Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari
Author: Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark
Illustrator: Vincent Nguyen
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Children's Storybook
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 4-8
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 4-10
Overall Rating: 4.5
Donita's Website: www.donitapaul.com and dragonandturtle.com
I discovered Donita K. Paul and her Dragon Keeper series for grown up kids a couple years ago. Iíve loved her stories and books, but never knew she also writes childrenís books. I am delighted to report that the same quality of storytelling shines through in this picture book. Dragon and Turtle are on a big safari at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow. Over the course of their adventure, we start to discover that the base of Mount Sillymanborrow might also be the backyard. Yet, I have a lot of sympathy for two young boys trying to be brave and spending the night alone in a tent.
Dragon and Turtle are determined to brave the entire night in their tent. But will strange sounds and a middle of the night adventure cut their safari short? Be sure to read and find out.
I enjoyed the story as much as my children did. A big round of applause goes out to Vincent Nguyen as illustrator. His pictures had enough whimsy to keep scary things from becoming scary. Then, at the end of the story we get a bonus story that didnít get told around the campfire. Additionally, on the very last page are conversation starters for us big kids to use when talking about character traits like showing concern for others and encouraging others. We had some lively conversation about these topics. It was a wonderful way to instill some of my moral beliefs into my children without preaching to them. We discussed it in context with the story. This is another wonderful addition to our bookshelves.
Question or comment regarding the review or the book? Click here and let Robyn know.