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What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined?Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything fWhat if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined?Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon...

Title : Dragons Are Real
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ISBN : 29877677
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Dragons Are Real Reviews

  • Lynda Dickson
    2019-05-20 22:55

    The author and illustrator take us on a journey to discover just what real dragons are really like. And it's not what you may have heard before. Dragons are actually very sophisticated creatures who love poetry and reading, but especially sweets! So watch out next time you're sucking on a lollipop while reading your book. A dragon may just want to become your new best friend!This is an absolutely delightful book, with a whimsical old storybook look and feel. The illustrations by Michael Welply are captivating, colorful, and full of rich detail. This is a book to be explored over and over again and it's sure to become a favorite of both children and their adult reading friends alike.I received this book in return for an honest review.Full blog post (30 May):

  • Renee
    2019-06-04 18:58

    Psst… do you want to know a secret? Did you know dragons are just like you and me? That is, they love poetry, and dancing, and even love to tell riddles and laugh. For far too long now, dragons have had a bad rap for wreaking havoc across the land destroying villages, devouring humans, and stealing treasure. Valarie Budayr and Michael Welply set the record straight and bring to life the fun-loving, whimsical side of the majestic dragons, in the delightful picture book, "Dragons are Real".In "Dragons are Real", the narrator addresses the reader directly challenging young children to open their imagination to the possibility that dragons, typically depicted as terrible beasts, can be friendly and playful. The illustrations are colorful and kid-friendly – sure to easily keep children’s attention. The notion of a dragon having characteristics not fitting the common stereotype, opens up the possibility of a child thinking outside the box and has the potential of eliciting broader conversations about stereotypes. Thus, "Dragons are Real" would make an excellent read-aloud book in a preschool setting, early elementary classroom, or library reading circle. I recommend this book to children ages 3 to 6.

  • Tonja Drecker
    2019-05-27 18:46

    I'd jump up and scream 'yes' to this title (and the question it poses). Plus, the wonderful cover caught my kids' interest right away.This is a fun book and a must for all little dragon lovers. The lovely, colorful illustrations harmonize nicely with the words, adding a perfect amount of humor in the sort of detail which keeps kids coming again and again simply to flip through them. There's a lot of love in the artwork, and each dragon carries its own characteristics, while keeping an air of grandeur to these majestic beasts.The writing itself isn't for the youngest of listeners but is more fitting for to kids ages 4 and above. This book takes dragon 'facts' (like fire-breathing) and adds delicious little twists, which make it clear, dragons are so much more than what myths might lead kids to believe. There's nothing scary in these pages, but rather dabbles humor into heart-warming explanations, which simply make one smile.Summed up, it's a book as great as it looks. The pictures and text are simple enough for young listeners to grasp, but complex enough to have them coming back time and again. Even parents (who happen to be dragon lovers) will get a kick out of reading it out loud. And at the end, young readers are sure to wish they had a dragon to call their best friend too.

