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The Trouble with Dragons
by Debi Gliori


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The trouble with dragons is . . . they're ruining the planet They're chopping down trees to make way for their houses, fishing out the oceans, eating and drinking everything in sight. It's only a matter of time before the seas rise and the deserts expand, and once that happens, all the animals pack up and leave-except for the dragons, who are left feeling awfully sorry for themselves.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The trouble with dragons is . . . they're ruining the planet They're chopping down trees to make way for their houses, fishing out the oceans, eating and drinking everything in sight. It's only a matter of time before the seas rise and the deserts expand, and once that happens, all the animals pack up and leave-except for the dragons, who are left feeling awfully sorry for themselves. Then one brave voice pipes up with an idea, and it's not long before the dragons are getting plenty of advice on what they can do to stop hurting the earth and restore their home. This gentle story is the perfect way to help promote environmental awareness in the youngest of listeners.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802797896
  • ISBN-10: 080279789X
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publish Date: September 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 61.
  • Review Date: 2008-08-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gliori's (No Matter What) heedless, self-centered dragons think they can treat the earth like a doormat: they overconsume and overpopulate, and they “chop down the forests/ which melts both the Poles/ and punctures the atmosphere/ full of big holes.” And as if that's not enough to turn readers green (in a good way, of course), Gliori pulls out the big visual guns: why, that's Santa himself, standing in the puddle that was once his home—and all the waterlogged presents are floating away! Gliori's impressive gifts are finely showcased: her flair for detailed, dramatic landscapes, her ability to create characters that are cute but still emotionally authentic, her conversational writing style that scores points without sounding preachy. It all adds up to a work that's both sobering and encouraging: showing chastened dragons joyfully reconciled with civil society, she writes, “There's enough to go round if we all share.” To the rapidly proliferating genre of environmentally conscious kids' books, this is a noteworthy addition. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)

 
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