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The Different Dragon Paperback – September 15, 2006

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About the Author

In 1983 Jennifer Bryan started her long career as an educator by becoming a high school English teacher. As a psychologist and educational consultant for the past 30 years, she has worked to create inclusive classrooms, curriculum and programs in PreK-12 schools. She lives in Northampton, MA with her partner and two teenage children. To learn more about her work as founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, please visit www.teamfinchconsultants.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lives Publishing; 1st edition (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967446864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967446868
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
My children loved this story, especially the dragon who didn't want to be fierce anymore. I also loved this beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated bedtime story and as a "straight" mom, found it refreshing to read a story to my children through the eyes of a boy with two mothers. Reading stories such as this will help to reinforce the fact that no matter what type of family one lives in, one with two moms, two dads, with a single parent or a mom and a dad, the important thing is that we love our children. In today's world, the reality is that my children have friends in their classes who come from non-traditional families and we need to reinforce to them that in this diverse world, we are all okay.
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This is an enchanting book of adventure and storytelling. Noah and his mother Go-Ma weave a tale of a boy in search of excitement and a dragon who doesn't want to be fierce anymore. The author knows exactly how parents and young children tell stories, with input from the child driving the narration.

The fact that Noah has two moms is incidental to the main story. The book is inclusive without being preachy, and shows two moms as just another part of some children's families. All families with young children (preschool and early elementary) should read The Different Dragon for its magical tale and colorful, full-age illustrations. The fact that it celebrates difference--of both the dragon and Noah's family--is an added bonus.
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Written by psychologist Jennifer Bryan and beautifully illustrated by animal lover and knitting wizard Danamarie Hosler, The Different Dragon is a softcover picturebook intended for children ages 3-8, about a boy who learns a lesson about character and expectations during storytime. When young Noah gets ready for bed, he wants to hear a bedtime story with a sailboat in it, as well as his beloved cat Diva, and best of all, a fierce and ferocious dragon! But as the story progresses, Noah feels that the dragon is crying, because the dragon just can't be terrifying anymore. "It's a lot of pressure to be fierce all the time. All that roaring and gnashing of teeth and snorting fire. It's a lot of work to scare people and be so mean. And nobody ever wants a dragon to be funny or sad or just regular. There's only one way for a dragon to be and that's that." Noah befriends the dragon, and shows him that he can do other things than be fierce and terrible - like play badminton or share ice cream. The Different Dragon is published by Two Lives Publishing, the only publisher of children's books expressly intended for kids in LGBT families; and so it happens that young Noah has two mothers, one who helps him get ready for bed (though he needs only a little help) and Go-Ma, who invents the tale about The Different Dragon along with him. Noah's family (consisting of two mothers, a younger sister, two cats, a gerbil, and some fish) are presented as simply a normal part of his life, and not the central focus of the tale. A soft-stated yet groundbreaking picturebook.
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This book has a good storyline but it lost the interest in all of my kids with the writing style.
In the book there is a boy and he has two mommies and the one mommy tells him a story.
If she would have just told the story that would have been better. Instead the whole story of the dragon is interrupted with dialog between the mother and the son. That's when my children got down and started playing.
I wished I would have saved my money on this book. Even though it's great that it's a two mom story, my kids have 2 moms, it just wasn't well written in my opinion.
GREAT book for kids who are starting school is Molly's Family. Discusses much needed issues for a kid with two moms dealing with the issue in school. Buy it for your kids teachers even.
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Jennifer Bryan has weaved a wonderful tale that speaks to the immediate imagination as well as a deep puncture to the heart and soul of what being a child is all about. As a Christian heterosexual family, we were thrilled with a story that presented a normal family with two mothers without pulling our children into a conversation well beyond their years.

Families of all kinds will find familiarity in the bedtime routine of Momma, Go-Ma, Noah, Claire, and the plethora of critters; brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, and settling down for a story. As parents we were reminded how empowering it is for children to use imagination to weave wonderful stories together just as Noah & Go-Ma did. While the back & forth exchange may be difficult for some readers who are used to "having it all layed out", we found it a pleasant and loving conversation. The story spun includes all that draws children in: water, movement, adventure, creatures, and connection with others. The loving and supportive exchange between Noah and the dragon is amazing. A wonderful example for children and enough to melt any parents' heart!

I can't say enough about the illustrations by Danamarie Hosler. The familiar home scenes (toys scattered, children's drawings on the walls, tables cluttered with familiar playthings) gently transform into a moonlit foamy blue sea fit for sailing and then morph to the sprawling great lawn and mountain home of the dragon. The colors are spectacular. Depictions are realistic, yet soft - perfect for bedtime. The dragon is a great presense without being frightening.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
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