  • Gayle Swift
    2019-05-23 22:04

    Dragons and dinosaurs fascinate children so they're predisposed to love Dragons Are Real by Valerie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply. It delivers the full inside story on the fire-breathing beasts. Who knew dragons need friends and yearn to be a child's BFF? Or that they crave sweets as much as any kid dreaming of Halloween? All those stories of treasure hoarding paint the wrong picture of the draco species. It's just that sparkling things dazzle and things catch a dragon's attention. In actuality, it's not jewels they crave and hoard. It's books. Lots and lots and lots of books.My favorite newly discovered dragon-fact: they love to read. We're kindred spirits! I've taken the liberty of naming this special dragon: Draco Bibliophilium which loosely translates from the Latin as "Book Loving Dragon.") He's near and dear to my heart because I love books too. (Anyone who has visited my office would know. In fact, it looks like the illustrator used my office for an illustration study.)Dragons Are Real seeks to clear up many misperceptions that identify dragons as evil, dangerous and, scary. The very idea that dragons yearn to capture hapless maidens is preposterous; they're simply trying to be helpful and make a friend in the process. Now it is true that dragons breathe fire, but only when they want to be useful like toasting hot dogs or making s'mores. It can be very handy to have a friend with a built-in fuel source and an inclination to help out when needed. Turns out, that dragons are loyal and funny. Apparently they love poetry to an excess which can be a bit tedious. But don't we all have our quirks and faults?This story transforms a traditional "monster" figure from children's folklore into a charming and desirable pal, one who loves to laugh and dance and recite poetry. I love that! By turning the myth upside down, which offers young readers a model for looking at the "monsters" in their own personal lives and reinterpret them in a way which enables them to cope. Since dragons are masters of camouflage, they can be "hiding in plain sight." This concept can easily lead to discussions about how we can overlook people as well as how we choose to hide ourselves and be small. These are big ideas, but understanding them can help kids notice whom they might be overlooking and or how they themselves might be fading into the background. It also invites readers to think about what it is like to need a friend, how to be a friend as well as how to find a friend. All of these are important skills.The illustrations are amazing and vividly interpret the text. The pictures are an adventure in their own right and compliment the text well. They add the perfect measure of whimsy, humor and ferocity.Adoption-attuned Lens: It is common for adoptees to spend considerable time thinking about big "what ifs." (What if I hadn't been adopted? What if I'd been adopted by someone else? What if my adoptive parents rejects me? And many more.) Many develop chameleon-like skill at blending in and becoming what they think others expect them to be--or do. Adoptees who don't share a culture or race with their adoptive family may struggle to fit in ad feel "at home" in their adoptive family. Like the proverbial dragon striving to remake his fierce image, adoptees must learn how to blend their dual heritage into a cohesive whole. The key is to fit in without losing their authentic selves, like a dragon who breathes fire but learns not to burn down the neighborhood! Fun activityAsk your child to create a dragon from his imagination. Draw it. Paint it. Build it from Legos©, clay or from materials found in your recycle bin. Then give it a name. For an added challenge, try to include a Latin variation as Valerie did. (J. K. Rowling also included Latin phrases in her beloved Harry Potter series; it sounds ever so mysterious and magical! I'm sure parents and Google, Siri, etc. can provide any needed assistance.) Encourage your child to write his/her dragon's story; you just might be awakening a dormant talent.Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo BooksAuthor Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O'Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. WangWe’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE. Valerie and MiaLinks to remember: MCBD siteFree Multicultural Books for TeachersFree Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and EducatorsFree Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use the official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.You can make a difference. Be a driving force for #Diversity in publishing. Help ensure that we have a robust range of "windows" and "mirrors" so that all children can see themselves in their literature as well as introduce them to a broad array of cultures. Exposure grows familiarity which in turn, nurtures understanding and tolerance.#BuyDiversity #ReadDiversity #WriteDiversity As a participant in Multicultural Children's Book Day, I received a copy of the book from the author. My opinions are my own.

  • Ro
    2019-05-16 20:16

    Dragon lovers will rejoice when Valarie Budayr reveals the truth about a dragon's nature and how great a companion it can be! To add to the fantasy that readers are learning hidden secrets, the title page and last page of the story are illustrated to simulate a rare and old book cover/backcover. The first five pages seem to have been plucked out of a Medieval book on dragonology, with illustrations of three types of dragons (all very fierce looking), their names in latin, and common conceptions, or for this book's purpose, misconceptions, on dragons. After that, the beautiful journey of discovering what dragons really are and what they have to offer begins. Every spread has one or more beautiful, majestic, dragons, some old and some very young, with a truth written in fancy decorated lettering, and a detailed explanation of that truth. Most pages have dragons interacting with children, who are drawn to look as realistic as if it was a picture rather than an illustration. Valarie Budayr's book makes the reader suspend disbelief and enter the realm of a world full of dragons waiting to become our friends.

