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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Adana the Earth Dragon is a children’s fantasy tale written by Debbie Manber Kupfer and illustrated by Tina Wijesiri. Adana is a tiny Earth Dragon who doesn’t seem to be able to fit in with all of the other dragons. The Air Dragons, Fire Dragons and Water Dragons shun her as she is so different from their kind and does not have the same abilities as they have. Feeling sad and alone, Adana goes into her cave and sleeps, but wakes to find that she is surrounded by all of the other dragons; they are fearful as a giant has terrorized them into hiding. When Adana sees that the giant has stomped on her beautiful flowers, she gets angry and takes immediate action on her own as the others look on in fear. Her next step will change the way the other dragons see her forever.
I have been a fan of Debbie Manber Kupfer’s work for a very long time, but this is the first time I have read a children’s book penned by this author as she usually writes in the horror/paranormal genre. The premise of the story is quite remarkable as it covers so many different problems which can befall a child. Bullying, being left out, feeling different and alone are quite intense and sad feelings to try to overcome, yet Adana has been portrayed as a small dragon who faces her fears when she feels that the Earth has been harmed.
I like that Adana stepped up and took on the giant in the only way she knew how – with her special Earth powers and being at one with Nature. The other dragons suddenly sat up and took notice, befriending the Earth Dragon when they realized that although she was not like them, Adana had unique gifts all of her very own. I think the moral of the story – “You are never too small to make a big difference” – should be retained by all people, young and old. I recommend Adana the Earth Dragon to be read by those aged 5-12 years, so they can realize that there are special talents and hidden strengths within us all.