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Song of the Poison Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #5) Kindle Edition
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"In this first of the Dragon Masters series, vocabulary is accessible; sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are short; and dialogue moves the story along rapidly. Black-and-white sketch-type drawings add depth to the story and feelings to the characters (both children and dragons). Emergent readers will find happy success here." -- Booklist
"The first of a new series of early chapter books, this entry is sure to attract fans. Brief chapters, large print, lots of action, attractive illustrations in every spread including a maplike panorama, an enviable protagonist -- who wouldn't want to be a Dragon Master? -- all combine to make an entertaining read. With plenty left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly sought after." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Each page features wonderfully detailed pencil illustrations which help to support the text." -- Library Media Connection
- ASIN : B015QMBXQG
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc. (April 26, 2016)
- Publication date : April 26, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 23490 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 96 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,268 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A new Dragon Master is arriving in the Kingdom of Bracken. Eight-year old, Petra, “…from the southern lands …” has been chosen by the Dragon Stone for the unnamed four-headed hydra. Her know-it-all attitude makes an unfavorable impression on the four Dragon Masters already living at King Roland’s castle. The king’s desire to exhibit his dragons for his friend Queen Rose results in a near tragedy as Petra fails, when the dragon becomes agitated, to follow instructions and pat the hydra’s heads. After a compassionate, understanding Drake succumbs to the hydra’s poison mist, Petra must overcome her fears to save both Drake and King Roland.
Perfect for the target group, “Song of the Poison Dragon” is not a difficult book to read. Chapters are short; the vocabulary is not overly sophisticated or difficult. Sentences are simple and convey their message with the story and the characters’ actions. Beginning readers will appreciate the less complex structure of the narrative. The subject matter of wizards and dragons will fascinate young readers who find many early reader books “boring”. The book has magic and action; the mythical creatures contained on its pages will engage children.
Damien Jones’ black-and-white illustrations are featured on almost every page. Unlike the simplistic drawings in some other children’s books, these have depth, perspective, and dimension, making them visually interesting and very appealing. These illustrations bring the characters to life. I appreciate that Tracey West has decided to include illustrations throughout the “Song of the Poison Dragon” for children who may have advanced to having chapter books read aloud to them at bedtime, but who still want pictures to accompany the story.
Through the Wizard Griffith’s teaching of the Dragon Masters, the books show the importance of following the instruction and guidance of those who have greater wisdom than those being mentored. They also provide some good lessons about cooperation and the importance of listening to and of understanding others.
The books in the Dragon Masters series contain magic and action, and situations that engage and interest youngsters. I am thrilled Tracey West has continued the Dragon Masters books and am glad to see there is at least one more to be published.
If you are looking for a series of books that will interest early readers, particularly boys, you will want to look at the Dragon Master series. It is not necessary to have read other books in the Dragon Masters series – but you will want to do so - to enjoy “Song of the Poison Dragon”. Tracey West provides enough background information in this book to allow you to enjoy it independent of the other four Dragon Masters books. Her books are fun to read, contain enough fantasy and magic to appeal to children, and teach some valuable lessons without becoming didactic.
My 7 yo liked parts of his including Petra knowing all about dragons, but she hates the king getting poisoned and Petra blaming herself. She did not feel it was how the character would have acted based on how Petra was during the beginning of the book. Petra later became one of her favorite characters especially in later books. It was a good enough book to make my kiddo VERY PASSIONATE about her feelings but not one she rereads.
I've noticed some other "new reader" books like animal ark and Rainbow fairies are a pretty boring read and don't keep my daughter's interest for long, so this was a welcome change.
Top reviews from other countries
They LOVE all the characters/dragons in the books and love guessing what each person can do and what powers the dragons have.
Whenever possible we use the Kindle edition and broadcast it to our TV via our Amazon Firebox (via wireless projection) so that everyone can see the text and the pictures. Unfortunately not all the books are available for Amazon Kindle, so some books we had to buy as hard paper and we are running out of space in our bookshelves as we have sooo many books, so we prefer electronic copies. Electronic copies also allow us to share it onto their Amazon Fire tablets for kids.
Again, LOVED by all of our kids and we have different ages and grasp of the world. Unfortuantely we have read ALL the books available and now have to wait until March 2021 until the next book comes out.
One of the nice things about this series is that it is a true series. Each story builds upon the next. Now yes that are strong enough to be read on their own, but as a whole we get to watch the growth of the group as they come together as a team and learn to work together and support each other. In this latest offering the Dragon stone has chosen a new dragon master, Petra and her great uncle had also been a dragon master. She seems to know a lot about dragons and their abilities, but when it comes time for her to meet her Hydra and bond with it, something just seems off.
Even though Petra seems like a know-it-all, she also seems afraid. She is far from home and knows that there are high expectations upon her. When King Roland plans on show casing the dragons especially the new Hydra and Petra to Queen Rose the day after Petra's arrival, things go bad quickly. Soon the King is poisoned and all the dragon masters are searching for a cure. Will they find something in their books, or will Petra and the Hydra make connecting in time to save the King?
My children love the illustrations by Graham Howells, the often go back to look at previous illustrations or sneak ahead to get a glimpse of what is coming next. Add to the excellent drawings wonderful stories and it makes for some great reading time.
These books are enjoyed by the whole family. The younger kids like having them read to them. My oldest enjoys listening or taking a turn reading to her siblings. And there is a great series of questions at the end of the book to help make sure children comprehend the story. Set at a grade 2 reading level in our house these are enjoyed from Kindergarten to grade 4. The kids love these books and therefore come with their seal of approval.