44 pages, 9.29 × 6.41 × 0.41 in
November 30, 2013
Simply Read Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1927018242
ISBN - 13: 9781927018248
From the Publisher
Spark is a little dragon with a big problem. He can’t control his fiery breath. Even practicing doesn’t help. Will Spark ever be able to tame his flame?
The first book in an early reader series about baby magic animals,Sparkis a gentle reminder that there is a perfect time for everything.
About the Author
Kallie George is an author and editor living in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Masters of Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia in 2007. She is the co-creator of a series of acclaimed board books, the Simply Small Series, by Paola Opal, author of the art bookMr. M the Exploring Dreamerwith art by Soizick Meister, and the author of the picture book,The Melancholic Mermaidillustrated by Abigail Halpin. Her most recent project, Clover's Luck, Book 1 in the Magical Animal Adoption series, will be published in Summer 2014, by Disney-Hyperion. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops through Capilano University and CWC (Creative Writing for Children). www.kalliegeorge.com
“A lovely little book” – Betsy Bird, New York Public Librarian, Fuse #8 Publisher's Weekly: Children who are forever being cautioned to "Be careful" will instantly empathize with Spark, the young dragon who stars in this early reader from George (The Melancholic Mermaid), first in the Tiny Tails series. Like all dragons, Spark quickly learns how to breathe fire; keeping that gift under control is more difficult. "Be careful," his father tells him. "Fire burns." And so it does in the three lessons that follow: under parental supervision, Spark tries to use his fire to toast marshmallows and dry dishes, with undesirable results ("The dishes heated up. They glowed and then... crack! crack! Two dishes broke"). Spark's third trial ends just as badly as a "cloud of smoke" fills his bedroom. "Don't worry," says his well-prepared mother. "Your bed is fireproof." George's simple sentences project Spark's determination and his parents' pragmatic brand of support, while Cote offers playfully childlike scenes outlined in loose, crayony strokes. What's the solution for Spark? It's one that's both true to life and the last thing some kids will want to hear: sometimes these things just take time. Ages 5–8. (Oct.) Quill & Quire: Spark is a lovable little dragon with a big problem: he can’t control his fire. His parents try everything they can think of to help: they teach him lessons from a book, they give him marshmallows to roast (he fries them), they even try getting him to dry the