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.
I found with the picture and the impression I got from the product on the website that it was geared towards a younger age of children. My 3 1/2 year old child wouldn't even sit through the first page. The pictures were great though, but the story itself was overkill
The Dragon and the Turtle is a cute little story of two new friends, a dragon and a turtle, natch! A little lost turtle is "shipwrecked" and his hungry new dragon friend helps him find his home. Using all of their senses, Padraig the dragon helps Roger the turtle find his home. What does Roger's house smell like? Why, it smells like chocolate chip snappers! Not sure what that smells like? Use the recipe in the back of the book to make a batch of your own pirate-y treats.
I absolutely adored the whimsical illustrations by Vincent Nguyen. They are so sweet. The story by Donita K Paul and Evangeline Denmark could be quite effective as a tool for use with children who need help learning how to make and be a friend. Introductions and hand shaking are woven seamlessly into the story as well as more subtle points, such as helping a friend in need rather than thinking only of ourselves.
Two pages in the back provide parents with helpful hints to facilitate a discussion with their children about Biblical friendship.
The boys and I all really enjoyed this book.
***I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.***
I just finished reading The Dragon and the Turtle, having to practically pry it out of my 4 year old daughter's hands to get a chance to read it myself. This sweet picture book tells the story of a little lost turtle, Roger, and his journey to find his home with his new dragon friend Padraig. The two friends look for Roger's house using their senses (the house sounds like singing, smells like cookies, etc.) and learn about their similarities and differences along the way. Though they may look different, eat different food, and do things in different ways, they still have things in common and can be friends. The story gently shows children what it means to be a true friend. Padraig is willing to help another even though he is hungry, but he is willing to sacrifice a rumbling tummy to help someone. The two don't give up (or pout) even when they don't find Roger's house on the first (or second, or third_) try.
Both my 2 and 4 year old girls have been asking to read this book over and over, both for the lovely illustrations (the scarlet-hued Padraig is adorable) and for the descriptive text - who doesn't want to hear about eating crunchy, squishy bugs that taste like nuts and sweet oranges? I also appreciate the wholesome story, and Padraig's example of self-sacrifice, patience, and cheerfulness. The book has a short discussion section at the end that includes a bible verse, Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity". My daughter learned this memory verse last year at church, so it was nice to be able to discuss the verse again and give examples of showing love to others.
Oh! I almost forgot, there is a recipe for Chocolate Chip Snappers at the end of the book, which I haven't tried yet but definitely will!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as part of their blogger review program. The views expressed are entirely my own. Well, and my kids'.
As a former second-grade teacher, part-time librarian, and mother who has read a kajillion books to her seven children over the years I know a good children's book when I see one.
Apparently so do my two youngest daughters (ages 14 and 12.) When the book arrived they both sat down to read it. They are huge fans of Donita K. Paul's Dragonspell books so figured this would be good too.
What a sweet story! The Dragon and the Turtle reminds me of a Franklin book - same gentle tone, same good lessons. Beautifully illustrated, the story addresses the topic of friendship. Turtle is lost and his new Dragon friend helps him find the way home.
I originally planned to use this book as a gift, but might save it for grandchildren, which might be awhile since my son just got married last May and isn't in any hurry to honor his sister's requests to make them aunties.
If you need a gift for a young child or want a break from reading Arthur, Berenstain Bears, Clifford, or Franklin books to the little people in your life, you might want to give this book a try.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Press in exchange for my honest review.