The Dragon and the Turtle: Go on Safari
Padraig the Dragon and his friend Roger the Turtle are determined to spend the whole night outside. It turns out though that the night is full of more adventures than the day.
*This book provided for review by WaterBrook Press*
Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, along with illustrator Vincent Nguyen, have put their minds together for this very entertaining and spiritual training book for children. The great highlights of this work is that the images create a bubbly mixture of aesthetics and convey the total message of each page. For instance, the expressions worn on the turtle and dragon’s face during moments of nervousness sleeping outside among strange animals was classic.
Another plus about the book is that the authors created a wholesome message for children while keeping true to loveable children’s books with similar themes. For example, while Padraig the dragon is frighten of certain noises at night and also afraid of the dark, Roger the turtle never teases him-showing that it is not right to tease friends who are different from you. There were more lessons as well to gauge from this book.
What could have been better about the book is maybe to subtract the hard words. I understand there are some really bright children out there, but terms like aphid and quarry should be defined before reading to your kids(I have included definitions of these words at the bottom of this blog 🙂
Also, the mini story at the end of the book would have made a great book in itself. I will not tell what it is about but it is a treat for you as a reader and your child. What is also amazing about this book is the small discussion at the back for you to share with the class or your child. The book is worth reading in spite of the slight downfalls.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Date: January 11, 2011
Categories: Juvenile Fiction, Religious, Christian
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Want to read an excerpt? Sure! Here you go!
*Aphid- insect that sucks juices out of plants