hill. Each Friday, we review a children's book of our choice and include links to crafts and other activities. Check out her comprehensive list of books categorized by subject for Teachers, Librarians and Parents here.
This week, I am reviewing a picture book from one of my favorite periods of history: Medieval Times!
It is also part of our own personal collection: Saint George and the Dragon (a retelling of a segment of Spencer's "The Faerie Queene")
Illustrated by: Trina Schwartz Hyman
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Category: Legends, Folklore
Themes: folklore, knights, dragons, patron saint of England, Medieval Times
First lines: In the days when monsters and giants and fairy folk lived in England, a noble knight was riding across a plain. He wore heavy armor and carried an ancient silver shield marked with a Red Cross. It was dented with the blows of many battles fought long ago by other brave knights.
Why I like this book: Who doesn't like stories of a brave knight who fights off a dragon and wins his ladylove? It has all the elements of great story which has not been "dumbed down" for the younger crowd. The acrylic illustrations are gorgeously detailed and flow with the text. To top it all off, the tale has some base in history, which is icing on the cake!
Find resources and activities for St. Georges Day (a British holiday), here and here, and again, here.