Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Dragon and The Turtle 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:

The Dragon and The Turtle Go on Safari

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

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

My Thoughts

The story is very cute and fun to read.   The colourful images follow the story and will stir the imagination of the kids while you read it. 

Also included in the book, you will find the Story that Roger had not been able to tell during the campout.   And this story is funny in itself.    At the end of the book, you will also find a teaching lesson on being courageous and strong based on a scripture.   It also suggest discussions to have with your kids as activities to do with them.

The only thing that bugs me a bit in the story is some of the dialogue between the two characters.   As an homeschooler I am trying to teach my kids to speak properly and in such a way that they are understood by adults around them.   Padraig and Roger are using terms like righto, old chap, Cheerio and so on.    Mind you it is mentioned that it is a British adventure so I am assuming that these are commonly used in Britain – which would make sense.

Nevertheless, the story is full of adventures in the night and cute.   The creatures are out of this world too as many are simple very imaginative.   I suspect that my kids will have fun discovering the new animals in this book.

The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is available at a bookstore near you, even at amazon.ca.

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