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A little dragon teaches kids the importance of learning their home address and phone number in this adorably instructive picture book by Martha Lambert and illustrator Kate Duke.
Horatio Horndragon is a bit finicky about school, liking "dragon practice and lunch and recess" but not much else. So one afternoon when Miss Scaley gives the class an assignment to practice their name and home information, Horatio decides that "this was not one of the things he liked" and doodles "big dragons and small dragons -- all kinds of dragons -- until his paper was completely covered." As you might imagine, Horatio then gets promptly lost after following a mail-delivering dragon that night, and he winds up all alone in the forest. Fortunately, Officer Flash of the Forest Patrol finds the teary-eyed dragon, and after a scary, uncertain little while, Flash gets a radio message and Horatio gets returned to mother and father. And the next day, the critter eagerly memorizes his address and home phone number.
A sprightly, useful tool that teaches children an essential safety lesson, Lambert and Duke's book is a worthy addition to discussions about getting lost and an excellent reminder to pay attention in school. Duke's chipper illustrations of Horatio playing "capture the princess" at school and racing into Mom and Dad's open arms are simply heartwarming, and with the address and phone number practice sheet in back, your own little critters will be learning their own home digits, just like Horatio. Matt Warner