Popcorn Dragon

Popcorn Dragon

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by Jane Thayer, Lisa McCue, Lisa Mccue
     
 

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You could hardly blame Dexter, ordinarily a well-behaved young dragon, for showing off when he suddenly found that he could make clouds of smoke. The temptation is irresistible, but Dexter quickly becomes insufferable. First he watches his own reflection in the river in order to admire the smoke. Then he puffs it in the faces of his friends: the zebra, the

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You could hardly blame Dexter, ordinarily a well-behaved young dragon, for showing off when he suddenly found that he could make clouds of smoke. The temptation is irresistible, but Dexter quickly becomes insufferable. First he watches his own reflection in the river in order to admire the smoke. Then he puffs it in the faces of his friends: the zebra, the giraffe, and the elephant. He even blows smoke rings around his own tail to prove how clever he is.

Soon Dexter has no friends left. He is a very lonely dragon indeed, until quite by accident he discovers a way his talent can be used to win back his playmates.

This wonderful story — first published in 1953 — will delight both young readers and their parents, and so will Lisa McCue's appealing new pictures of this lovable show-off.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- This new edition of the much-loved story of Dexter, a young dragon who loses all his friends when he shows off blowing smoke rings, retains its charm despite the pointed moral. McCue's new full-color illustrations capture the whimsical mood of the fable. The animals, although too coy, have appealing humanlike expressions which convey their envy and contempt. Dexter is a small creature with whom youngsters will readily identify. The resolution, in which he wins back his friends by sharing with them his new found ability to pop corn straight from the husks, will thoroughly delight a new generation of children. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688083403
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
196,365
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Thayer was the pen name of Catherine Woolley. Ms. Woolley lived in Truro, Massachusetts, until her death in 2005.

Lisa McCue is the acclaimed illustrator of more than one hundred books for children, including Part-time Dog and The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy, by Jane Thayer, and Irving Berlin’s easter parade. She is also the designer and creator of Fuzzytail Greetings, her own line of greeting cards. Ms. McCue lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Popcorn Dragon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sjMagoo More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for the young child. It has lovely illustrations, and a good moral lesson (without being "preachy"). It was a hit with my 3 yr old grandson, and I would recommend it.