Monday, February 14, 2011

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari
Title:  The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari
Authors:  Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark
Illustrator:  Vincent Nguyen
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Publication Date:  January 11, 2011
Format:  Hardcover, 40 pages
Age Group:  4-8
Series:  The Dragon and the Turtle #2
Official Website:  The Dragon and the Turtle

Roger the turtle and Padraig the dragon are having a camping adventure and are determined to spend the entire night outside.  The noises in the night make them nervous but they stick together and invent stories to explain them.  When a smaller animal needs help will they be brave enough to leave the tent and come to the rescue?

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari is a very cute book.  I absolutely love the illustrations.  Roger and Pedraig are very fun characters.  Although they both get scared during the night, they are able to get past their fears because they are together.  This is a great lesson for kids.  There are lots of potential topics for discussion in the book as well.  The very last page of the book includes a Bible verse and some talking points that can be used with children.

One thing that I did find confusing about this book is that a good portion of it seems to be written in British English.  I have not read the first book in this series, The Dragon and the Turtle, so I don't know if it is written in the same style or if the language used in this book was supposed to be part of the adventure.  Either way, I think the language could really throw off American children with the unfamiliar words and phrases.  I suppose this could be used as another point of discussion.

My daughter is only 2 so this book is a little old for her at this point.  She promptly claimed it when we took it out of the package though, saying "Mine!" and holding it closely.  I actually had to wait for her to take a nap before I could get a good look at it!  Although she enjoys the pictures, we will wait a bit before trying to actually read the story.

I received The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari through the Early Reviewers program at LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

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