Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. PendziwolOnce Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol

Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

byJean E. PendziwolIllustratorMartine Gourbault

Picture Books | March 1, 2006

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After a thump-bumping ride on a slide, a little girl and her dragon friend find themselves inside a fairy-tale book. The stories are familiar, and there's lots of silly fun as the dragon is transformed into fairy-tale characters. But danger lurks in the form of strangers -- including the hungry wolf from "Little Red Riding Hood" and Snow White's evil stepmother. And it's up to the girl to keep an eye on the dragon, who walks alone through deep dark woods and takes treats from people he doesn't know. Little by little, the girl teaches her irrepressible friend to be careful about strangers. The winning combination of fairy-tale adventure and concrete safety information -- including the Dragon's Stranger Safety Rhyme and the checklist of rules at the end of the book -- provide the perfect starting point for discussions with children about stranger safety.
Martine Gourbault is a painter and illustrator. She has illustrated a number of picture books including, I Went to the Bay, Mr.McGratt and the Ornery Cat and the Dragon Safety series. She resides in Vancouver, Canada.
Title:Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons)Format:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 10.12 × 8.38 × 0.25 inShipping dimensions:10.12 × 8.38 × 0.25 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553379691

ISBN - 13:9781553379690

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great books for kids to understand personal safety concepts
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An enjoyable way to tackle a sticky subject The difficulty in discussing stranger-safety is that you need to walk the line between getting a serious message across and not scaring the daylights out of your child at the same time. This book did a wonderful job of it, I think. It offered storybook scenarios my daughter was already familiar (red riding hood and the wolf, snow white's apple-bearing witch, etc) to create context for a dialogue about what is and isn't safe. It covers the fact that you shouldn't go into stranger's houses or cars or take walks with them -- even if they've given you a good reason why (eg, the little pigs are lost and they need your help!). I think it's important that parents use this story to initiate a conversation after each scenario to put it into a context that makes sense for their child. (eg, Oh... do you think Dragon should get into the car?" What would you do?) Then, my daughter was delighted to express her knowledge on these subjects and we were able to have real conversations in a very un-distressing way.
Date published: 2009-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic: educational and attention grabbing! My daughter normally cannot sit through 4 pages of a story, so imagine my surprise when she sat quietly listening to my reading of this book. She even requested that I read it to her over and over again. I think the fact that it is a rhyming story worked its magic on kids (my daughter is only 2 years old) Also, seeing familiar fairy tale characters like: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Gingerbread Man in the form of her recent favorite "animal" ~ dragon, really attracted her attention! Bravo!
Date published: 2006-12-18

Editorial Reviews

[R]hymed couplets carry the story along nicely, while colorful illustrations offer action and ? humor.