Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Turtle and the Dragon Go On Safari

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card authors are:

and the book:

WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Doubleday Religion / Waterbrook Multnomah / Divisions of Random House, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


A former schoolteacher, Donita K. Paul is the best-selling author of the Dragon Keeper series, The Vanishing Sculptor, and Dragons of the Valley.

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Evangeline Denmark likes to turn bedtime stories into picture books. She lives in Colorado with her engineer husband, their two noisy boys, her author mom, and Willie, a cattle dog who tries to herd the entire family into one room.

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Vincent Nguyen has illustrated numerous children's books and is also a part of the art departments for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

Product Details:

List Price: $11.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 030744645X
ISBN-13: 978-0307446459

My take?   We had a lot of fun reading this story.  The illustrations were fun, and the interaction between the two "boys" was precious.  They accept each others fears and insecurities without teasing, which is a message I want to be able to reinforce.  We've also had some big conversations lately about courage, and how courage means doing the right thing even when you are afraid.  This story reinforces that message well.  And there are some notes at the back that suggest ways of further discussing those concepts with your children.

Here we are reading:

A definite keeper!  My kids especially loved the British phrases in the conversations between the two 'boys' and are now calling each other "old chap!"

AND NOW...THE FIRST FOUR PAGES...press the pictures to better view them:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the picture!!!!!!