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The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

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by Donita K. Paul, Vincent Nguyen (Illustrator), Evangeline Denmark

  “Padraig, my friend, it is time for us to be courageous.”

Padraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s’mores over their


  “Padraig, my friend, it is time for us to be courageous.”

Padraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s’mores over their campfire. But when the sky gets dark and the sounds of strange animals fill the forest outside their tent, their safari gets scary. This adventure is just what the boys need to discover that the dark might be frightening, but their friendship is stronger than fear.

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The Crown Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

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The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

By Evangeline Denmark

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2011 Evangeline Denmark
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307446459


Roger the turtle blew on his toasted marshmallow. “It’s going to be fun spending the whole night at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow.”

“I didn’t know it got so dark on safari,” said Padraig the dragon.

“That’s why we have this fire,” said Roger.

“It’s a roarin’ good one too.” Padraig settled into his seat. “Toss me another marshmallow.”

“Proper adventurers always say please,” Roger teased.

“Yes, indeed. Please.” Padraig speared a puffy marshmallow with a stick.

Roger searched the ground. “Padraig, my good fellow, is the box of baked bugs on your side?”

As the dragon handed over the crunchy treat, a screeching noise made him jump, hover in the air, then return to the ground with a whump. “My stars! What was that?”

“Not to worry, old chap. That was definitely the call of a howler monkey,” Roger explained.

“Oh, righto,” said Padraig. “Very loud fellows, aren’t they?”

“Indeed.” Roger nodded. “Now about those baked bugs.”

“Oh, stinky aphids! I dropped them all over.”

“I’ll help you clean up.”

The turtle gulped a crispy bug, then paused. “Wait! Did you hear that rustling?”

Padraig squinted into the night. “What makes leaves rattle in the tippy top of a tree?”

The boys looked at each other. “Giraffe!”


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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. Evangeline Denmark likes to turn bedtime stories into picture books. She lives in Colorado with her engineer husband, their two noisy boys, her author mom, and Willie, a cattle dog who tries to herd the entire family into one room.
Vincent Nguyen has illustrated numerous children's books and is also a part of the art departments for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

