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DRAGON by Wayne Anderson


by Wayne Anderson & illustrated by Wayne Anderson

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-78397-1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Once again, a creature hatches, seeks its mother among unlike animals, and eventually finds her. Making the baby a dragon provides some variation on the theme, as well as a chance to explore the nature of dragons; having a little boy use the map in his book to complete the quest—and making the dragon, in turn, save the boy when they get caught in the ice (``It says here you can make fire'')—are pleasing novelties in the graceful, well-constructed narrative. Best are the exquisitely wrought paintings of fantastical but appealing creatures in a surreal, romantic landscape: a popularized, smoothed-over update of the style of Dulac's illustrations for Andersen's ``The Snow Queen.'' (Picture book. 5-8)