Once Upon A Dragon

Once Upon A Dragon

Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

Book - 2006
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After a thump-bumping ride on a slide, a little girl and her dragon friend find themselves inside a fairy-tale book. The stories are familiar, and there's lots of silly fun as the dragon is transformed into fairy-tale characters. But danger lurks in the form of strangers -- including the hungry wolf from "Little Red Riding Hood" and Snow White's evil stepmother. And it's up to the girl to keep an eye on the dragon, who walks alone through deep dark woods and takes treats from people he doesn't know. Little by little, the girl teaches her irrepressible friend to be careful about strangers. The winning combination of fairy-tale adventure and concrete safety information -- including the Dragon's Stranger Safety Rhyme and the checklist of rules at the end of the book -- provide the perfect starting point for discussions with children about stranger safety. Ages 3-7
Publisher: Toronto, ON ; Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9781553377221
Branch Call Number: E PENDZIW
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gourbault, Martine


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Nov 24, 2019

Really hard to find good books on teaching children about strangers, and I must say this is not one I'd recommend. Frankly, unless you're familiar with classic tales and the in depth lessons behind them - you're not going to get a thing out of this. Everything is implied and the children are really more interested in the creative way this book reads. A boy and his dragon make their way through a bunch of fairy tales. It's an amusing story, but just useless to teach. You have to explain everything, because the method it's presented is focused on the fun story and not at all on the lesson you're supposed to be trying to teach them.

Jan 28, 2016

I love reading this book to my kids. Great rhythm and artwork. Very fun way to broach the topic of who is safe and not safe to talk to. My 3 year old can read along to some pages we've read it so often. I would recommend this book.

Jan 04, 2016

A tough topic to tackle, this is a great book to read to kids about safety. It has a catchy rhythm and poetry. But what really makes it stand out is the empowering position it gives to children as it is the protagonist (and child audience) who helps the dragon friend stay safe, rather than taking the point of view of lecturing the children on what to do or not do.


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