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The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mama_Kiki More than 1 year ago
I received this book for sampling and was pleased to share it with Charli the other night. It's a fantastic children's story about two friends and their imaginative journey through the wild. With endearing characters and vivid detailed images, it's the perfect way to end the evening with your little ones. Charli in particular loved how much there was to point out on the pages. There is also a bonus short story at the end, with a great moral about giving and sharing, which was equally delightful. *Mama Kiki (this book was received for review from the publisher)
mrsking14 More than 1 year ago
Oh yes, another children's book arrived on our doorstep a few weeks ago from Blogging For Books, and as usual, Cameron was super excited for me to read this one to him! "The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari", by Donita Paul, and Evangeline Denmark, is a heroic story of two young friends, set out to accomplish camping through the night outdoors despite their fears. Roger and Padraig venture outside in their cozy tent, to be brave men. As the night goes on, they hear noises of different animals outside their tent, and as they calm each others worries, they find that these animals aren't as scary as they seemed. Roger and Padraig are so kind to one another and show true friendship in all it's glory by sticking together, calming one another when needed, and rescuing a small leopard out of a tree. This story is a great example of how children should treat people around them, and not make fun of one another when they fear something, but instead to be supportive and kind. What a great message for readers! I do wish that the name Padraig was a bit more simple for those young readers who may have no idea how to pronounce it. The book was a bit lengthy for my 3 year old, however, I believe it was published for an older juvenile reader. Ages: 4-8 years old Book Information: WaterBrook Press ISBN# 030744645X Retail Price: $11.99 My Overall Rating: 3 Stars. It was a nice story with good morals, but was a bit boring for the younger audience. Even a 5 year may have lost interest quickly.
TheoSoft More than 1 year ago
Note: This book was received free as part of LibraryThing's early reviewer program in exchange for an honest review. This book features a dragon and a turtle camping out, telling stories to each other. In the midst of it all, the dragon gets scared when he hears a noise in the woods and the turtle encourages the dragon to be brave and venture out. All irony about a scared dragon aside, this book is an enjoyable little read for children. It's suggested for younger children, ages 3-7, I believe, but I think it might be better geared toward older children, maybe 5-9. My 7 year old and 3 year old really enjoyed it and it offers a scripture lesson on being strong and courageous because God is with us.
Johanna1124 More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 year old son. We both enjoyed the book. I love how creative and unique they were in the book. The illustrations is awesome, the whole book is fun to read. It's a very adventerous book for you and your little one to enjoy
HappyCamperMG More than 1 year ago
The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark has got to be one of the cutest books I've ever read! The british accent just feeds into my desire to act out characters for my twins and this book is definitely one that get's you ready for spring and summer camping! The adorable little characters go on an overnight camping trip to Mount Sillymanborrow and discover a multitude of "wild" animals! I love how the book takes our normal pets and neighborhood creatures and transforms them into giraffes and rhino's! If your looking for a book that is going to encourage imagination and creativity with your children, pick up a copy of The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark at Barnes and Noble!
jjburroughs04 More than 1 year ago
Love this book and the kids loved it too!! The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is a great book that discusses friendship, fear of the darkness, fear of noises and bumps in the night, being helpful, and being open about your fears. I love that there is an extra story at the end of the book and there are discussions questions at the end to help you discuss the book with children. The characters Roger the turtle and Padraig the dragon are adorable. They have a wonderful imagination and are great friends who help each other out in each situation that thy come across while camping out. This is a great book for kids and I highly recommend it. I was given this book for free for this review from WaterBrook Multnomah publishing.
WOMANOFHOPE More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed bout this book was the beautiful illustrations. I loved the pictures so did my children. The story obviously is bout a turtle (Roger) and a dragon(Padraig) going on a safari at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow (I loved the name of this mountain). The story shows how the imaginative boys plan to stay outside all night no matter how scared they get. This book is wonderful tool to show kids how to be brave, but it teaches the basis of a strong friendship even more. My two daughters loved this book especially their silly explanations of the noises they heard like the raccoon turning into the elephant in the book. My daughters really loved that part. This book has cute pictures and a great message. Definitely a book for little kids especially if you are planning a camp trip It would be great around a roaring campfire or by a soft light in a bedroom.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
Just like the title states, this book is about a dragon and a turtle that go on safari. Roger the turtle and Padraig the dragon are excited for a campout and a safari; that is until they start to hear noises in the dark. Though many of the noises scare them, one of them leads them into a rescue adventure. After the adventure they have trouble going back to sleep so they head home and decide to safari another day...after a much needed nap. I chose this book based on the title; I thought my kids would really like a book about a dragon and a turtle on safari. Upon reading the story, I was disappointed. The story was pretty anti-climatic and didn't really seem like there was any point to it. At the back of the book is another short story as well as a discussion guide. This book would have been much better if the included short story and discussion topics were woven into the story. The manner in which they are included in the book makes them seem as though they were an afterthought. Overall, I was not impressed with the book; it could have been something so much better. Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
shuggysmommy More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old son loves books especially books about animals. This one was no exception. The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari is a wholesome story about two friends that set out for a night of adventure they decide to spend the night outside. They offer each other encouragement when the sky gets dark and they start to hear the sounds of strange animals. The book teaches children that friends will be by your side no matter what. The illustrations are excellent. Would be the perfect book for bedtime. The only complaint I have about this book is that it is intended for children ages 4-8. My son is 4 1/2 and he had a hard time sitting through the entirety of the story because it is rather long we did have to take breaks in between to refocus. For an older child is would be perfect. I give it 3 1/2 stars. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for free . I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I paid for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
pianojones More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to get to read this book, The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari, to my 4 year old and 2 year old! The authors, Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, teach a couple of wonderful character traits in this story. The most prominent of which were courage and helping one another. However, the book was not an easy read. I felt the story lacked flow, jumped from one theme to the next and was all around confusing to me and the kids. Vincent Nguyen does an amazing job with the illustrations. The safari animals presented within the book were quite life like. The illustrations were definitely the high point of this book!
SandwichINK More than 1 year ago
