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“Dragon sat down in his chair and looked up at his candy wreath. He tried not to think about the smooth, rich, sweet, creamy, dark chocolate candy. Dragon could not sit still. He began to drool.” –Dragon’s Merry Christmas.
Dragon’s Merry Christmas
by Dav Pilkey
As Christmas nears, Dragon is excited to decorate. First, Dragon looks for the perfect Christmas tree. Then, he makes a candy wreath, but Dragon keeps eating the sweet chocolates. Eventually, all of the candy is gone and Dragon has a stomachache. Eating too much candy isn’t Dragon’s only problem. He has also lost his mittens. Dragon comes up with a creative solution, but then he loses his coat. Finally, Dragon shops for presents for himself. As he walks home, Dragon ends up giving all of his gifts to others.
Dragon’s Merry Christmas is divided into four short stories, and the first three have surprise endings. Young readers will enjoy Dragon’s adventure and the unexpected endings. In the final story, Dragon shows compassion when he sees others who are in need. For example, Dragon sees “some raccoons singing in the street. The raccoons had no food to eat. They looked hungry.” Dragon doesn’t think twice about giving the raccoons “his big basket of food.” By the time Dragon makes it back home, his bag is empty. “There were no presents left for him. But Dragon did not feel sad.”
Readers will relate to Dragon as he struggles not to eat too much candy and loses his mittens. The four short stories have entertaining, yet simple plots. Each page has 1-4 easy-to-read sentences and large illustrations. Dragon’s Merry Christmas is intended for children who are learning to read. With simple text, humor, and full-color illustrations on every page, Dragon’s Merry Christmas will help readers build confidence and fluency. If you’re ready to dig out Christmas tree lights and decorate for the season, Dragon’s Merry Christmas will help get you into the holiday spirit.
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