Raising Dragons

Raising Dragons

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When a dragon hatches on her pa’s farm, a young girl finds a best friend. At first Ma and Pa are wary of Hank, but it’s not long before they see him as their daughter does--and welcome the baby dragon into their family. As it turns out, Hank is not cut out for farm life, but still, he warms the hearts of those around him and leaves a legacy that no one will ever forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152165369
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 384,633
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

JERDINE NOLEN is the author of the Bradford Street Buddies easy reader series and numerous picture books including Raising Dragons, Thunder Rose, Plantzilla, Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, and Irene's Wish.

ELISE PRIMAVERA has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her Christmas classic AUNTIE CLAUS earned two stared reviews and was a New York Times Bestseller.

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"A joyous tale of friendship and adventure."—School Library Journal
"This magical tale of friendship will send youngsters scurrying to find (or invent) a dragon of their own."—Los Angeles Times
[star]"Enchanting . . . Youngsters will hanker to go on this journey; it will set their imaginations soaring."—Publishers Weekly

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Raising Dragons 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a thoughtful story about how a little girl (judging from the pictures, I'd place her age at 6 or so, but her actions in the book seem to put her closer to 8 or 9 - even considering that fantasy characters get a lot more freedom than real kids!) learned that raising dragons was "in her blood".There isn't any tragedy in this book. The unnamed girl (closest we get to a name is "Cupcake", but that's probably not intended to be her real name) talks about the great things her dragon does, but there's nothing to scare or upset the little ones. The worst thing that happens is that her dragon becomes popular, so she decides to bring him home - and even then, it's clear he comes back to visit.It's a really good book. Very vivid, colorful illustrations, realistic dialog, and a charming story.There are a few things you might want to take note of.The narrator doesn't speak Standard American English, but instead uses a nonstandard dialect. I think of this as a good thing, but some people do find that a problem, so I thought I'd make that clear.Also, the whole story does start when the girl deliberately disobeys her parents, it says so explicitly, and there don't seem to be any consequences for that. I don't have a problem with this, but I know some people might.It should additionally be noted that this is a very long, very wordy book. The cover on my edition suggests that it's for children over the age of six, and I agree. This is not a picture book well suited for toddlers or for children with a very low attention span.
MarthaL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a warm hearted story this is. I love the tone. The way the little overall clad, barefooted, pigtailed girl narates the story of how she discovered the huge multi color egg that hatched into a baby dragon that she raised and sent off on his own is just delightful. A grandmother such as myself who has experienced the cycle of launching her children can really relate. This award winning book would make an excellent read-aloud for early primary grades. At the end when Hank the dragon is gone the little girl sees in the sky another dragon and there on the ground are more eggs. She concludes with: "The same way Pa knew that farming was in his blood, I knew that raising dragons was in mine.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a farm girl takes care of a dragon egg and then baby dragon, the dragon repays her by helping out with the farm work. In the end the dragon must leave to join the other dragons, but she is given more eggs to raise. Raising dragons is her line of work.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You have to love a picture book that uses the word "beholden."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this story and my girls adore it. Interesting story with a adventurous little girl and great pictures. Grandma and Grandpa are even getting a copy for Christmas so they'll have one in their home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my grandson whose Mom is stationed in Guam (an island). I loved it and am sure he will too. The book is entertaining from beginning to end. A book you will read over and over again. I sent him cutout dragons to decorate and made paper envelopes in bright green for microwave popcorn that read "Dragon Popcorn, Especially Packaged for Nicholas. I took the book to work and many coworkers are also purchasing it. All enjoyed the story and illustrations (and paper dragons). I will be purchasing another copy for myself because I enjoyed it so much and want another copy on hand for other young visitors. Purchase this book, you will never be sorry. Now where can I get some dragon eggs?
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very sweet story, with great illustrations. The kids loved it, and so did mom and dad. We read it over and over.