With original and sonorous language, Dragonwagon eschews the usual kid-lit themes and describes a simple dinner among friends. The rhythm and repetition are once compelling and lulling, and the illustrations are appropriately lush and rich. This is a book that challenges young kids with--of all things--something far more real than the usual fairies and furry creatures, and it is wonderful to see them rise to the occasion. Within three or four readings, our three year-old was completing the rhymes, and a few readings later identified "sharing" as a central theme. This is the kind of book kids grow on--it should be on every child's shelves.