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Author: Judy Tatchell

Illustrator: Peter Scott

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited, ½2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dragon stories have been around for ages. These legends tell us all about dragons: how they fly, what they look like, their magical powers, where they live. This illustrated lift-the-flap book collects lots of details about dragons and puts it in a picture book for kids.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Started reading with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child was fascinated by this book. S/He tends to like pop-up and lift-the-flap books, but there were times where s/he was just interested in looking at the pictures and listening.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is fun to read. We like how the author told the story about dragons with a light touch. There are no heavy-handed references (or illustrations) that one might expect for a 'fact book' about dragons. Our daughter loved it ... so we know that boys will go nuts over it!

Pros: The story introduces the 'true story' of dragons, and at the same time provides information kids may not know about them. The illustrations are bright, and the lift-the-flap content adds humor and engages the child.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is fun to share together (we learned something to).

If You Liked This Book, Try: FREEDOM RINGS: AN AMERICAN PARABLE   THE KNIGHT AND THE DRAGON   YOUR SAFARI DRAGONS: In search of the Real Komodo Dragon (Your Safari series)

Educational Themes: This book introduces the "history" of dragons, the concept of legends, myths, and folklore in a way that younger children (pre-readers) can begin to understand.

Notes: This is a Moms Choice Award submission for 2006

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, dragons, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007

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