I Love Winter, Dear Dragon!

Norwood House. (Dear Dragon). 24p. $23.94. ISBN 9781684509133.
PreS-Gr 1–Join a young boy and his pet dragon on a number of seasonal adventures in this adaptation of Margaret Hillert’s “Dear Dragon” series for emerging readers. Straightforward story lines describe the duo enjoying the weather and activities of each season in short, repetitive sentences. Cartoon-style illustrations provide visual clues to the text; for instance, in I Love Spring, Dear Dragon! a sentence reads, “I see the puddles,” while the accompanying illustration shows the boy and dragon splashing in a puddle. Each title contains a picture glossary with words featured in the story, as well as a list of common sight words before the actual story begins. At the conclusion of each story, readers will not only find discussion questions, but also “Word Work”: activities designed to strengthen the literacy skills emphasized in each book.
VERDICT While there is nothing groundbreaking to be found here, these stories are a quiet, gentle choice for beginning readers. Recommended for early childhood education collections.

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