- File Size: 2577 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JZ6QIME
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,388 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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|Grade Level: 3 - 8|
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Ivy and Carrie are best friends who feel their teacher's new project -- to take care of and babysit an egg said teacher swears is a dragon's egg -- is silly but harmless. Said project turns out to be neither when the egg hatches into an adorable baby dragon while in their care, whom they name Sparky. But there are sinister creatures out there who want the little dragon for themselves, and when both girls find themselves sucked into another world full of killer birds and a skeleton kingdom, they have to find the courage to rescue themselves, save Sparky, and find their way home.
As much as I enjoy fantasy as a genre, I feel this book worked best when it dealt with the personal lives of the two main characters -- Ivy's overprotective hippie parents and Carrie's parents' constant fighting and threatened divorce. Both these plots could have been interesting to explore and even added depth to the fantastic parts of the book. Sadly, they feel under-utilized, and mostly used as a way to make the girls seem like more complex characters than they actually are.
The book itself has rather blind writing -- I get that authors think prose for children needs to be simple, but there's "simple" and there's "so bland and simple that it's boring." Children are perfectly capable of enjoying great writing and worldbuilding, and you can't just do a bad job at it just because you're writing for kids. This applies to the worldbuilding and characters as well -- the characters are all flat stereotypes (even the main characters!), the worldbuilding is lousy and full of holes, and little is done to actually tie the events of the plot together.
And some things in this story are never fully explained -- what do the gollivants have to do with anything? How does a school teacher get away with trying to teach kids that mythical creatures are real? What happened to the creatures who kidnapped one of the girls early on (I no longer remember which girl, they're both pretty much identical save their backstory)? Is the book implying that dragons have past lives, or does that never get explained? I get that this is the first in a series, but you can't leave EVERYTHING hanging for the next book...
Maybe I'm coming down too hard on this book... but I firmly believe that you can write a good kids' book without getting lazy with your writing and worldbuilding. Literature for kids doesn't have to be "dumbed down," and sadly this book feels like a case of "dumbing down" the material so the kids will "get it." Have a little more faith in young readers, authors...
Nobody believes in dragons of course. Not even Ivy and Carrie. They’re almost as hard to accept as fairytale monsters and broken families… almost as hard to understand as the life and death of love.
But soon the two girls are experiencing exciting adventures, getting lost and found, learning the meaning of friendship, and finding the strength they need within themselves. A fire-breathing dragon helps and it’s all exciting fun.
Disclosure: I can’t remember how I got this one, but I’m glad I did.
Fierce Winds and Fiery Dragons is a delightful and charming book for the younger reader. I read it with my grandkids and they loved. Nan Sweet writes in a wonderful, simple and imaginative style that will guarantee the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely story to share with them.
It seems to me that this book was created with a lot of love and joy and it’s clear that the author really enjoys creating such wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have obviously worked so hard to refine. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s coming next. A well-deserved five stars from us!
Ivy and Carrie are great friends, but their lives are, in many ways, so different. While one has a life which runs smoothly, the other's parents are facing divorce. Ivy is then plagued with nightmares...ones that could relate to the new class project. So when Ivy has the chance to take a day to care for a dragon egg, she turns it down. Still, life has other plans.
I enjoyed the balance between a familiar setting and character lives with the toss in of something as fantastical as a dragon. Ivy and Carrie start out as very usual girls in a very usual classroom setting with very usual problems. Both girls have good hearts, and both struggle with their own problems. Add in the normal classroom drama, and it's something young readers will connect to right away.
The dragon egg settles in with so much finesse...as if it's a natural part of any classroom activity. But, of course, that's when the real adventure starts. The pacing holds smoothly until the last page and keeps readers in the pages. It's a fun tale in so many ways, and one kids are sure to enjoy.