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A Friend for Dragon

Pilkey, Dav (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2007. 48 pages
First published: 1991
Series: Dragon Tales
ISBN: 9780531070543 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

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Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

A naive blue dragon falls for a practical joke and befriends an apple in this poignant beginner chapter book that will boost the confidence of emergent readers. Deceptively light and simple, its five short chapters delve into the serious and complex themes of loss, death and renewal.

Cheery pencil and watercolour illustrations keep the tone light while still capturing the wide-ranging emotions of the lonely protagonist who wants a friend more than anything. When one appears, he is overjoyed. But the voice Dragon hears is actually a sly snake, hidden from view, pretending to be the apple. The unsuspecting dragon takes the apple home with him, but worries that something is wrong when multiple attempts at conversation yield nothing: “‘GOOD MORNING APPLE!’ he screamed. The apple still did not answer.”

After tragedy ensues and the broken-hearted dragon is forced to bury his old pal, new life springs up from the seeds to offer him a bountiful crop of apple friends.

  •  

    Discuss what makes someone a good friend. Point out parts in the story that show friendship. Did the apple make a good friend for Dragon? Explain your reasoning.

  •  Make a chart of acts of friendship that you and your friends can do.
  •  Act out one of the stories with a friend.
  •  

    Talk about what makes someone a good friend and what doesn’t. Did the apple make a good friend for Dragon? Explain your reasoning.

  •  Sequence the story.
  •  

    After listening to the story, make a list of what makes someone a good friend.

  •  

    Act the story out as a Reader’s Theatre.

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