It’s Spring, Dear Dragon

  
It’s Spring, Dear Dragon. Margaret Hillert. 2015. 32 pages. 

It’s Spring, Dear Dragon is a cute story about a boy and his dragon muddling over the changing weather we experience so often during springtime. 

As an elementary school librarian, it is hard to find books that interest struggling and beginning readers that are appropriate for their limited skill sets. This book uses only 76 basic words, giving our beginning readers a sense of confidence and accomplishment as they will likely be able to read the text with minimal assistance. 

The resources as the end of the book (activities for enhancing phonemic awareness, phonics, word work, fluency and comprehension) add to the value of this short story. I often have educators ask for book recommendations that do not contain contractions and with the exception of the book’s title, this would be a great title to consider. 

This would be a wonderful addition to any library or collection for young readers. Unfortunately, I won’t be purchasing it for my library as it references the Easter bunny, which does not align with my school’s belief of the celebration of Easter. 

I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley for this review. 

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7 thoughts on “It’s Spring, Dear Dragon”

  1. Ooh, this looks really cute! I have a 5yo nephew who is a rabid reader, so I should keep an eye out and see if my library gets this one. (Plus I am a rabid dragon lover, so of course I want to make sure he reads plenty of dragon books. xD)

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  2. I adore picture books, even though I don’t even have any young children/relatives/students etc. around as my excuse. I always find it interesting when educators are able to make an assessment of vocab and reading level, and would love to be able to do that. Mostly I can only judge the art and the plot. 🙂

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      1. I know that at my local library children ALWAYS come in asking for dinosaur books! I think this would appeal to them for those days when all the dinosaur books are sadly checked out.

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