Series: Dear Dragon
Copyright Year: 2007
Grade level: K-2
Subject: Dragons, Fiction, Christmas
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 0.8
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 9385
Lexile Level: BR
Binding: Library Hardcover
Primary BISAC: JUV043000
Secondary BISAC: JUV002270
This updated “Beginning-to-Read Book” is another title in the “Dear Dragon” series. Dragon and his human companion are seen cavorting in the snow as this early reader opens. Dragon’s fire breathing trick is very handy for snow removal. Employing the restricted vocabulary suitable for the target age does not hamper the delight with which the little boy and Dragon prepare for Christmas by cutting down “something for the house” that is “not too little…not too big.” Of course, they have a great time decorating the tree, making cookies, and simply enjoying being together. Dragon puts on a beard and a Santa hat for an amusing scene. To finish off the day Dragon lights the logs in the fireplace. “Here you are with me. And here I am with you. Oh, what a merry Christmas, dear dragon.” The cartoon illustrations utilize bold colors, with red and green predominating the clothing and scenery. The message is subtle, and presents are not featured in this useful little reader. New readers will feel empowered with the success of reading this story about friends at the Christmas season. Picture clues abound to help carry the story forward and provide hints to struggling readers. The back matter includes reading reinforcement activities for caregivers and a word list.
This book concetrates on helping the beginning reader by making them familiar with repetitive words, therefore enabling them to read on their own. The story centers on a boy, his dragon, and the fun that they have in the snowy Christmas season. The book contains engaging illustrations, a word list, and a section on reading reinforcement.