Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E Pendziwol, Martine Gourbault |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

by Jean E Pendziwol, Martine Gourbault
     
 

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After a thump-bumping ride on a slide, a little girl and her dragon friend find themselves inside a fairy-tale book. The stories are familiar, and there's lots of silly fun as the dragon is transformed into fairy-tale characters. But danger lurks in the form of strangers —- including the hungry wolf from ?Little Red Riding Hood? and Snow White's evil

Overview

After a thump-bumping ride on a slide, a little girl and her dragon friend find themselves inside a fairy-tale book. The stories are familiar, and there's lots of silly fun as the dragon is transformed into fairy-tale characters. But danger lurks in the form of strangers —- including the hungry wolf from ?Little Red Riding Hood? and Snow White's evil stepmother. And it's up to the girl to keep an eye on the dragon, who walks alone through deep dark woods and takes treats from people he doesn't know. Little by little, the girl teaches her irrepressible friend to be careful about strangers.

The winning combination of fairy-tale adventure and concrete safety information —- including the Dragon's Stranger Safety Rhyme and the checklist of rules at the end of the book —- provide the perfect starting point for discussions with children about stranger safety.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
[Rhymed couplets carry the story along nicely, while colorful illustrations offer action and ? humor.
From the Publisher
This is a solid addition to most collections, and a wonderful title to include in a safety kit or bibliography.

[R]hymed couplets carry the story along nicely, while colorful illustrations offer action and ? humor.

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this breezy rhyming text, a little girl and her dragon friend enter a fairy-tale world and meet up with villains such as the big bad wolf, the queen from "Snow White," and the fox from "The Gingerbread Boy." In each instance, the stranger attempts to entice the girl and her friend to go somewhere with them, or to eat something. While the dragon sometimes wants to give in, the child is always adamant, such as when the queen attempts to give it an apple. "Dragon!-/You don't know it's safe; it could make you quite sick./Don't fall for that evil Queen's horrible trick." The book also shows children how seemingly helpful strangers, like the footmen from Cinderella, shouldn't be trusted if they don't know them. The illustrations depicting the different fairy-tale characters help move the text along and allow younger readers to identify the stories. This is a solid addition to most collections, and a wonderful title to include in a safety kit or bibliography.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553379690
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
34
Sales rank:
1,113,547
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile:
AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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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