The Dragon and the Turtle

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Friends come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Sometimes they’re even dragons.
 

Roger loves adventure. Today he’s playing pirate, sailing the high seas, dancing to the hornpipe, and catching fish. But the wind’s blown him off course and he’s . . . well . . . lost.
 
When Padraig, a kitten-sized, bug-eating dragon, encounters the lost turtle, he offers to help Roger...

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Overview

Friends come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Sometimes they’re even dragons.
 

Roger loves adventure. Today he’s playing pirate, sailing the high seas, dancing to the hornpipe, and catching fish. But the wind’s blown him off course and he’s . . . well . . . lost.
 
When Padraig, a kitten-sized, bug-eating dragon, encounters the lost turtle, he offers to help Roger find his way home. Roger’s directions take some time to follow—his house looks brown, sounds like singing, smells like baking, feels like sand, and tastes like strawberries—and along the way, Roger and Padraig become friends. And friendship always yields unexpected rewards. Like cookies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307446442
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 980,950
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A former schoolteacher, DONITA K. PAUL is the best-selling author of the Dragon Keeper series, The Vanishing Sculptor, and Dragons of the Valley. She enjoys cooking, beading, stamping, knitting, and her grandsons. Not necessarily in that order.
 
The daughter of novelist Donita K. Paul, EVANGELINE DENMARK grew up living and breathing good stories. Now she enjoys fiction writing and loves to share Roger and Padraig stories with her own two rambunctious boys.
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Padraig landed on a branch and popped a bug into his mouth. He grinned as he chewed. The bug was crunchy on the outside and squishy on the inside, and it tasted like nuts and sweet oranges. The treat was yummy, but he still had room in his tummy for one more crunchy, squishy, nutty bug.
 
He looked through the leaves.
No flying bugs.
 
He looked on the branches.
No crawling bugs.
 
He flew to the ground to look for creeping bugs. Instead he found a grumpy-faced turtle.
 
Padraig forgot his rumbling tummy.
 
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
 
“I’m turned around,” the turtle whispered.
 
“You’re not turned around. You’re looking right at me.”
 
The turtle gave an exasperated sigh. “‘Turned around’
means lost. I’ve lost my house.”
 
“Oh.” Padraig sat down with his wings folded and his tail curled in a neat circle. “What’s your name?” he asked.
 
Roger,” said the turtle.
 
“Pleased to meet you, Roger,” he said. “My name is Padraig.”
 
Roger nodded. “Nice to meet you.”
 
“How did you lose your house?” asked Padraig.
 
“I was playing pirates,” Roger explained.
“My ship hit a squall and was blown off course. Now I’m stuck on a deserted island.
Which is fine, but I’m getting hungry.”
 
“I see,” said Padraig. “These waters can be dangerous.”
 
“Indeed.” Roger nodded.
 
“What does your house look like?”
 
“Brown like my shell,” said Roger.
 
“Okay. Wait here. I’ll go scout.”
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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    This is a cute children's book. I enjoyed the friendship theme a

    This is a cute children's book. I enjoyed the friendship theme and how the dragon, Padraig, stuck with the turtle, Roger, and continued to help him until he found his way back home. I can see children enjoying this book because of the adventure and sensory input like the crunchy bugs Padraig was eating. The facial expressions the dragon makes are just precious. The fact that the turtle is lost will touch heartstrings, and his friend's effort to help him is quite touching. Because the way the turtle describes his home keeps building in the details, the mystery needing to be solved also builds from a suspense-like drive to find answers. I can easily see a child turning the pages to find out what happens next.

    The illustrations are beautiful and eye-catching and I can see this book becoming a child's favorite request, like a "read this to me over and over" type story. I would have enjoyed this story for the pictures alone when I was reading a lot of children's books in elementary school. Plus, there are great discussion questions at the end that will inspire talks between parents and their children, Sunday School teachers, and the story include a bible verse. There is a bonus recipe for chocolate chip cookies for moms at the end.

