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Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood - Timothy Knapman

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Timothy Knapman / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2007-04-05 by Puffin

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      17.01.2012 23:36
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      Interesting way of looking at human benjamins.

      We are very lucky that every month until my boys are five years old, Dolly Parton gifts my boys a book all because we live in the deprived district of Rotherham, and we qualify for her Imagination library scheme. This means there are a lot of books in our house, some a lot more popular than others.

      'Guess what I found in Dragon Wood' is a book that was sent to my eldest son when he was aged 4 and a half, and this is a good age for this particular book as it has quite a lot of written words in it. Although my youngest son will also sit and listen to this when we read it, he can be a bit more fidgety, and lose concentration as it takes a short while longer to read it.

      It looks a lovely book. The front cover is a little unusual as it has a panel cut out so you can see the inside page with an illustration of the dragon in the story, and a small boy.

      The plot of the story is from the point of view of a dragon. It is wandering in the wood one day when it finds something that is a little strange, which it calls a Benjamin. It is so strange he takes it home to show his parents, and then takes it into school for show and tell.

      The Benjamin is very homesick, but he teaches all the dragons how to play football, and eventually, they take him home.

      This is a lovely little story. Quite amusing seeing a mythical creature to us, a dragon, who is looking at a human and thinking the wellies he has on is the way his feet look like, and being confused because we don't have wings or claws, our tail is missing, and we have soft stuff on our heads and blunt claws.

      I liked this for a four year old as they have a lot of experience of what animals are like from their experiences with pets, and visiting farms and zoos, but they are being challenged to think about humans who they see every day in a slightly new way. The story is fun and interesting, with lovely illustrations. It takes about 15 minutes to read through it fully at a pace which allows my son to look at the drawings and ask whatever questions come into his head.

      While not a book we read every day or even every week, we have enjoyed this one and read it a number of times, and I think most children who like animals will like this one.

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