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Gramps and the Fire Dragon

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A young boy and his grandfather sit by a blazing fire, looking for pictures in the flames. They see an old twisted apple tree, a flower garden, a castle . . . and a fire dragon! Suddenly, the fire dragon roars and comes to life, and Jesse and Gramps find themselves being pursued through a wondrous imaginary land. Time after time, they barely manage to escape the clumsy fire dragon, until Jesse finds a way to get rid of it for good. Bright, fun-filled illustrations accompany this...

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Overview

A young boy and his grandfather sit by a blazing fire, looking for pictures in the flames. They see an old twisted apple tree, a flower garden, a castle . . . and a fire dragon! Suddenly, the fire dragon roars and comes to life, and Jesse and Gramps find themselves being pursued through a wondrous imaginary land. Time after time, they barely manage to escape the clumsy fire dragon, until Jesse finds a way to get rid of it for good. Bright, fun-filled illustrations accompany this spirited fantasy adventure for the very young.

Jesse and Gramps aren't sleepy, so they sit in front of the fire and talk about the beautiful and scary things they see in its flames.

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"Celebrates both the delights of storytelling and the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild."—ALA Booklist Booklist, ALA

"readers will be rooting for [the boy and his grandfather's] safe delivery" School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Not sleepy, Gramps and Jesse rock in front of a fire in the fireplace. Gramps gets their imaginations started, when he sees an apple tree. After this there is a lot to see, both beautiful and scary. They escape from the fire dragon the same way they discovered him: through using their imagination. Up a tree, off in a hot air balloon, down a mountain, through a jungle, across a wide river, down a dark tunnel, until the dragon gets too close to Gramps. Jesse saves him with a fire truck and a hose which makes the dragon smaller and smaller, until only embers remain. And they rock until they fall asleep together. This book could be a springboard for adventures other grandpas and grandkids might have. 2000, Clarion Books, Ages 3 to 6, $15.00. Reviewer: Margarette Reid
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PreS-Gr 3-A grandfather and grandson sit before the fire one evening. The child asks for a story and Gramps tells him about the fire dragon. As they stare into the fire, the creature appears and begins to chase them, growing larger and larger. Thanks to some quick thinking, the storyteller and the little boy overcome the beast with water. Roberts's tale has a breathless pace that will keep children turning the pages. The dragon is never really scary, because Iwai has drawn a lovable creature in a big body. The bright colors fit the rollicking action, and the use of two-page spreads highlights the crisis spots in the text. The boy and his grandfather are drawn so sympathetically that readers will be rooting for their safe delivery.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395698495
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

MELISSA IWAI has illustrated many books for children, including Gramps and the Fire Dragon . She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

Bethany Roberts has written several popular books for children, including seven Holiday Mice books, Monster Manners , Cat Parade , and Waiting-for-Christmas Stories . She lives in Hamden, Connecticut. Visit her website at www.bethanyroberts.com

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