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Today’s children’s book review is all about When A Dragon Goes To School by
The perfect book for any little dragon (or child) getting ready to start school or nursery!
This delightful rhyming follow-up to When a Dragon Comes to Stay by award-winning picture book creators Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw is full of recognisable pre-school behaviour. When a dragon goes to school, will she enjoy a book in the reading den and save her lunchtime treats for a friend? Or will she throw the crayons and refuse to share? She’s going to need her friends to help her behave herself . . . she is DRAGON after all!
In just a couple of weeks Erin will be starting in Reception and it’s a big change compared to nursery. I won’t be able to go in with her any more and she’ll have to wear a uniform. Things are going to be quite strange for her for a while so I thought a book about going to school might help her.
In this book a dragon goes to school, just like any other child does. It talks through different situations that the dragon finds himself in, such as maybe being shy or nervous about going in or maybe how to act in different situations. I really liked how it took on things that children will be able to recognise.
Instead of being a book focusing just on the ways that children should act in school, it also shows ways that a dragon might misbehave or do the wrong thing. Of course, the book doesn’t show these as the right ways to act but it does show what the dragon does instead and how much fun he ends up having at school.
When A Dragon Goes To School is a really fun book about starting school, that tackles the subject in a fun way. Of course, having it be about a dragon rather than a child really helped to get Erin interested!