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The best 'Book' on 'Two-legs'...
on 16 September 2008
A beautifully imaginative story set in an alternative medieval dimension. Tells the tale of an long-forgotten world where dragons ruled planet and were in the midst of war (Fire Dragons in the South, Snow Dragons in the North). In the stretch of land that divided the two poles, a race called Twolegs (humans) lived, inferior to the dragons and scampering around in continual fear. The story focuses upon the characters of the Snow Dragon Queen, the Fire Dragon King, a young boy, and a manipulative character called The Book (a prophet with a an unforgiving streak). The story drops in at the time when the Snow Dragons are on the retreat and only the Queen has survived. `The Book' spurs on both dragon leaders to higher levels of antagonism, whilst the prophecy of a two-leg wiping out both armies looms ever-closer.
Suitable for Year 3, but can be read to Year 1 perhaps at the end of school day (placement at Oliver's Battery). Gives great room for imagination, and holds interest with rich characters and illustrations. Behind the luscious setting of dragons and magic, the pupils will retain and become interested in the principles of science (hot, cold, steam, etc) and geography (hemispheres, the world and climate) as a result of this lovingly crafted tale.