Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen

The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is an adorable tale of friendship and courage. Roger (the turtle) and Padraig (the dragon) are camping out at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow. They are excited to camp out all night on safari. As they settle in though, they hear some strange noises and encounter things that give them a bit of a fright. They both try to be brave throughout the night though. Will they make it?

I thought this story was very cute--seriously the pairing of a dragon and a turtle? What could be cuter? And while published by WaterBrook Press, there's no dragons praying in the book at all. It's simply a nice tale of friendship and camping out. The illustrations use bold colors and are ever so cute.

As far as readability, there are some issues. The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari is meant for older children--there are inconsistencies in the complexity of the text and some rather large words and phrases that will simply not exist in the very young reader's brain. So this is not a good book for learning to read, but would make a great read aloud book or book for older children.

Check out the first pages below! Also you can now buy this book at your favorite retailer. Thanks to WaterBrook Press for sending me a copy of this book

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