Donner the Western Dragon: A Hero’s Tale by Suzanne Davis Marion, illustrated by Marj Hales
Amber (10) loves dragons, so when I saw this book I couldn’t pass it up. The story is a cute book to read aloud with younger elementary children. Donner and his family live in a cold northern forest along with several other dragon families. Unlike the other young dragons, Donner does not like to play rough games, wrestling and snorting fire. He would much rather spend time with his best friend Una, a unicorn.
They enjoyed the vivid colors of the flowers, and sometimes they would watch the dragonflies skating on the water for hours, admiring their pretty iridescent colors and their graceful flight. (pg. 7)
All the other dragons, even Donner’s father, make fun of him, but one day when disaster strikes he is the only one the dragons and unicorns can turn to. His unique personality and talents help him become a hero.
The story is a charming fantasy that doesn’t preach at kids. The lessons are natural outcomes of the story, not forced. Heroes can often be found in unexpected places. Be true to yourself; we each have our own talents and interests that make us special. Amber said that it was pretty good, for a little kids book. In all honesty, she likes her dragons on the loyal, good but fierce side.
The pastel illustrations are playful and happy. They add a sweet touch and are the perfect accompaniment to the story.
Published November 27, 2009 by BookSurge Publishing
Challenges: 100+, A to Z
I received our copy from the author for review and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.