    (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Cute Story

    "The Turtle and the Dragon" by Donita K. Paul and Evabgeline Denmark

    This little book about a dragon and turtle who love adventure and yummy treats was a fun read for my five and three year old boys. The story follows two young animals, Padraig and Roger, as they search for Rogers house. Roger has lost his way, and isn't certain how to get home. He describes his house and his new friend Padraig helps him find his way home. The story is cute, and I liked how it used the five senses to describe Roger's house, as well as many good descriptive words throughout the story. Padraig displays kindness and helpfulness , and at the end of the story there is a short section with a Scripture verse and disussion points. It also includes a recipe for the "Chocolate Chip Snappers" that Rogers mother bakes in the story.

    Overall I thought this was a great story, though I found it a bit long and drawn out when they were searching for Roger's house. It took them quite a few tries before they found the correct home. But, my boys really enjoyed it, and we all really liked the cute illustrations.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group . I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN

    The Dragon and the Turtle was an awesome book. The illustration of the book was wonderful. I do recommended this book for anyone with young children. My son,5, and niece,1, loved it, the book held their attention. Very good story.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    A great book on friendship

    The Dragon and the Turtle written by authors Donita K. Pail and Evangeline Denmark & illustrated by Vincent Nguyen is a sweet tale. In this story, we meet a dragon and turtle that develop a great friendship. The Dragon meets the turtle while in search for a snack for himself but when he sees that turtle is lost, he puts his own needs behind him and helps his new friend. An excellent concept in teaching kids on how we should help each other and be selfless.

    Throughout the story the dragon and turtle go on a search to find turtles home going from place to place. It takes a bit of time till they reach the turtle's home but all the while, children will learn more about what's very special about turtles home that he loves so much. This is great as it can turn a child to tell you what they love and remember about their own home.

    The book is in hard cover format and is very well illustrated and is sure to keep a child's attention as the story is read. At the end of the book, there are discussion questions that are great for home or even a bigger group lesson as being used in children's church or Sunday school. I love that a scripture verse is added in which the book is based off of. " A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity," Proverbs 17:17.

    Included is also a recipe that we hope to try out soon for Chocolate Chip Snapper cookies that the characters in the book ended up snacking on once they reached their destination.

    My 2 1/2 year old daughter really enjoyed this book and we've read it several times since we got it. I am looking forward to getting the next title to see what adventures dragon and turtle go on next.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Excellent children's story.

    If you are looking for a book with heart this is one you will enjoy. When Roger is out looking for adventure he finds that he has become lost and is now in need of some friends and help finding his way. The fun adventure of Roger is sure to delight even the smallest of children and the illustrations truly make this book come alive. Many times while reading I was told, "Don't turn the page yet" as my children's eyes took in each illustration and we talked about the story. The book also includes scripture reference that is great for parents to go over with the children and really expand on the story to another level. I was also delighted to find a recipe at the end of the book for the cookies described in the story. My daughter is anxious to spend some time in the kitchen so we can make the cookies and re-read the story. This would make a great book to gift to a child or to add to your own children's book library.

    *Please note this book was provided for me for free by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my humble and honest review.*

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Good book - a little drug on

    I recently read this book to the children of my daycare. The children consist of two 2yr olds and a 4 yr old. I must say that this book was above the 2 yr olds level and didn't hold their interest well. The 4 year old however loved the book and proceded to read it numerous times after the original reading. The only problem she had was remember the name of the turtle and dragon.

    The pictures were unique - I loved the textures that the illustrator used in the images. The pictures did keep the younger children interested.

    Overall the story was a little long for the younger kids and even drug on a little for the older child. After we discussed the bible verse it relates to and the 4 year old really enjoyed this part. She seemed to understand how it related to the verse.

    "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Cute book

    The Dragon and the Turtle
    By Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark
    Illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
    ISBN:9780307446442

    This book was definitely different than many children's book. It tells the story of two unlikely friends and the adventure of how they met. The book discusses differences that the characters have, and yet they still stick together. I like that the authors included a "parent guide" at the back to help guide lessons and further discussion with one's child. The illustrations are cute. It is a fair book, good lesson, but not overly engaging.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Good Children's Book About Friendships

    The Dragon and the Turtle is a cutely illustrated, and uniquely descriptive picture book about Padraig the dragon and his new friend, Roger the turtle. I think most children in the age range of 4-10, would enjoy this book - although it seems my 8 year-old son enjoyed it more than his older sister, probably due to the fact that it includes 2 boys (one of them a dragon), and a pretend pirate adventure.

