Title: George and the Dragon
Written & Illustrated By: Chris Wormell
Publisher, year: Random House Childs 2006
Suitable For: ages 4-8
Themes/Topics: dragons, fear, princesses
Brief Synopsis: Far, far away in the high, high mountains in a deep, deep valley in a dark, dark cave - there lived a mighty dragon. He was an awesome and frightening creature, terrorizing whole armies, destroying castles, demolishing forests and kidnapping princesses. But this mighty dragon had a deep, dark secret...he’s afraid of mice. Then a mouse (George) moves in next door.
Links To Resources and ideas for use in the classroom:
- draw your own dragon
- make a tissue paper dragon
- write your own dragon story following the simple pattern of this book. What’s YOUR dragon afraid of?
- write about a page or illustration you love and have students guess which page you are referring to
Why I Like This Book: The illustrations are completely amazing. I’ve been teaching the kids about the classic looking dragons and this one is so beautiful. Each page has only a few words so any of my kids can read it, but also it allows us to really focus on the illustrations and the simple story. It is a perfect mentor text for writing because there is an easily definable beginning, middle, and end, as well as a problem and a solution. The characterization is rich and the reader must use inference skill. This is a perfect book for showing kids that good writing does not need to be complex.