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August 04, 2015

Can’t hide from a good friend

By Barbara M. Joosse & Randy Cecil

In the best of all possible worlds, every child has their own dragon, not to slay but to play with—evermore.

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In the best of all possible worlds, every child has their own dragon, not to slay but to play with—evermore.

Barbara Joosse, author of many children’s books including Lovabye Dragon, and talented illustrator Randy Cecil collaborate to create just the right mix of play, excitement and comfort in Evermore Dragon, a delightful tale of true friendship.

When smartly dressed Girl and her friend Dragon decide to play hide-and-go-seek, Dragon insists on being first. Though he proves abysmal at hiding, Girl kindly pretends not to see his “Drag-enormo self” tucked behind a very little rock, and she continues looking for him, sighing that he is so, so good at hiding. She surprises him with a big “BOO!” and tells him he is the “smartest dragon ever.”

Now it is Girl’s turn. Since she is small, it is easier for her to find a satisfactory hiding place, and she takes cover in the hole of a large tree trunk where she waits and waits and waits and finally falls asleep. Meanwhile Dragon hunts everywhere for her without success. Girl awakens and finds herself all alone amid the cricking and the cracking of the woods. She sheds silver worry tears and her heart thumps—a sound that only a very special friend can hear.

Will Dragon find her? Will he wrap his wings around her? Will he stay forever? In the best of all possible worlds, of course!

 

Billie B. Little is the Founding Director of Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, a hands-on museum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Evermore Dragon

Evermore Dragon

By Barbara M. Joosse & Randy Cecil
Candlewick
ISBN 9780763668822

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