Once Upon a Dragon’s Fire

Beatrice Blue. Clarion, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-358-27242-7
This enchanting picture book regales with the power of story as author-illustrator Blue follows Freya, a child with freckled light brown skin and blue-gray eyes, and Sylas, a pale-skinned kid with a dark blue topknot. Residents of a village in a magical kingdom, they “loved reading stories about the dragon out loud to each other”—despite rumors of how terrifying the dragon actually is. When a snowstorm threatens the village’s safety, the duo sets out to stop the dragon, whom they presume responsible. But when they reach the dragon’s mountaintop lair, the pair discovers a creature quite different from the narratives they’ve consumed. Blue presents sweeping cinematic scenes rendered in a friendly yet intricate style, highlighted by vibrant colors and expressive, dynamic characters amid gorgeously immersive fantastical landscapes. A creative origin fable offering a tender reminder to abstain from stereotyping and to extend care to others. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 05/06/2021
Release date: 03/02/2021
Genre: Children's
Open Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-78603-555-4
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