Monday, May 24, 2021

"The Dragon That Didn't Like Fire" - a bookwrap



Oh! Oh! What's going on here?  Something nefarious I suspect....


The Dragon Who Didn't Like Fire

by Gemma Merino


* Ages:  3-5
* Grade Level: PS-K 
* Length:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Pan Macmillan
* Pub. Date:  June 29, 2021
* Language:  English

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The Book


"The Dragon That Didn't Like Fire" is a much anticipated sequel to the "The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water." This sweet story is about acceptance, difference and unconditional love. 

When you think of dragons your mind envisions large fire-breathing dragons that are powerful, intimidating and dangerous.  The little dragon in the story cannot produce fire, she is diminutive in stature, and she cannot fly.  She may not check all the boxes as to what a dragon is supposed to be but her heart is brave and she is willing to find out why she is so different from the other siblings in her clan.  She wants to make her Dad proud of her even though she lacks those important dragon qualities. 

As she unsuccessfully attempts to fly she plunges into a lake.  Her dad  has told his little dragons to stay way from water because it's wet, cold and horrid. She spirals down into the deep she surfaces feeling amazing and euphoric.  How can that possibly be?  Is she truly not a dragon after all?  

The illustrations are well done and engaging. They are full of action and emotion.  I love the values that the book portrays.  They give openings for conversations as the book is shared together.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Gemma Merino won the prestigious Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration in 2011, whilst studying for her MA in Children’s Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Born in Catalonia, Gemma originally studied architecture in Barcelona and has worked in practices in Spain, Dublin, Tel Aviv and now London, where she lives. The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water is her debut picture book.

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