Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul & Evangeline Denmark illustrated by Vincent Nguyen - Book Review

In this cute tale on learning to be brave even when you're scared, Roger the turtle and Padraig the dragon go on a safari (in their backyard.) The story is based on the verse "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid...God goes with you; he will never leave you." Deuteronomy 31:6. When Roger and Padraig can't fall asleep in their tent, they begin to hear sounds in the night. They imagine up all sorts of things and reasons for the sounds. In one instance a "kitten - er, leopard" is stuck in a tree and they venture out in the "jungle" to rescue it so it can get back to its "mummy." This book will teach your child the value of caring to for those smaller and weaker, and showing concern for others.

While I don't think this story would be great for most preschoolers, it was a good fit for mine. I think this would be a better fit for a 4-6 year old. My son loved the illustrations and the questions I asked him throughout the story. The one downfall for some may be the very British way the story is told. I didn't mind it because I've lived with Thomas the train for the last 2 years, but others may find it distracting or hard to understand.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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