A Friend for Dragon
A Friend for Dragon

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Series: Dragon (Acorn) Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Dragon becomes such close friends with an apple that he deeply mourns its loss and is overjoyed when more grow to take its place.
Catalog Number: #184709
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 51 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-338-34105-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5177-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-338-34105-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5177-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018025743
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Each of these books contains five chapters about a blue dragon, illustrated with brightly colored, cartoonlike watercolors. The first is about a friendship with an apple, and the second chronicles a bad day. Both encourage the reader to laugh at Dragon's stupidity, which is more pathetic than funny.
Publishers Weekly
About this witty tale of friendship, PW noted that ``Pilkey has created a positively precious prehistoric prototype'' and praised the ``excellent vocabulary choices and crafty characterizations.'' Ages 6-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-- An endearing blue dragon is the star of this series for beginning readers. In Dragon Gets By , groggy Dragon has a mixed-up day. He reads an egg, fries his morning paper, and sweeps his dirt floor until it becomes a basement. Finally, exhausted, he goes to sleep, but only after watering his bed and curling up on his plants. In A Friend for Dragon , the lonely fellow, encouraged by an unseen mischievous snake, adopts an apple for a friend. Once the snake is gone, the apple's conversation is limited, but Dragon finds many good qualities in his new pal--it is a good listener and it is always willing to share. Unfortunately, the apple is left unattended and is devoured by a hungry walrus. A heartbroken Dragon buries his friend but his loneliness is short-lived. An apple falls on his head and Dragon looks up to see a treeful of round, red friends. The gentle humor of these stories is accentuated by Pilkey's simple but engaging cartoons. Swirls and dots bejewel the skies, giving the pictures a colorful, childlike appeal. Dragon's good-natured naivete should win him many new friends. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
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Word Count: 940
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 53485 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 460L
Guided Reading Level: J
Fountas & Pinnell: J

From Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav's youngest readers!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Lonely Dragon has made a friend, and he loves spending time with his new buddy! He enjoys telling scary stories, cracking funny jokes, and fixing a midnight snack for them to share. But when his friend appears to be ill, Dragon demonstrates what it means to be a true friend. In this warmhearted friendship story of love and loss, Dav Pilkey has created a lovable hero that everyone will cheer for!

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