No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids

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While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl has the surprise of her life -- she meets a real, live, fire-breathing dragon! Now this dragon is nothing to be afraid of -- in fact, he's so friendly that she invites him home for tea. But their afternoon snack is suddenly interrupted when the dragon sneezes and sets the table ablaze. Luckily, the girl knows just what to do, and she teaches her new friend to be fire smart, too. With its funny, rhyming verse and spunky illustrations, No Dragons for Tea shows kids ...
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Overview

While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl has the surprise of her life -- she meets a real, live, fire-breathing dragon! Now this dragon is nothing to be afraid of -- in fact, he's so friendly that she invites him home for tea. But their afternoon snack is suddenly interrupted when the dragon sneezes and sets the table ablaze. Luckily, the girl knows just what to do, and she teaches her new friend to be fire smart, too. With its funny, rhyming verse and spunky illustrations, No Dragons for Tea shows kids that learning about fire safety doesn't have to be scary. The story ends with "The Dragon's Fire Safety Rhyme" -- a fun and easy way to remember what to do in case of fire.
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A girl finds herself in the middle of a fire when her new friend (who happens to be a dragon) sneezes ... The girl is obviously well schooled inn fire safety, knows just what to do. The dragon, however makes some mistakes. He hides under the rug, then once he gets outside, he wants to go back for his stuffed bear. The girl sets him straight. “Don’t ever go back — that just will not do. We can get a new bear, but we can’t replace you.” Humourous colored pencil illustrations accompany the lively rhyming text, which ends with a catchy fire safety poem that kids can easily memorize to help them remember basic fire – safety rules. An entertaining way to teach or reinforce fire safety concepts, this will come in handy during fire-awareness wee.
Canadian Book Review Annual
This clever rhyming story is effective in conveying the rules of fire safety to children. Colorful illustrations clearly depict correct responses to an emergency situation. At the back of the book is an easy-to-learn safety rhyme and a fire safety checklist for parents and teachers to discuss with their children. This excellent book should be in every home and school library. Highly recommended.
From the Publisher
A low-key but effective approach to the serious topic of fire safety ? An attractive, useful volume.

A low-key but effective approach to the serious topic of fire safety ? An attractive, useful volume.

A unique way to introduce a very important subject.

A unique way to introduce a very important subject.

This clever rhyming story is effective in conveying the rules of fire safety to children. Colorful illustrations clearly depict correct responses to an emergency situation. At the back of the book is an easy-to-learn safety rhyme and a fire safety checklist for parents and teachers to discuss with their children. This excellent book should be in every home and school library. Highly recommended.

This clever rhyming story is effective in conveying the rules of fire safety to children. Colorful illustrations clearly depict correct responses to an emergency situation. At the back of the book is an easy-to-learn safety rhyme and a fire safety checklist for parents and teachers to discuss with their children. This excellent book should be in every home and school library. Highly recommended.

(This book) has just the right combination of fact, fun and fantasy to help your little one understand what to do in a fire emergency ... This story is perfect for role-playing. your children will enjoy acting out every scene from the tea-party to the firefighters’ actions. This kind of play may some day save your children’s lives.

(This book) has just the right combination of fact, fun and fantasy to help your little one understand what to do in a fire emergency ... This story is perfect for role-playing. your children will enjoy acting out every scene from the tea-party to the firefighters’ actions. This kind of play may some day save your children’s lives.

A girl finds herself in the middle of a fire when her new friend (who happens to be a dragon) sneezes ... The girl is obviously well schooled inn fire safety, knows just what to do. The dragon, however makes some mistakes. He hides under the rug, then once he gets outside, he wants to go back for his stuffed bear. The girl sets him straight. “Don’t ever go back — that just will not do. We can get a new bear, but we can’t replace you.” Humourous colored pencil illustrations accompany the lively rhyming text, which ends with a catchy fire safety poem that kids can easily memorize to help them remember basic fire – safety rules. An entertaining way to teach or reinforce fire safety concepts, this will come in handy during fire-awareness wee.

A girl finds herself in the middle of a fire when her new friend (who happens to be a dragon) sneezes ... The girl is obviously well schooled inn fire safety, knows just what to do. The dragon, however makes some mistakes. He hides under the rug, then once he gets outside, he wants to go back for his stuffed bear. The girl sets him straight. “Don’t ever go back — that just will not do. We can get a new bear, but we can’t replace you.” Humourous colored pencil illustrations accompany the lively rhyming text, which ends with a catchy fire safety poem that kids can easily memorize to help them remember basic fire – safety rules. An entertaining way to teach or reinforce fire safety concepts, this will come in handy during fire-awareness wee.

Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
"As I raced down the hill in my little red wagon, I veered to the left and smacked into a dragon." This auspicious beginning leads to the young narrator inviting the dragon to a tea party, but trouble begins when pepper tickles the dragon's nose, causing him to let out a fiery sneeze. Pretty soon the whole room is ablaze, and the young girl and her mother must get themselves and their guest to safety. The soft, cartoon-like illustrations are pleasant enough, but this book is most useful for the fire safety lessons contained in the story. Parents and preschool teachers will find this an easy way to impart such lessons to little ones, and the "Dragon's Fire-Safety Rhyme" and tips for grownups at the end of the book will also prove valuable.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When a young girl meets a dragon at the beach, she invites him to tea. While they are enjoying a scrumptious meal, the dragon sneezes a fiery sneeze, and flames shoot up from the tablecloth and curtains. The child's new friend panics and tries to hide, but she keeps her cool and helps to get him and her family out of the house safely. The rhyming text has an infectious cadence that should appeal to youngsters. The colored-pencil illustrations are bright and follow the story line well. Tips are appended for teachers and/or parents to use in helping children learn what to do in case of a fire in their homes. In addition, "The Dragon's Fire-Safety Rhyme" helps reinforce the primary rules. A unique way to introduce a very important subject.-Krista Grosick, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
This rhyming picture book, subtitled "Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)," takes a low-key but effective approach to the serious topic of fire safety. A girl invites a dragon home to tea. Pepper on the pickle causes the problem: "Then the dragon's nose twitched, and he started to wheeze. His eyes misted up, and he blew a great sneeze. A-A-A-Choooooo! Flames shot from his mouth and from both nostrils too." The dragon wants to hide under the rug, but the girl wisely drags him outside while her mother goes next door to call the fire department. The fire fighters, men and women, put out the blaze and praise the child for following fire safety rules. Softly colored drawings help convey the message without frightening the children for whom the story is intended. An attractive, useful volume. (Picture book. 3-8) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550745719
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 112,142
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martine Gourbault is a painter and illustrator. She has illustrated a number of picture books including, I Went to the Bay, Mr.McGratt and the Ornery Cat and the Dragon Safety series. She resides in Vancouver, Canada.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    Animated 'No Dragons for Tea'

    I am an art teacher married to a fire chief and recently had the privledge of having a Mobile, Alabama Fire Safety Officer recite this book to a group of fire chief wives! He used a dragon puppet to bring the story to life. He was so convincing that he didn't even look at the book that he was reading. I intend to write a grant so that all the teachers in my district can receive a copy of this wonderful book as well as a puppet for my husband's fire department. We need a new approach to fire safety and children of all ages love dragons! Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Fun and Educational!

    We were surprised when reading this book how wonderful it was for our 3 and 5 year old. We checked it out from the library just on a whim...and loved it! A must read when teaching the respect and such about fire! And fun illustrations!

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