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The Knight and the Dragon (Paperstar Book) Paperback – February 2, 1998
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I first want to say that I love Tomie dePaola's books. His illustrations have a uniqueness about them where they show the story with a couple of extra details, but not so many details that the page is overwhelming and difficult for preschoolers to understand. His books use great vocabulary and story structure to them, with and without words.
This book is an almost wordless picture book. It is about a knight and a dragon. Each character has never fought the other before and decide that it's time to do so. However, before they fight, they must learn how to fight. Each finds a book and reads about how to do their respective parts. The knight reads about making armor and gets all of his gear ready. The dragon reads about swishing his tail and practicing looking fierce. Then they practice on dummies. When they are ready to fight, the line up, charge, and miss! In the end, they don't fight at all, but read new books about making and cooking a bar-b-q.
My students love this book! They love that it has a dragon and a fight! (except there isn't a fight in the end). I love that it introduces them to vocabulary like knight, shield, armor, helmet, lance, sword, castle, cave, and more! Great preschool book!
I liked this book. I'm six years old. I know you don't know why I like it, but I'll tell you. I like it because at the end the librarian gives them books to make a barbecue!
The author helps us get started by establishing a knight who has never fought a dragon and a dragon who has never fought a knight. He tells us that they plan to have a joust, and sends them both to the library to read up on knight-dragon fighting. From there on, for the remaining 24 pages, apart from a few "meanwhiles" we have to supply all of the words and figure out and decide what's happening. And that works great.
There are a number of books coming out recently that consist of illustrations that are open to interpretation, on pages that are formatted for a kid to actually write in his own story. This book doesn't go that far. But, there's lots of room to create different versions of the story every time you go through this book, and it presents a wonderful opportunity for a creative reading and imagining session. There are lots of little jokes and bits around the edges of the illustrations, so you could also have fun just pointing out those to each other.
You know, after a long day I don't know if I'd pick this as the bed-time book. But, if your little reader is in the mood and if you're in the mood, and if there's just a bit of silliness in the air, this book could be a lot of fun.
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For Halloween this year we decided to make my 6 year old a knight and my almost 2 year old a dragon. We're big fantasy nerds so they really enjoyed the romanticism of it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Dylan Hiler
Such a fun and simple read and the pictures are just full of sweet and funny detail. My son LOVES to revisit this boo over and overPublished 28 days ago by Amanda Nail
Pretty sweet book, but I didn't realize that the text essentially stopped toward the end of the book. We had to make up our own end to the story for the last few pages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mom of Two
Most of this story is communicated through pictures. It starts off with text and tells a cute story about a knight and dragon both preparing for battle, but then the text just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SJWSchultz
I loved this book. When reading this to a child, they can look at the pictures and tell you what is going on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laurie Coventry-Payne