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The Different Dragon
     

The Different Dragon

by Jennifer Bryan, Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
 

This bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how a lively, curious boy helps one of his moms create a magical tale. Together they weave a nighttime adventures that lands young Noah and his singing cat Diva deep in dragon territory. Join them as they make an unexpected discovery and help a new friend find his way.

Also available in Spanish, El

Overview

This bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how a lively, curious boy helps one of his moms create a magical tale. Together they weave a nighttime adventures that lands young Noah and his singing cat Diva deep in dragon territory. Join them as they make an unexpected discovery and help a new friend find his way.

Also available in Spanish, El dragón diferente .

When 7th grader Alba Clark expressed an interest in translation, her Spanish teacher Pamela Torres handed her a copy of The Different Dragon. This passionate teacher and her motivated student worked closely together, delving into the essence of language and searching for words to honor the intention of the original story. Because of their efforts Two Lives Publishing is proud to bring you El dragón diferente.

Author's Note:

I wrote The Different Dragon more than ten years ago, when I longed to read my children bedtime stories that mirrored the reality of our playful, average two-mom family. At the time I was also beginning my work as a PreK-12 consultant, helping schools address issues of gender and sexuality. Early Elementary teachers use The Different Dragon to teach students about the joy of telling stories, the value of being true to oneself, and the problem with stereotypes--- even of dragons. The Gay Lesbian Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) created a PreK-3rd grade lesson featuring Dragon that explores different kinds of families.

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Kirkus Reviews
The elephant of purpose is definitely in the room, but this freewheeling tale, spun by a lad and one of his two same-sex parents, is playful enough to leave young readers unsquashed. As part of the bedtime ritual, Noah snuggles down with "Go-Ma" (unnecessarily introduced twice, along with Noah's birth mother and other family members) to concoct a collaborative story involving a boat, a cat and a wise child dispensing advice to a dragon who is weary of being fierce all the time. Hosler gives all of her characters exaggerated expressions, but places them either in comfortably cluttered domestic surroundings or lush storyscapes. The big, green, ultimately benevolent dragon is transformed to a plush toy in the cozy final scene. Warm colors, vivid language and a pair of dozing cats on the bed add to the effectiveness of this nighttime read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967446868
Publisher:
Two Lives Publishing
Publication date:
02/18/2011
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
34
Sales rank:
387,751
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

In 1983 Jennifer Bryan started her long career as an educator by becoming a high school English teacher. As a psychologist and educational consultant for the past 30 years, she has worked to create inclusive classrooms, curriculum and programs in PreK-12 schools. She lives in Northampton, MA with her partner and two teenage children. To learn more about her work as founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, please visit www.teamfinchconsultants.com.

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