The Dragon and the Turtle is a cutely illustrated, and uniquely descriptive picture book about Padraig the dragon and his new friend, Roger the turtle. I think most children in the age range of 4-10, would enjoy this book - although it seems my 8 year-old son enjoyed it more than his older sister, probably due to the fact that it includes 2 boys (one of them a dragon), and a pretend pirate adventure.
For a brief synopsis, two completely different boys meet and become friends; Padraig realizes his new friend is lost and does everything he can to help Roger get back home; the boys use the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste to finally find the right house.
Unlike other picture story books I've seen, this one has a couple of pages that come after the story to help a parent or caregiver delve deeper into the meaning of the book. It offers a Bible verse (Proverbs 17:17,) as well as discussion questions regarding friendship. It even gives a recipe on the last page for Chocolate Chip Snappers, the special kind of cookies mentioned in the book.
Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I am beginning with my thoughts on a children's book I recently read. It is titled "The Dragon and the Turtle". It is by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen. I personally enjoyed this reading this book to my boys because I was immediately thinking about the selfless nature of the turtle and the perseverance involved in the story. I also love teachable moments such as learning new words like exasperated and gurgled. After we read the story I then turned the page and fell in love with this book! I love that it talks about Bible verses and relates them to the story. It gives you things to talk about with your children to teach them values and friendship skills. It is great!. THEN, you turn the page and there is a recipe for Chocolate Chip Snappers (a food that is discussed in the book) The process of reading this book, relating it to scripture, then cooking a snack, is an afternoon activity! I absolutely love the creativity of this story and all that is involved in the book. The only downside I would say is that it didn't always keep my boy's attention, maybe a bit wordy. Of course, they are 2 and 4 years old. I give it 2 thumbs up!
The Dragon and the Turtle is a nice children's book that teaches about friendship and how to be helpful to others. The reading level for this book is ages 4-8. In the story, Roger (the turtle) is lost and trying to find his way home. Padraig (the friendly dragon) goes above and beyond to help his new friend find his home.
The illustration by Vincent Nguyen in this book is wonderful and helps to engage the reader. The gist of the story is creative, encouraging the young readers to see how to help when someone is in need.
However, I felt that too many details were provided in the story. While the information was relevant, the additional details did not engage the reader and seemed unnecessary to the story line. It would be easy for the younger audience to be distracted with this amount of text on each page.
Also, some of the words chosen for this story were too advanced for the younger readers in the target audience. Words like "exasperated", "preferred", "swooped", "gurgled", and "uncharted" would be challenging for the younger audience and could potentially cause confusion in trying to fully comprehend the story.
The Dragon and the Turtle by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark is a children's book about an unlikely friendship between a lost turtle and a kind dragon. Their friendship begins when the dragon goes out of his way to help the poor turtle find his way back home after a pretend shipwreck got him off course. My children, ages five, four, and two were all very interested in this book with its beautiful illustrations and storyline that touches the five senses of taste, hear, see, smell, and feel. It was a fun book to read and kept our attention to the end. In the end, we saw how the dragon was rewarded for his sacrifice and how a little kindness goes a long way.