With simple rhythmic words and lots of repetition, this book in the Step into Reading series tells an exciting story with a very young hero. While Dragon mama takes a nap, one of her five eggs rolls out of the nest, out of the cave, down the hill, along the road, past a castle, and through a town. It is chased by a shepherd, a dog, and many townspeople, including a knight on horsebackuntil it finally plunges off a cliff and cracks open. When a small, purple, fire-spitting dragon pops out, the chase begins in reverse, with everyone running from the small flying creature, who wants only to return to its cozy cave, its mama, and four newly hatched siblings. The minimal text, just one short line per page, leaves lots of space for the bright, lively pictures to fill in the exciting details of adventure and the coming home. Rochman, Hazel
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About the Author
Mallory Loehr is a children's book editor. Her most recent Step into Reading title was Unicorn Wings
. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Hala Wittwer's lovely illustrations can be seen in Jane Yolen's Meow, Cat Stories from Around the World, Odysseus in the Serpent Maze,
and Love & Kisses, Bunny.
She lives in Rexburg, Idaho.