Goodness, the weeks are flying by! Here we are at Perfect Picture Book Friday again already! Having spent half my week washing the dogs I am feeling a bit behind (see Wednesday’s post if you missed it and are wondering why). The result? I will be admirably succinct!
I have an oldie but a goodie to share today 🙂
Title: Alexander And The Dragon
Written By: Katherine Holabird
Illustrated By: Helen Craig
Clarkson N. Potter, Inc, November 1988, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: fear (of the dark), friendship
Opening: “Alexander was quite small, but he was very, very brave. He wasn’t afraid of dogs or thunderstorms; he liked riding on roller coasters and swimming underwater. The only thing that really frightened Alexander was the dark.”
Brief Synopsis: Alexander does not like the dark. Especially when he discovers a dragon under his bed. “There are only two things you can do with a dragon,” says his father. “You’ve either got to scare it off or make friends with it.” So Alexander dons his armor…
Links To Resources: Dragon coloring pages, printables and crafts, dream catcher craft for kids (not exactly fear of the dark – more nightmares – but same general area :)), talk about fears with kids – what are they afraid of? what are some things they could do to scare those fears away?
Why I Like This Book: This is a sweet story told and illustrated in a comforting way. Alexander’s parents are kind and understanding, but they leave it up to him to face his fear. He does, learning a valuable lesson in the process: if he is brave enough to face a dragon, he can handle the dark. What’s great about this book is that, should you happen to be reading it to several children at once (for example, your own at bedtime :)), it’s a soothing story for one who is afraid of the dark while still a fun story about a boy and a dragon for everyone else.
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Now, everyone, off you go to enjoy all the other books on today’s list. I told you I was going to be admirably succinct! (And yes, it’s really me, not an impostor :)) I was going to wax poetic about something I want to share with you, but it will have to wait until I have time to do it justice… maybe Monday 🙂 Also, keep a weather eye out for the upcoming Halloweensie Contest Announcement!!!
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Have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