Another in the series of Christian stories for young children by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is a cute book for reading activities for grandparents and grandchildren. I had fun reading it, courtesy of Waterbrook Multnomah providing it for me to read and review for you. In this adventure, the friendly dragon and and his turtle friend are spending the night in the back yard on "safari." They encourage each other when they hear strange noises, tell fun stories - but are careful to be kind as they do so, and enjoy tasty treats like s'mores and crunchy baked bugs. I appreciated the good examples they set in the process. So many books for kids spend most of the book having a child be bad and then wrap it up with a quasi-lesson at the end. This shows them having fun but being kind throughout the book and I really love that! I also appreciated that the author included a Bible verse and talking points at the end to help parents and grandparents who want extra ideas for discussing the story with their children and grandchildren.
MsAmberRocks More than 1 year ago
Determined to spend a night out doors under the stars, Dragon and Turtle find bravery they never realized they had. The book "The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari" by Donita K. Paul is an excellent story to share with your children. The book teaches on the importance of friendship, imagination, bravery, and much more. The book does a great job teaching children healthy values. It also includes advice and tips for parents to talk with their children more in depth about the story. The illustrations in this book are brilliant and your children will want to take in every picture. I suggest this book (and the previous Dragon and Turtle title) as a great book for a gift or to add to your home story book collection. In my daughters words this book is "Thumbs up!!" I was provided with this book by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest and humble review.
Michelle2m More than 1 year ago
'The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari' is the second book in an interesting new series by Donita K. Paul, Evangeline Denmark and illustrated by Vincent Nguyen. I love the characters of Padraig the dragon and Roger the turtle, two really good friends indeed. In this adventure the two friends are camping out for the evening. They are having fun pretending that they are explorers on a safari and wondering what wild animals they will see in the morning or that they are hearing that night. The two friends have a series of fears, and troubles to overcome in their night camping out. But the two friends help one another and work together to overcome each one. The story itself doesn't make reference to scripture or to God as Christian children's books usually do but it does illustrate being courageous, concern for others and how to be a good friend. In the back of the book there is a discussion topic page with questions for you and your kids to discuss which does relate the story to scripture and to God. The authors also share the scripture that this story was based on in this section, Deuteronomy 31:6. It's a longer read good for ages 5 and up. The use of British phrases seemed out of place and caused us to step back from the storyline as they are unfamiliar to my two but other than that it was a fun adventure to join in on. There's also a bonus silly tale in the back called 'The Legend of Mount Sillymanborrow' which is a little of a puzzler read. The watercolor illustrations are colorful, charming and imaginative. I'm looking forward to reading the first book of this series now. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
InHisName More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute, lovable story about two friends who decide to conquer their fears by camping out all night at the base of the mountain in the jungle. There are lots of animal sounds but the friends identify the sounds so they become less scary. At the end of the book Deuteronomy 31:6 is quoted "Be strong and courageous". When I was reading this I was thinking of Joshua 1:9 where it says "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." The friends didn't need to be discouraged or afraid. All they had to do was pray to God. He would never leave them nor forsake them. This book was very well illustrated. I like that many of the picture had the boys shining their flashlights - a light shining in the darkness scaring away the evil - kind of like Christ is our light in the world fending off evil. My son talked about a light of truth blowing forth into the world. I thought that was a great analogy.
kmfarmer More than 1 year ago
The Dragon and the Turtle: Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark with illustrations by Vincent Nguyen is a fun book! This story book is about a camping trip that the boys take to "Mount Sillymanborrow." We all know how our imaginations play with us when it is dark, especially when we are outside. Every noise, even the ones that we are used to hearing every day can become very creepy sounding. Dragon and Turtle are doing their very best to be brave and not head back to "home base" before the night is over. As they hear the different noises they explain to each other what they are hearing. First they hear a howler monkey, followed by a giraffe, a heard of elephants and a rhinoceros. Then they hear a baby leopard crying. The two boys determined to be brave go in search of the baby leopard. The illustrations in this book are awesome my favorite is the elephant (though all the rest are great too!). It is a fun story that has a great message about being brave when it is scare around us.
mystery_of_godliness More than 1 year ago
In this book, Pendraig the Dragon and Roger the Turtle go camping. They have challenged each other to make it through the entire night without going home. When they hear night sounds, they provide their own ideas about what the sounds are, sometimes with amusing results. I read this book aloud to my 6 and 4 year old children. They both enjoyed the story. My 6 year old liked the entire book and said he would ask to have it read to him again. My 4 year old liked the book, too, and said her favorite part was when they braved the night to try to rescue a kitten stuck in a tree. I felt the book was awkward to read aloud, because the characters used British sounding phrases such as "my good fellow," "Oh, righto," "Cheerio. Right jolly good," etc. The story line worked well to teach children about facing fears, and being kind to their friends. There is a scripture passage on the back inside cover of the book. I felt it was a stretch to see how that scripture fit with this book. That said, the story is cute, and the illustrations are gorgeous and add greatly to the story line. All in all, it was a reasonable read, but not outstanding. Waterbrook Multnomah provided me in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this review. Thank you, Blogging for Books for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.
afamilyofbooklovers More than 1 year ago
Another great book and adventure of Dragon and Turtle! This book held my young ones attention the whole time. The illustrations are amazing. This book teaches teaches children that proper adventure's always say "please". I love these books that are a fun read and help the children to learn manners.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This book kept the attention of my 3 and 5 year olds. They were chuckling with the dialogue and antics. The books has some good messages..."Proper adventurer's always say please". The graphics in this book are almost like paintings, which I loved! We again discussed the book at breakfast and the kids were both telling what they liked. All in all it is a nice Children's book that will be read again! I was provided with a free copy of this book by the publisher, the opinions are my own
RamblingMother More than 1 year ago
Great book for children to learn about conquering fears. The illustration is beautifully done. This is just a very enjoyable children's book. My daughter gave it a thumbs up and wanted everyone to know she really did like it. She is almost 7 years old.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark illustrated by Vincent Nguyen is a children's story book, in which two personified animals, help to tell an encouraging moral tale about courage and friendship. The well developed animal characters, two unlikely friends: a turtle and dragon, have a sleepover outside in the dark, in which they share more than fun memories, and imaginary adventure but rather they develop a deep friendship where kindness, cooperation and empathy prevail. The two animated personalities and adventure as well as the full color illustrations are sure to capture the attention of young readers. In the end of the book is the additional "story" that was not told within the main story and also contained are discussion questions for parents to engage in a dialog with their children. As a blogger for Water Brook press I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated book about two friends, Roger the turtle and Padraig the Dragon, who decide to spend a night camping at Mount Sillymanborrow. During the night they encounter some scary situations. Because of their friendship, they are able to overcome their fears and help each other make it to morning. The Legend of Mount Sillmanborrow is included at the end, as Roger never did get a chance to tell it to Padraig. Also included are some great questions that you can pose to your child to get them thinking about how we show our friends we care. Also some suggestions about what we can do to face our fears.