Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review Donner The Western Dragon, A Hero's Tale

By Suzanne Davis Marion
Illustrated by Marj Hales
Published by BookSurge Publishing
Released on July 1st, 2009
Source: Suzanne Davis Marion
5 stars

Donner the Western Dragon lived in a cold northern forest with his parents, brother and sister, and several other dragon families. Western dragons were noted for their warlike and fierce demeanor. The young dragons spent much of their spare time in rough-and-tumble games, snorting fire at one another, wrestling and fighting. While all the other young dragons were tumbling about and breathing fire all over the grass, flowers and trees, Donner much preferred romping and playing with his best friend, Una. Everyone found it strange that Una should be Donner’s best friend, as Una was a unicorn, an animal noted for its gentle disposition. Donner’s father and the other dragons mocked Donner for his quiet demeanor. They accused him of behaving like a peaceful Eastern dragon. He was an embarrassment to them. In an unexpected twist of fate, Donner’s unique personality and talents enabled him to intervene in a frightening situation, and become a hero, appreciated and commended by all. (Amazon)

My children loved having the story of Donner read to them. It's a wonderful story about a dragon who acts differently from the rest of family and friends, and no matter what they say, he's still friends with an unlikely friend and doesn't change who he is. Donner's story teaches children about accepting others who may not look like you, but it also has a wonderful message about being proud of who you are and staying true to yourself, no matter what.

The book has wonderful illustrations and of course who doesn't like a good story with friendly dragons in it. I think this story has a powerful message and many children and parents alike will enjoy reading it.
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