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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite
In My Friend the Dragon, author A. Woodley tells of a tale of a young boy meeting a dragon. At first, the young boy is scared and runs, thinking the dragon is going to eat him. As one would imagine, the dragon soon catches up. The boy, being innocent, is asked by the dragon to be the dragon’s friend. The dragon explains that people usually wanted to hurt him and that the young boy had never attempted to hurt him. The dragon explains that he got his food by eating mostly fish from the sea or animals on land for a different dish. So, the young boy hopped on to the dragon's back and off they went flying to the tops of the mountains and were the best of friends.
I don’t know about you, but if I met a dragon, I would be afraid too! However, I think this delightful story by A. Woodley explains how we often judge people by how they look or what they have. For example, by their clothes, or by the shape of their body, or by how much money they have, or what they eat, etc. Maybe that person who we think is so different could end up being your best friend. But, children do need to use caution. Remember, safety in numbers? Don’t talk to strangers? Maybe that is just advice from old school readers. This fun adventure story with a message is good for the beginner reader or for a teacher to read to a preschool child to learn social skills.