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Product Details

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475221533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475221534
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 8.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,254,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

This is my first children's story.  The inspiration for it came from an incident that happened many years ago when our boys were little.  We lived in a mobile home and every time the furnace turned on it made a lot of noise.  Each time the boys would immediately stop what they were doing and ask "what's that?" and at some point, my wife walked them down to the cabinet that hid the furnace and told them that a dragon lives in there and the noise they hear is just the dragon waking up and blowing warm air to heat the house.  From that time on, whenever the furnace turned on, the boys would say "the dragon's awake" and continue playing.  I wrote the story a few years later. (On my Commodore64.  It was that long ago.)

After publishing my first novel, SEAMS16:A New Home, and while I was working on my second, SEAMS16:Arrival, I thought of that old story and asked my brother, Lanin, if he would be interested in illustrating it.  He agreed, so I dug the story out and looked it over.  I've learned a lot about writing since then, so I gave the story an overhaul before passing it on to Lanin.  I publicly asked for help in naming the story and my niece's daughters (age 3 & 5) suggested "Sam and the Dragon".
Works for me. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

About the Author

Born and raised in West Mitten, USA (Grand Rapids, MI), Eric still lives in the area in a house he built, (literally), with the help of his wife, Therese, and two sons, Eric Jr. and Nicholas, (and various other friends and relatives). The boys are grown and gone, although they both live in the area. Eric and Therese have managed to get past the empty nest syndrome and currently only share their home with their two dogs, Sable and Tucker, and a cat, Liza. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Eric B. Thomasma was born and raised in West Mitten, USA. He still lives in the area in a house he built, (literally), with the help of his wife, Therese, and two sons, Eric Jr. and Nicholas, (and various other friends and relatives). The boys are grown and on their own now, but both live in the area. Eric and Therese have managed to get past the empty nest syndrome and currently only share their home with their dog, Tucker.

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The illustrations are wonderful and add much to the story.
Karen Kelly Boyce
I recommend this book for parents with small children, as it brings dragons together with people in the form of close friendship, a valuable message for kids.
C.C.Cole
Sam and the Dragon was written by Eric B. Thomasma with illustrations by Lanin Thomasma.
CK Webb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
I don't usually review. I believe all works of literature will take you somewhere, it's just that some roads are less bumpy than others; however, when my little one wants to reread a story, I know it's a winner for children, and the word needs to put out that it has the potential to take young children on a grand adventure----one on which they may wish to go over and over again!

As for myself: I have now read "Sam and the Dragon" six times. Eric B. Thomasma combines ingenuity with imagination (not to mention Fantasy's ultimate archetype of warmth----the dragon!) to give children a wonderful perspective on home heating! I will never see my furnace in the same ole' light again!

"I wish I had a dragon! I wish I had a dragon!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.C.Cole on July 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
"Sam and the Dragon" is a delightful, inspirational read, which is excellent for small children. The boy Sam befriends a dragon named Freness, who keeps his family warm during cold winters. The simplicity of the story along with the nicely done illustration carries the reader along with Sam's experience that ends on a beautiful, positive note. I recommend this book for parents with small children, as it brings dragons together with people in the form of close friendship, a valuable message for kids. Five stars!
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By JT on July 19, 2013
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This children's picture book is just a delight! Cute story--wonderful to get children to predict and enjoy make-believe about a common part of their home.
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