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The Trouble with Dragons Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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`Debi Gliori's message to `respect all Earth's creatures and cherish the land' is all the more effective for its gentle humour and quirky artwork' --Books for Keeps
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I bought this because the author had created what time is it mr. Wolf (which was a big hit in my house).
This is like a really condescending global warming infomercial (i am pro recycling etc. But this is ridiculous).
From the author of No Matter What, another powerful message, written in rhyme, with the aim of promoting the message of..... sharing and caring, and working together.... to protect the world we live in, or we will all be extinct......just like the Dragons!
From the dust-jacket flap:-
'When the dragons start spreading all over the place, and their houses and roads use up all the space, they seem set to make a terrible mess of everything.
But is it too late for them to learn to be careful?'
Durable board covers open to 24 high quality pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Clearly laid out rhyming text, enhanced in places, FOR EFFECT!
Example of text:-
'The trouble with Dragons is...
Dragons make Dragons
and they make some more
till there are wall-to-wall Dragons
making Dragons galore.'
The trouble really is that these are rather uncaring, noisy dragons who chop down forests, and blow out hot air - melting the polar regions and causing flooding.
Brilliantly illustrated, poignant in places.....the pictures portrayed aim to make the reader stop... and look.......and think.
'Say goodbye to the world
into which you were born.
Soon everyone else
will have packed up
Imagine a world full of uncaring, selfish dragons?
But even the dragons stop to ponder......a world with no birds and no bees?
The second half of the book identifies the areas the dragons need to tend to in order to reverse the trend.
'Look after all....big and small...
....eat what you reap, from much closer to home.....
.....`recycle, reuse and reduce your demands'.
This has proved a popular choice in my reading corner sessions, mainly due to the illustrations, but some practice was required on my part to get the flow on some parts of the rhyme!
However, the message is quite clear and older class discussions have been remarkably balanced, although ultimately governed by the home environment and individual attitude to recycling.
All things considered, if this book makes just some of the youngest members of my audience think twice, then it is truly doing a great job in early education!