by National Share-A-Story Month is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, it provides a fantastic opportunity to bring children and stories together. To celebrate we have been visiting our classes and reading stories about dragons to the children.
Our Year R children enjoyed stories as part of their weekly visits to the Library. We shared ‘Lovabye Dragon’by Barbara Joosse and Randy Cecil, which tells the story of a lonely dragon and a lonely little girl who are both looking for friendship and when they find each other they have lots of adventures together. The children also enjoyed the traditional tale of ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ by Katie Daynes and Fred Blunt which tells the story of Saint George and a friendly dragon who doesn’t want to fight and Sam comes up with a plan to keep everyone happy and in the end they all become friends.
Our Year 1 and Year 2 children had visits to the classroom where we shared some funny dragon stories. ‘Dragon Stew’ by Steve Smallman and Lee Wildish tells the tale of 5 Vikings who are bored and decide to ‘go and catch a dragon, then tie it to a wagon. Then take it home and chop it up and make a dragon stew.’ They found this very funny as they come across piles of dragon poo and the dragon set their pants alight. In ‘The Worst Princess’ by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie we meet Princess Sue who is bored of waiting for a Prince to rescue her and when he finally does she isn’t happy as he wants her to wear dresses, smile a lot and twist her curls. She decides her Prince is a twit and plots with a dragon to escape, and the princess and the dragon live happily ever after.
In Year 3 and Year 4 we also shared ‘Dragon Stew’ which they also found hilarious especially when the Viking whose pants where set alight said ‘Ooh, me bum!’ We also shared the story ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson which tells of a boy called George who ‘noticed his first dragon on a wet Thursday’, nobody else notices them just as they don’t notice him. More and more dragons keep appearing and getting into mischief and George decides something needs to be done. He builds a dragon machine to take the dragons back to where they belong and suddenly everyone notices George is missing. Once they find him he no longer goes unseen or ignored and he gets a pet dog as a present (which is actually a dragon!)
If your children have enjoyed sharing the dragon stories then why not bring them to visit Whitchurch Library which has a display of dragon stories suitable for all ages.