    For a brief synopsis, two completely different boys meet and become friends, Padraig realizes his new friend is lost and does everything he can to help Roger get back home. The boys use the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste to finally find the right house.

    Unlike other picture story books I've seen, this one has a couple of pages that come after the story to help a parent or caregiver delve deeper into the meaning of the book. It offers a Bible verse (Proverbs 17:17,) as well as discussion questions regarding friendship. It even gives a recipe on the last page for Chocolate Chip Snappers, the special kind of cookies mentioned in the book.

    Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Fun for reading activities for grandparents and their grandchildren.

    The Dragon and the Turtle, by the mother/daughter team of Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark and beautifully illustrated by Vincent Nguyen, is the latest book WaterBrook Multnomah has given me to review. It's one of those cute Christian stories for children with a positive moral woven through it. It's a good choice for some fun with reading and phonics activities for all of us Sandwich Generation grandparents and grandchildren.

    The Dragon and the Turtle tells the story of Roger, a lost little turtle, who is found by a very kind and polite red dragon named Padraig. The two set off to find Roger's home. Roger was pleased to discover that Padraig, the "kitten-sized, bug-eating dragon" can fly which enables him to go up in the sky and look for Roger's home.

    I like that it's a colorful and interesting book for our grandchildren to enjoy, teaching good character qualities like "a friend loves at all times" and self-control, and I'm looking forward to reading it together with my long distance grandkids the next time I visit them.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Super-cute with a Great Lesson

    Sometimes friendship shows up at the most unexpected, and the most opportune time. This adventure story about a lost turtle and a helpful dragon shows how two unlikely friends can find their way back home if they work together and keep their cheerful attitudes. It doesn't hurt that, like all great adventures, there's also a tasty treasure to be found at the end of the trail.

    The classic line drawing style of these adorable illustrations goes perfectly with the way this mother-daughter writing team invites you into the story. The Dragon and the Turtle even includes great ideas for bringing teachable moments to life with your own family. I recommend picking up a copy soon so you don't get left out of this adventure.


    Please note I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    This book is adorable! A great addition to the series!

    This book by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark is adorable. The first thing that caught my eye was the illustrations. The dragon and turtle drawings are sweet and very kid friendly. As the dragon and turtle form their friendship early on in the story, the dragon begins helping the turtle find his home. Padraig, the dragon, uses the clues that Roger the turtle gives him and still cannot help Roger after so many attempts. However, Roger the turtle still trusts the dragon as he leads him from "brown house" to brown house, trying to match the houses with each clue from Roger. Through the challenges of trying to help someone and accepting help, Padraig and Roger eventually return Roger to where he needs to be. *The Dragon and the Turtle* is an endearing story about friendship and sticking together.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Great Book for Kids

    I loved this book and really enjoyed reading it to my children. I always have a fondness for books that teach wholesome lessons, which this book surely does. The illustrations in the book were adorable and really kept even my youngest (3 month old) attention. We enjoyed the discussion subjects at the end of the book. Which is a great way to keep all kids engaged and learning.

    The recipe at for Chocolate Chip Snappers kept the whole idea alive throughout the afternoon, as my kids made the cookies they continued to discuss the book and while they baked the older kids reread the book to the younger ones. Now what mother would not love that!

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that has kids or work with kids. There is so much you can do with the lesson it teaches.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

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    Wonderful Book for Kids

    I loved this book nd really enjoyed reading it to my children. I always have a fondness for books that teach wholesome lessons, which this book surely does. The illustrations in the book were adorable and really kept even my youngest (3 month old) attention. We enjoyed the discussion subjects at the end of the book. Which is a great way to keep all kids engaged and learning.

    The recipe at for Chocolate Chip Snappers kept the whole idea alive throughout the afternoon, as my kids made the cookies they continued to discuss the book and while they baked the older kids reread the book to the younger ones. Now what mother would not love that!

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that has kids or work with kids. There is so much you can do with the lesson it teaches.

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