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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Jane and the Dragon
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763635707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635701
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Everyone laughs at Jane for wanting to be a knight, except the court jester, who loans her his small suit of armor, and she spends her days practicing knightly duties. When a dragon steals the prince, Jane sets out to rescue him. After a long, wearisome battle, they sit down and talk about what's expected of dragons (stealing the prince) and knights (being men). In the end, she turns an enemy into a friend, returns the prince to his parents, becomes a proper knight with Saturdays off to visit a friend, and dances with the jester at the royal ball. Bathed in a golden light, the whimsical illustrations for this original fairy tale cast a golden glow on Jane's aspirations and adventures. The watery blues and lavenders in the second book are equally fitting and as amusing, as the child and the dragon search for the king's magician, banished from the court because he cannot do a rain spell. Unfortunately, the magician discovers that the missing ingredient is anger, nearly destroying a farming community and Jane's dragon. When the creature is struck by blue lightning and falls into the water below, the youngster saves him and shows the repentant sorcerer that being sorry is only the beginning. Baynton reverses the traditional role of girls in fairy tales and redeems their adversaries. These kindly stories, also an animated TV series, are solid choices.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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About the Author

Martin Baynton has written and illustrated several books for children. His Jane and the Dragon books inspired an animated TV series first developed in Canada and now airing in the U.S. on ABC, iNetwork, and Telemundo. Martin Baynton also writes for the stage, television, film, and radio. Born in the U.K., he lives in New Zealand.

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I love this book and can't wait to read it to my daughter, it's for her birthday.
Carey
Each Jane the Dragon book has a moral lesson, and the lesson in this book is "be true to yourself" and "each person has unique & special qualities."
Howard Aldrich
Her spirit makes her soar well past what is "expected of her" and allows her to achieve her dreams.
Joanne Voisin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
As the mother of a young daughter, I am always aware of how hard I must work to ensure that she sees herself as a person and not an object. I absolutely love how this book turns convention upside down and how Jane is true to herself even when everyone else--her parents included--is trying to tell her to conform. This book served as an excellent introduction to a brief discussion with my daughter as to how she can be anything she wants to be, no matter what others tell her.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Voisin on October 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jane is a wonderful role model for young girls and boys alike. Her spirit makes her soar well past what is "expected of her" and allows her to achieve her dreams. She helps others achieve their dreams as well. The book is well written. The illustrations are beautiful. This was my favourite bedtime book to read to my daughter. When she put away her children's books many years ago, this one stayed on her shelf. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Bailey on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is such a special and unique book. It has a great message, especially for girls. It challenges stereotypes and convention in such a sweet way. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CHOBEART on April 19, 2012
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This was my favorite book as a child growing up. I read and re-read it. It was alwasy empowering to me to hear that girls didn't always have to be what people expect of them, they could be what they wanted. As an adult I still have this book and I give it to every mom-to-be at a baby shower. It's such a good message, she follows her dreams, and makes friends along the way. I just love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denisa E. Dellinger on March 31, 2011
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If you have seen the wonderful Jane and the Dragon tv series you will enjoy the book. You hear the basic story in the theme song and wonder how Jane and her dragon met and what made the king let her train to be a knight. This book tells that story! It is an enjoyable story that engages everyone from children to adults. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emilie Sargent on October 1, 2010
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I may love these books more than my 4 year old daughter, but this one went over extremely well on her birthday this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CEM on January 11, 2008
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This is a great story for girls (and boys) because it tells the story of a girl who follows her dream regardless of what the people around her say. Jane perservered even though she was told "girls can't be knights". The story is told lightly and the drawings are sweet.
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A good book to broaden the horizons of little girls, who might want to be more than "just" a princess.
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