The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark
Illustrated by Vincent Nguyne
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The Dragon and the Turtle helps children learn how to conquer their fears while going on exciting adventures with Roger (the turtle) and his best friend Padraig (the kitten-sized dragon). In the book, Roger and Padraig go on a camping adventure together where they are bound and determined to spend the entire night outside. They use their vivid imaginations and find all sorts of things to be afraid of, but in the end, their strong friendship is what helps them conquer their fears together.
Most children are afraid of the dark, this is a very common fear!
This story was very sweet and the message is great. We did find that some of the language used was slightly difficult for young children to understand, there were some unique phrases. Despite the unique language (not the entire book, just occasional words and phrases), my 5 year old daughter really enjoyed this book and has asked to listen to it a few times since we have received it!
Although there are no religious references made during the story itself, at the very end of the book, there is a page dedicated to parents that starts off with a reference to the bible and there are also tips for how to teach children to encourage one another, one being to pray. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with this, however I thought I should mention it as some families may want to know this before considering purchasing a book for their child.
You can check out the Dragon and Turtle website to find more activities relating to the Dragon and Turtle story including games, recipes and even some cute recipes