Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on SafariDonita K. Paul & Evangline Denmark Illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
ISBN: 978 -0-30744645-9
Publisher: Water Brook Press
Source: Blogging for Books
Purchase: The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari


“Padraig, my friend, it is time for us to be courageous.”

Padraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s’mores over their campfire. But when the sky gets dark and the sounds of strange animals fill the forest outside their tent, their safari gets scary. This adventure is just what the boys need to discover that the dark might be frightening, but their friendship is stronger than fear.


The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is a book that primarily encourages and teaches children to be courageous while also promoting manners, helpfulness and friendship. The book includes silly phrases like “Oh, stinky aphids!” that would make any child giggle with delight. The book encourages children to be a good friend and help others, who maybe be nervous or afraid, to overcome their fear and be courageous. Roger hears every sound and wonders what it is. He seems nervous to be on the safari. Padraig has an answer for each sound and helps his friend Roger to remain calm and assured of each creature they meet. The moral is be courageous.

The book is on the longer side which prompted me to recommend it for children ages 5 -8 years of age. It includes a bonus story and thoughtful discussion questions on the back cover for groups, parents and children or teachers and students. It also gives parents helpful suggestions in ways to encourage their children. The book is written in a dialect that reminded me of the Aussie outback. It was a cute story with a fun adventure. Roger and Padraig met wonderful animals and used their imaginations. They also learned to be courageous and not to let things scare them. I enjoyed the illustrations in this book. Overall, I would recommend it for children ages 5-8.

*This book was provided to me by the publisher through the blogging for books program in exchange for my honest review*


  1. That looks great! Made me think of Franklin when I first saw it. How can a book about a dragon and turtle go wrong? ;) Thanks!

  2. Very cute. My friend's son is due for a present, and obviously it has to be a book! He happens to be 2+ years old, so any recommendations?

  3. Thank you for the review, Tiffany. My grandson loves doing the kitten/leopard roar each time we read it. I would like to invite you and your readers to come by the www.dragonandturtle site to enter our Edible Turtle Contest.
    Deepali, our kids loved the Sarah Boynton board books at that age.

  4. Deepali, My daughters(2&4 at the time) loved Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer. Published by Chronicle Books. ISBN: 978-0-8118-6473-2. I should have a review of it on my blog. They also have enjoyed and re-read Benjamin Bear Says Goodnight, by Claire Freedman
    The Beginners Bible Box Set ISBN: 978-0-310702037-9
    King Snozzle of Snozz by Mike Reiss.


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