Once Upon a Dragon's Fire

by Beatrice Blue (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A charming story about kindness, friendship, and magic from a rising star picture book creator.

How did dragons get their fire? It all began once upon a magical kingdom, where a fearsome dragon stalked the land. The dragon was mean and scary and evil, or so the stories said. One day, two brave children set out to stop him for good. But when they finally met the monster, he wasn't quite what they expected . . . Find out how two kids' determination to save their village led to a friendship that will warm the hearts of dragon lovers everywhere in this gorgeously illustrated celebration of the magic of kindness.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-An inventive fantasy featuring Freya, who is tan with brown hair, and Sylas, who is black-haired with pale skin, who are terrified by dragons until they set upon a quest that becomes an origin story. The villagers live in fear of dragons, spreading stories of horror and tragedy amongst themselves, though none have ever seen one. The intrepid protagonists discover just how wrong all this information is this during a cold storm, when the villagers believe the dragon is responsible for their circumstances. When Freya and Sylas meet the dragon face-to-face, all of what they read and heard melts away when faced with the truth. Bright digital artwork accompanies the text with hidden visual gems for those who seek it. VERDICT Themes of friendship, truth, and believing what one sees rather than what someone else says are valuable lessons imparted and shared. This is a heartwarming tale of friendship and discovery, and a compelling read-aloud.

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This sweet tale of adventure, courage, and compassion is a warmhearted reminder of the dangers of stereotypes and the power of perspective and hope....A page-turner of an adventure story about challenging preconceived notions and building empathy and compassion.

Beatrice Blue
Beatrice Blue is a visual development artist and freelance illustrator living in Montreal, Quebec. She has worked with a variety of clients, including Dreamworks, and has exhibited her illustrations in Madrid and Miami. Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn is her first children's book.
Instagram: @beatrice.blue
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Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV047000 - Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
JUV002270 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
Library of Congress categories

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