Poor Roger the turtle is lost. His vivid imagination drove him
far away to pirate infested waters and a deserted island. When
he begins to feel hungry, he realizes he has no idea which way
is home. Who should pass by at just the right time? Padraig--a cute,
orange dragon the same size as Roger!
Padraig is awfully hungry too, but he decides to ignore his rumbling
tummy to help Roger find his way back home. Immediately a friendship
is forged, and the turtle gives the dragon lots of clues about
his house--it looks brown, sounds like singing, smells like
cookies, feels like sand and tastes like strawberries.
Each time Padraig is given a clue, he flies around trying to spot
Roger's house. Finally, after what seems like forever for two famished
fellows, the dragon does indeed find the right one. After telling
Mama Turtle all about his grand adventure, Roger shares a plate
of chocolate chip snappers with his new friend.
Judging this book by its cover proved to be a great choice for
both my daughter and me. The illustrations on the inside are just
as appealing as the warm, earthy picture on the cover. I love the
way these little reptiles--the burnt orange dragon and the moss
green turtle--stand out against the background scenery.
The Dragon and the Turtle is well crafted and will have
young children persevering until the end just like Padraig did.
Besides perseverance, you can discuss with your children many other
positive character traits exhibited throughout the book, such as
kindness, patience, and being a true friend. Included at the end
are a Bible verse, a discussion guide and a recipe for chocolate
chip snappers, which my 5-year-old and I happily made together.
For $11.99 you can add this classy, 35-page hardcover to your
child's collection. I am sure you and your child will enjoy following
Padraig as he uses his five senses to search for his new pal's
home. We did!