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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080279789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—If only all "message books" could be as winning as this rhyming ode to environmental responsibility. Dragons play the part of humans here, and the troubles they create are many: they keep making more dragons, they take up all the space with their buildings and roads, and they never pick up after themselves. Gliori's trademark whimsy defines the wide-eyed characters, and, in a clever illustrative echo of the textual themes, the other animals only appear in silhouette at the pictures' edges until the moment when the dragons realize that they need to clean up their act. When they start listening to the other creatures, they learn how to leave the trees and wild places alone and reduce, reuse, and recycle. What could have been heavy-handed is magical, thanks to the playful artwork and bouncy rhymes. Though the text sticks to the basics of taking care of the Earth, the illustrations offer fodder for discussion; for example, a picture of Santa Claus, pants legs rolled up as he wades into what used to be a glacier, gifts floating in the water nearby, would be a great starting point for talking about global warming. Teachers and media specialists will find this an ideal book for Earth Day and environmental science lessons.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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'Tackles global warming for pre-schoolers: no easy task but beautifully done as an allegory of wasteful dragons who heat the world by breathing fire' Sunday Express magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The illustrations are beautiful, playful yet serious, and I love the rhyming text.
zenzinn
This is a children's picture book with a powerful message about how we need to change or we will lose the world we live in.
D. Fowler
It's not that I even disagree with it, but now I know to look a little deeper at what I thought was a cute story book.
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Format: Paperback
There were all kinds of dragons and the problem was that there always seemed to be more of them coming along. The dragons just started "spreading all over the place." They were on the roads in cars that spewed out CO2, to say nothing of their factories and their cigarettes. Pee yew! Dragons were all over the place. They were very messy and they just didn't seem to care.

"Dragons chop down the forests,
which melts both the poles
and punctures the atmosphere
full of big holes."

Oh, my! Everything was getting hotter and things were getting out of whack by the day. The seas were rising, and the deserts were becoming larger . . . all because of the carelessness of the dragons. Things were looking very sorry indeed. The wildlife was leaving and things started to look very bleak, but now the dragons were starting to notice the damage they had done. Would it be too late for them to save the world or was there something they could do?

This is a children's picture book with a powerful message about how we need to change or we will lose the world we live in. This story in rhyme will tug at the heart and minds of the adult reader and instill an environmental message in the young child. The art work is very colorful and appealing. And so, as the author says, "Respect all Earth's creatures and cherish the land. Recycle, reuse, and reduce your demands." Perhaps you can buy this book and share it with your friends!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindira on October 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the most ridiculous book I've ever read to my son. Now, I care about the planet and believe in doing my part to buy local produce, reduce waste, etc. But the message of this book has all the subtlety of a jackhammer. This book is more likely to make children feel bad about the way they live their lives than teach them anything useful about being responsible about one's consumption and carbon footprint.

Basically the message is "Look at all the terrible things that dragons did! Had too many babies! Built big cities! Cut down trees! Now they're extinct! And if you're not careful, you will be too!" Even if we ignore the fact that this message has nothing to do with any ACTUAL dragon mythology, it doesn't even do a good job of encouraging kids to do things within their own power to live responsibly.

The illustrations are cute, if a bit busy. The rhyming text is cute too. My 2-year-old son is too young to understand what the book is actually about, so he likes it because he gets to look at dragon pictures. But I won't be reading it to him for much longer. I'll be getting rid of it, in favor of some different dragon book that's actually about, you know, DRAGONS.
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The children enjoyed the pictures and can relate to the story with a bit of explanation. Good book for Earth Day week at school.
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Beautifuly illustrated and written this book is a hidden gem that I just found ! The subtle environmental lesson about climate change is wonderfully presented , this would be great to read to a class as part of a unit , or to your own children to introduce rhyme , lessons and the environment . Loved it ! And the cute dragons :-)
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I was not expecting to be blown away by a children's book! The illustrations are AMAZING!!! It has become my favorite children's book and my toddler often will read it (flip through) by himself. I thoroughly enjoy reading this book, over and over again. Granted, I do not have exactly the same viewpoints as the author regarding environmentalism, but it is still a great read. I appreciate the fact that the book is printed with vegetable inks and on recycled paper. I highly recommend this book and I plan on purchasing it (along with the Peter Rabbit Naturally Better books) for every baby shower and birthday party.
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I grabbed this off the shelf at the library just based on the word "dragon", but I was so pleasantly surprised! We enjoyed the lyrical prose and the whimsical artwork, but especially the wonderful message! The story is about dragons who are selfish and don't take care of things and destroy their world and how it was a bummer until they decided to try and make it better. I think the critical reviewer here is turning this into something it isn't and using it as a platform to spout his own agenda. I think any fair-minded person can see that it is OK to point out that destroying ones resources has consequences and that by being mindful of our environment and others we can make our world better. A positive message about trying to be respectful of our earth and share our bounty is certainly not "green religious indoctrination".
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I really like the message this book offers and the illustrations are wonderful, however my 3yr old daughter doesn't really get it. I keep reading it to her anyway -- brainwashing works best when we start young :)
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