Saturday, November 4, 2017

Not Your Average Fire-Breathing Dragons!

Reading good literature is vital to developing a rich vocabulary and a vivid imagination. As we studied the Middle Ages, we read many such books including two very contrasting books on dragons - Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges and My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

The dragon in the first book was based on a real (true?) legend and was mean, horrible, atrocious, terrifying, foul-smelling, and fire-breathing.

The second book was a fiction book about an incredible, adventurous, hilarious, ingenious rescue of a sweet, kind, cute, baby dragon from the ferocious animals of Wild Island. 

We compared the two dragons and set out to draw our own dragons. What ensued highlighted the creative giftedness of the Seabury first-graders. Who wants a mean, horrible, atrocious, terrifying, foul-smelling, and fire-breathing dragon when you can have one that breathes out candy, roasts your smores for you and takes you on its back to wherever you want to go!?

Caldecott Winner

Newbery Honor-Winning Classic

We used this book often throughout our Middle Ages study.

Once a lover of dragons, always a lover of dragons.
The Navigators all want to hear the sequels to My Father's Dragon: Elmer and the Dragon, and the Dragons of Blueland

We look forward to re-visiting 
My Father's Dragon 
at the Pantages Theater in February!

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