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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 190L (What's this?)
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 8, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780394896250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394896250
  • ASIN: 0394896254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 A simple but clearly crafted text for the youngest readers. O'Connor's book, set in the town of Pee Wee, includes a gallant and brave knight; a damsel in distress; and a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker who are truly knaves. Concrete information about the size of the people and buildings ("the tallest person was no taller than a toothpick") is given in the story so that readers could easily construct a scene to scale. On every page, large, bright watercolor illustrations, detailed with pen, are immensely appealing. O'Brien paints from a variety of bird's eye perspectives. This visual treat combined with large type and a delightful story of heroine rescue will make this book popular with beginning readers. Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, Idaho
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A visual treat combined with a delightful story."--School Library Journal.  

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My five year old enjoyed reading this book!
SJC
It's a joy to read, and a book I highly recommend to all parents with toddlers!
Genevra Brown
The pictures and story are good for her age group.
Marchington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Genevra Brown on March 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Though the book is listed as being for ages 4-8, we bought the book for my then 2-year-old son and it quickly became his favorite bedtime book. The story is adorable, as are the illustrations - and it's overriding message that it's okay to be different and that it's what's inside that counts - is very happy and positive. Even before he can actually read the words, my son has memorized the text, and actually quotes it back, complete with his own sound effects. It's a joy to read, and a book I highly recommend to all parents with toddlers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moonwych1313 on September 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was so great. It encouraged our son to pick up more unfamiliar books to read. He loves it so much that he puts on shows using action figures, puppets, and sometimes just socks. I recommend it highly
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
Easy readers are tough to write, and this one is satisfying on just about every level -- funny and exciting, clever, a plot that works. Our two daughters learned to read with it, and now our son is, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marchington on July 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
My two year old daughter enjoys this book. The pictures and story are good for her age group. While reading it to her like the 5th or 6th time I noticed on page 18 it appears the illustrator stuck a picture of lady flashing her breasts in the window. The color of the curtains are a pink flesh, without a line down the middle and two carefully placed dots. I don't think my daughter will ever catch on, but I don't scour books for little things like this. If he hid anything else like this I haven't noticed yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JM2K8 on September 23, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very good book for a first grader who is learning to read. I would say it is a medium level reader and the story is very cute. My son loves to read this book and the morale of the story-- size doesn't matter-- is prefect for kids! Great buy!
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By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter was 4 when we bought this book to encourage her to read. It's a simple and quick story with a cute twist on the getting rid of a dragon without killing him. The princess is kidnapped but the dragon has no interest in her beyond that thus the suspense of being eaten isn't really explored, so the book is nicely tame for even the most skittish of children. The story is so simple that my daughter practically memorized it after the first reading so using it as an on-going learning tool kind of backfired. But the illustrations are great and my daughter loves the concept of tiny towns and a party after an accomplishment.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a level 2 reading book, It's simple and at times basic with short sentences so I would say a merging from level 1 reader could read this with 'help'.

In a very tiny land there was an even smaller knight. A dragonfly came and took away the princess. But everyone else was afraid of the monster to find the Princess. Sir Small was brave and he went and defeated the monster and found the Princess. Proving that no matter how small you are you can still do big things!
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Format: Paperback
I'm not crazy about this book, and decided to return it. The woman needs rescuing from the dragonfly, and "The butcher said, "I am too old." The baker said, "I am too fat." The spatial relationships are a little off kilter, too. Sir Small's sword is the size of a pin, his shield is no bigger than a penny, but he rides an ant as his steed, and it is huge compared to him.
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