Title: Dragons: Father and Son
Author: Alexandre Lacroix
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
# of Pages: 32
(From Goodreads) Once upon a time there was a little dragon whose father wanted him to burn down the village . . .
Poor little Strokkur! He doesn’t WANT to be a fire-breathing beast—but his traditional dad insists that he do what dragons have always done: destroy all the houses in town. With no choice but to obey, he reluctantly sets out to the village. Then, he meets a boy, a teacher, and a kind fisherman who show him there’s more than one way to be a good dragon. Filled with humor and compassion, this story will enchant children and encourage them to love themselves for who they are.
I just finished reading Dragons: Father and Son, and let me tell you, it was a great children’s book! The book is about a dragon father who wants his son, Strokkur, to do what dragons are supposed to: destroy homes and villages. Strokkur, on the other hand, is a nice little dragon and enjoys the kind attentions of the village people–they are nice to him, and he is nice to them. While his father is initially upset that Strokkur isn’t a little destroyer, he comes around in the end.
I read this book with my seven-year-old daughter, and she really enjoyed the illustrations. As she put it, “The little dragon is so cute!” The story was easy for her to follow, and she liked the ending. I asked her what she thought the message of the story was, and she said, “You should always be kind.”
I think Dragons: Father and Son has several teachable moments for kids, especially in this political climate: it is okay to be different; even if you don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it’s bad; and choose kindness. I appreciate children’s books that have positive messages, and this book delivered.
Like my daughter, I also liked the illustrations. They were sweet and added to the story. The illustrations are eye-catching for children but are also pleasing to look at for adults.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, if you’re looking for a children’s book with a positive message, this book is great.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the PDF version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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