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Although the plot is fairly common, the book has lovely messages such as kindness comes back to us in unexpected ways. United friends can stand against the strongest bullies. Wild animals should be released into the wild to choose their own way.
When initially releasing the dragon, the King says, “We don’t know how big he’ll get and besides, he’ll be better off in his own. Perhaps he will find another of his own kind and have a family.” I was expecting him to return with the family but there is no indication as to what happened to him in his absent years. It felt a little sad to have him spending the rest of his days as the only dragon in the kingdom.
The formatting is inconsistent. Some paragraphs are indented in some are not. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for the choices.
The illustrations by Stephanie Zuppo appeared to be computer graphics which can be beautiful but, in this instance, seem blurred and even muddy at times. The characters of the three Bears and the dragon are drawn well. The same facial image of Princess Kameela and Prince Dayshawn are used on several pages. On page 11, for example, the bears are frowning with their eyes closed similarly to the picture on pages 8, 9 and 13. Several other pages have identical expressions of an O shaped mouth. Readers need more facial detail and expression in a children’s picture book. There is also a problem with proportion as the dragon’s size seems to change on different pages.
This story is 25 pages long with about 40 to 50 words per page. It would suit a child whose reading level is between picture books and beginning chapter books.
Title: Pegasus: A Dragon's Tale
Author: Gina LoBiondo
Review: As reading Button Nose the sad little bear I was quite excited in a way an adult shouldn't be to see what else Gino LoBiondo had in store for us. Pegasus: A Dragon's tale is shorter than Button Nose but that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me. Pegasus: A Dragon's tale like Button Nose is a multi award winning book which is a great achievement for any other but it is not a label I see attached the childrens' books that often so a double congratulations to Gina LoBiondo.
Unlike Button Nose which was a story about friendship, Pegasus is more a story of responsibility which two bear cubs; Dayshawn and Kameela finding a dragon egg which they nurture until it hatches a baby dragon which they name Pegasus. For many year Pegasus grows alongside the bears becoming very attached the Kameela. They often played together and loved each other very much until one day when their father says they have to set Pegasus free to find and live with his own kind. This is a key lesson as letting something you love go is all part of growing up and becoming responsible.
As the bears grew into adults they became more active in their father; the king's rules and overseeing their future kingdom but Kameela never forget about their dragon and often wondered what become of him. After an opposing kingdom declared war against the king the young bear prince and princess are kidnapped and held for ransom. But before the enemy could put their plan into action and huge dragon rescues them and takes them home. Kameela instantly knows it is Pegasus and begs her father to keep him as he will act as a deterant to other kingdom looking for trouble.
Their father agrees as the dragon saved the lives of his children. The ending was lovely as we see Pegasus finally find his home and there he stays even when Dayshawn and Kameela are grown up and have cubs of their own. This story was a wonderful of friendship, responsibility and at times danger. I highly recommend this to all - especially those with young children.
Something clever the author did was having a prince and princess in the story so it will appeal to both boys and girls alike making it a wonderful all round story that anyone can enjoy. While I personally found Button Nose to be more relateable it doesn't make it any less of a great story.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by the author
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