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The Dragon and the Turtle Review by Brandi Tesreau

By Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark
Waterbrook Press
12265 Oracle Blvd. Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

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!

Product review by Brandi Tesreau, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2010