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Title:
Dragon's extraordinary egg
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Uniform Title:
Dragon loves penguin
ISBN:
9780802737595
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
"First published as Dragon loves penguin in Great Britain in 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc"--Colophon.
Summary:
A dragon finds an abandoned egg and lovingly raises the hatchling as her own, although Little One is very different from the baby dragons, and when disaster strikes it is the small, feathered hatchling that saves the day.
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Summary

In this heartwarming story, a dragon in need of an egg finds an abandoned egg in need of a mommy. It seems like the perfect fit, but when that egg hatches, the little baby doesn't look like all the other dragons. In fact, he looks a lot like a penguin! Of course, his mommy loves him no matter what. But the other young dragons aren't so sure. Little do they know that their feathered friend's differences will save the day! Sometimes things happen for a reason . . . and some families are just meant to be together.


Author Notes

Author and illustrator Debi Gliori was born in 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland. She went to school there as well and studied design and illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She received an Andrew Grant traveling scholarship to go to Milan for a year. Gliori is best known for her work with children's books. Her picture book Mr. Bear to the Rescue won the Children's Book Award and was short listed for the Kate Greenaway Prize. Where, Oh Where, is Baby Bear? was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award in 2001. Always and Forever, written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Debi Gliori, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2003. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Award (for Pure Dead Wicked in 2003), and for the Royal Mail Award, for Stormy Weather in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

A penguin named Bib asks his mother for a bedtime story, and as she complies, it becomes clear that the story is actually a family history about unlikely but enduring love. Bib's mother, it turns out, was raised by a childless dragon who gave her adopted offspring "love and time, the greatest gifts of all," to develop courage and resilience. The rest of the young dragons, however, were pretty much raised to be louts who show themselves to be bullies. There's a lot of enjoyment to be derived from the contrast of the preening, aerodynamic dragons with the good-hearted groundedness of the penguins. Unfortunately, Gliori's (What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?) tendency to wear her editorial heart on her sleeve results in big emotional moments that feel like unnecessary intrusions-the idea that "Sometimes things happen for a reason," is a running theme, and Bib's mother reminds him that "Feathers keep us warm, but they can't keep cold words out." All is forgiven, however, when Grandma Dragon makes a cameo appearance in the book's final spread. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

What's the story that fuzzy penguin chick Bib wants at bedtime? Why, it's the same book we hold in our hands! The tale begins with a dragon clan settling atop a snow-covered volcano. As spring arrives, all the dragons have an egg to care for all but one. She goes off alone and finds an abandoned egg in the snow. When all the eggs hatch, we see that her Little One is not like the others, but this is no matter to this new mother. Little One grows up brave among the dragons with the greatest gift bestowed upon her: love. That gift of love she gives to her own egg, the fuzzy little chick Bib. Weighty themes of adoption, isolation, and bullying are handled here with grace and are buoyed by the crayon-like illustrations featuring big eyes and expressive poses. The bright oranges of the dragons contrast pleasingly with the bluish tones of the arctic landscape. Originally published in the UK, this sweet spin on the family-history story is sure to please dragonets and chicks alike.--Mazza, April Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Behind Gliori's witty, well-worded, and warmhearted tales for children is good advice for parents. This story, like so many egg-themed tales, is about adoption, but there's more to it. The story-within-a-story contains gentle lessons about isolation, being different, how "sometimes things happen for a reason," and how loving others is the best cure for loneliness. The prose is often poetic: "All the other eggs were given endless gifts: fast toys; vast toys; clattering things that made a noise. But Little One was given love and time, the greatest gifts of all." The moments of not-so-subtle moralizing are counterbalanced by endearing characters and engaging illustrations. Children will be immensely satisfied with the surprise ending.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A picture book about families originally published in Britain as Dragon Loves Penguin.It is bedtime for penguin Bib, but he wants a story from his mommy and daddy, a particular story about dragons, and alert children will note that he wants the very story that is in their or their caregivers' laps. In the book, dragons come to live in the ice and snow, on top of a volcano. When spring comes, there is a dragon without an egg, and an egg without a mommy, so that dragon gives fluffy, undraconian Little One, who hatches from that egg, "love and time." One day, the big dragons fly away on errands, and the small dragons bully Little One. Hurt and alone, she feels the volcano wake up and warns them all. She slides down the mountain on her soft tummy away from the fire and finds, at its bottom, an eggwhich she nurtures, just as her dragon mother did with her. Bib wants the story again, so Grandmathe dragonbegins it again. The language is rich and evocative but beautifully simple, with lovely cadences for reading aloud. The spiky orange dragons have long snouts and lots of points and angles, in contrast to small, fluffy Little One and the penguin-smooth grown-up birds. One would be hard-pressed to find a warmer or more engaging adoption/blended-family tale than this one. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.