Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Dragon And The Turtle by Donita Paul & Evangeline Denmark

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

In this colorful story we are introduced to Padraig the dragon and Roger the turtle and an unusual friendship is formed. Poor Roger has been playing and his wild imagination got the better of him and he is lost. Fortunately he comes across Padraig who turns out to be a terrific friend and helper. Padraig patiently and relentlessly helps Roger find his home. In the end he is reward with some delicious Chocolate Chip Snappers and a wonderful new friend.

Positives: The kindness and patience Padraig displayed to Roger was great. I also liked the way their friendship was formed - over common interests and differences. The use of the 5 senses also added a nice touch. I was glad to see a mini Bible lesson on friendship at the end of the book with a verse and questions to follow up with for my kids.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: This story made me think of several different Bible passages. Certainly the passages in Proverbs that deal with friendship such  as the one the authors use in Proverbs 17:17, but also the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10.  Padraig helped a complete stranger and what a blessing he received - a new friend! He didn't care that this stranger was a turtle, he was simply willing to help him.  Finally, Padraig also exhibited Christ-like behavior found in Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing from selfishishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." Padraig did not consider his own hunger, only the need of Roger to find his home. For younger children in particular, you could also talk about the 5 senses used in the story and how God has magnificently created us.

Age Level: 3-7 years of age

 I received a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group for this review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the review, Monique. You certainly pinpointed the different aspects that we incorporated in order to benefit little listeners. I am a literary nut! Reading to children before they are actually readers is so important to developing their comprehension skills. Stepping off my soap box now to invite you and your readers to stop by www.dragonandturtle.com to enter the Edible Turtle Contest.