A NUMBER OF DRAGONS by Loreen Leedy
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A NUMBER OF DRAGONS

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Ten little dragons in a cave. They're boisterous critters: they squabble, they jostle, they bite each other, they wreak general havoc, until their mother, with a fiery and ferocious roar, orders them out to play. And the high jinks begin. Progressively fewer dragons take part in the antics, as each activity leaves one behind: ""Seven little dragons dangle in trees, six little dragons tease some bees. Five little dragons run from a toad, four little dragons dance on a road."" The verse is simple, the effect charming. By the time ""one little dragon is all alone,"" it's getting dark--and the underbrush sprouts pairs of spooky, menacing eyes that belong to unseen creatures of the night. Time to get home! The dragon meets up with his brothers and sisters one by one, as they retrace their adventures (this time, a bit faster). And soon the ""ten little dragons are home once more, ten little dragons begin to snore,"" under Ma Dragon's watchful eye. Leedy's brightly colored creatures (they are blue and pink, with green eyes and purple wings) add to the book's rowdy exuberance. This introduction to numbers accomplishes what any good counting book should: it makes counting fun.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1985
Publisher: Holiday House