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Breakfast on a Dragon's Tail

and other Book Bites

by Martin Springett

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imagination & play, short stories
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edition:Hardcover
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published: Nov 2011
ISBN:9781554551934
Description

A collection of potential book covers and a bit of a story for each - but YOU write the ending!

An interactive collection of lavishly illustrated book covers for twelve different storybooks and the beginning (or ending) of each story allows children's imagination to take over. With intriguing titles like "Breakfast on a Dragon's Tale," "Growing Up Alien," and "The Book of Wondering," these pictures and stories are sure to engage young readers as they encourage them to explore and share their own creativity.

About the Author
Martin Springett has earned the Aurora Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction Illustration, and the CLA's Notable designation. Also an accomplished musician, Martin lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.
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Contributor Notes

Martin Springett, originally from Crayford in Kent, England, currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. A children's illustrator for over ten years, Martin has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration (for Who), has won the Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement, and has received two Silver Awards from the Art Directors Club of Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 17
Editorial Review

"Gorgeous! And funny, and touching, other things children will love."
-Caitlin Sweet, author of The Pattern Scars

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Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail and Other Book Bites

Picture Book, Imagination & Play, Story Writing It has been said that the most important character in any story is the reader. In this offering from writer and illustrator Martin Springett, the saying could not be truer. Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail is not so much a story but a collection of “book bites” or first pages of many tales intended to entice readers to complete the stories themselves. Each two-page spread has a full-page illustration and the first page of a story, ending with some questions for the reader to consider as they finish the tale.

The first story involves a princess determined to go for a summer ride despite warnings that a great dragon is roaming the countryside. Other “bites” include a boy with a lost mother, a girl who confronts bullies in her dreams, a winter imp who keeps coming out to play in the summer and a girl who goes inside the world of her favourite book. Springett’s accompanying illustrations are done in a variety of styles with plenty of colour and enough detail to draw the eye of readers young and old alike.

While not a traditional picture book, Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail is a rich, multi-level classroom resource. Pre-readers might complete the stories orally or by creating their own illustrations. In the primary and junior grades, the tales could be finished as poems, comic books, picture or chapter books or even scripts for drama. As an art project students could create their own cover illustrations. The possibilities for extension activities are plentiful.

Springett encourages his readers to use their imaginations as well as offering some concrete story-writing tips in the Author’s Note. As an added bonus, completed stories can be sent to the publisher to be posted on the website.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2012. Volume 35 No. 2.

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