The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari by Donna K Paul | Juvenile Fiction Review

The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donna K Paul

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari fell short for me. The story is about a Turtle named Roger and his best friend Padraig the dragon that goes camping and pretends they are on a safari. When it gets dark they start to get scared and have to figure out how to be "courageous". They make up animals like the "howler monkey". This is what made the story confusing for me. While the illustration were good the story line was hard to follow. The story had some big words like "aphids". It was also a long story.

My son loved that there was a dragon and that they were camping however the story did not hold his attention. One part that seemed a little odd was how at the very end they have a conversation starter with a verse. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid... God goes with you; he will never leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6" It seemed like an afterthought like oh we need to tie this into to the Bible so on the back cover we will put a verse and discussion questions?? I just would have liked it to be a simple story that children could follow and relate it to the Bible without it being forced at the end. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I receved this book from Water Brook Press for my review and honest opinions.


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