I love a great children's story book. I love being swept into an adventure with the characters and crescendo with the climax and rejoice at the end when all turns out well. However, I felt this was a difficult book to journey into with the Padraig & Kevin. The dialogue between the little dragon and turtle seemed to weigh the imagination down a bit. The book does have redeeming qualities as it includes an interactive conversation starter to do with your young ones as well as a bonus story. My children thoroughly enjoyed this book and we were able to dialogue over the bible verse and questions posed. So, Padraig & Kevin were able to safari into the imaginations of my children and take them on a moral journey to address the fears of strange noises, darkness and an almighty God who goes with them. So, in the words of Kevin, " It is time to be courageous," and introduce this adventure to your family.
Based on the cover and description, I expected I would be able to highly recommend this latest book from "The Dragon and the Turtle" series. Unfortunately, "The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari" did not quite live up to my expectations.
Illustrator Vincent Nguyen has done a marvelous job creating adorable characters and exciting backdrops. As a picture book, this would have been wonderful, eliciting enchanting imaginary tales. However, the story itself seemed somewhat lacking.
I appreciate the authors' attempt to teach a lesson in encouraging others and overcoming fear, but the point was conveyed so subtly, I don't believe it will be appreciated by young readers without a great deal of prompting. To that end, the book does provide some discussion questions (strangely, inside the back cover, not on their own page), but the questions seem almost forced. Perhaps they were an afterthought to bolster the easy-to-miss lesson of the storyline.
Further, extensive use of British-English vocabulary leave me wondering if many U.S. children in the targeted 4-8 year old range could follow the dialogue.
I imagine children will enjoy this book on some levels, but I am certain it has not hit the mark on teaching a Christian lesson.
I received this book from publisher Waterbrook Press so that I might give my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, as I am not required to write a positive review.
Padraig and Roger spend the night outdoors in this story of courage and helpfulness. The night is dark and there are scary noises but the two friends make it through by imagining what animals are making the noises. Their imaginations are brought to life by the illustrations which capture both the actual and imaginary animals.
We have two young children (almost 2 and almost 4) who sat through the whole story, even though it's a little long. They loved the story as a story and when they get a little older, and have longer attention spans, we can use the discussion starters in the back of the book to talk with them about the truths hidden within the story.
I was given the opportunity to review this book by the publisher in exchange for this review.
Padraig the Dragon and Roger the Turtle are camping outside in the dark. Their imaginations run wild. Exaggeration accompanies their fear. However, their friendship and their compassion shine through and boost their courage. When I read the book to my son, I found it a little confusing in the beginning but it turned out to be a silly, fun book. Unfortunately, the authors use a few big words that young children may not understand. Moreover, the story seems long and thus doesn't hold children's attention very well. The illustrations are cute but mostly dark because the setting is nighttime. This book includes a bonus story (The Legend of Mount Sillymanborrow) and conversation starters for discussion with your child(ren).
What an incredibly clever, fun book! I love Donita Paul's dragon books and I see this as a delightful way to introduce younger children to her dragon characters. The imagination that is used in this book is wonderful. As Roger and Padraig are on their camping trip, everytime they hear a sound we see a picture of what caused the sound (owl) and then Padraig says what he thinks caused the sound (howler monkey) and then it shows a picture of a cross between the two (owl and howler monkey). I found myself enjoying seeing what the animals would turn out to be... regular backyard animals crossed with safari animals. What fun! My kids will love this book!