  • Fiona Ingram
    2019-05-22 19:59

    Dragons Are Real, written by Valarie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply, is a must-have for dragon aficionados the world over. Inside this amazing book is a grand revelation: dragons ARE real. Much maligned over the centuries through myth and legend (and made up stories!), the dragon is not the tyrannical, fire-breathing monster who kidnaps damsels in distress and gobbles them up with mustard and ketchup. No, the true dragon is a humble, gentle friend to all, with amazing qualities that would make anyone want to be his comrade for life.They love to laugh, so you can always give them a good tickle, and they particularly enjoy riddles. The author offers a unique riddle inside the book, one that is guaranteed to secure your lifelong friendship with a dragon. They love reading and (contrary to popular opinion held usually by banks and kings in their counting houses) the dragon prefers to hoard books, rather than gold treasure. You see? A very different picture of the dragon begins to emerge. They love to dance and have fun. Masters of disguise, they can become anything you want, for example if you feel like rolling down a lush green hillside, just for fun. The dragon is an amazing and incredible creature and this book reveals the true nature and excellent qualities of dragons.This is an absolutely beautiful book. I received a pdf copy and would have loved a print copy because the design and illustrations are just outstanding. This is a book for children to keep, to linger over and treasure, not only for the amazing images, but because the detail within each page keeps the reader there. The dragons’ expressions, the fine detail, the very ‘aliveness’ of each illustration had me spellbound. I loved the dragon being a master of disguise, and particularly appreciated the intricacies of the dragon’s study, filled with books, and with a tiny resident mouse also engrossed in a miniature volume.I cannot praise this book more highly and I feel really privileged to have read it. I wish it could be animated, so as to enjoy these amazing dragons and the beautiful details even more. Congratulations to the author and illustrator for a work of art. I spent time on each page and I’d encourage parents to do the same when reading this with their kids. An excellent message, besides all the lovely ones about the good and noble qualities of dragons, is that reading is something to bring enjoyment; it’s a doorway to a magical world, as this stunning book amply proves.

  • Inderpreet Uppal
    2019-06-07 22:04

    My thoughts on DRAGONS ARE REAL by Valarie BudayrI have read books by Valarie and I have always enjoyed them, Dragons Are Real is no exception. I did not read the book immediately but I waited to read the book with my son, not taking a peek till we sat to read it together. It was lovely time as we bonded over this excellent book.As a parent, I found this to be a perfect present for him. He fell in love with the book after seeing the first image and was eager to read more. It is a simple and cute story with delightful dragons on every page. The story is so hilarious and since it does not rhyme it is much more fun to read, like a proper book. The humor is impeccable!My son just turned seven and had this to say, “It was very funny and good. It was like the dragons would come alive and we would meet him around the corner. The pictures are so beautiful too.” He gives this book five stars – more if it were possible! My son loved the story and he laughed so much enjoying it thoroughly. We read it twice and will be reading it again at bedtime and many times more. He read each page with rapt attention and asked a lot of questions about the pictures and the story.We are now true believers, looking out to find our own real dragon.Dragons Are Real is full of detailed, beautiful dragons. The pictures are so real, life like and the illustrations absolutely remarkable! Micheal is super talented!! It is a delight to read and to just see the pictures which help us understand the book and enjoy it.A must have this summer for a wonderful addition to our library. An outstanding book indeed.{© I received a copy of the book from Beach Bound Books and this is my honest opinion.}

  • Autumn
    2019-05-28 17:47

    http://kachildrensbookreviews.blogspo...We received this book to give an honest review.K actually enjoyed this book as we read it before bedtime. He turned to look at me and goes do you think dragons are real? To which I replied well do you, because after reading this book you just never know it seems that dragons are real. In this very colorful and well illustrated pictures we learn about dragons and how different they are. There are some that breath fire but only when they need to to dragons who can smell sweets up to a hundred feet away. So watch them sweets so a dragon doesn't take it. I think children of all ages will love to read this book the pictures of the dragons are not scary at all but it is just a well done book. Questions and Answers with K.1. Did you enjoy the book?"Yes I did."2. What was your favorite part?"All of it but I liked looking for the dragons that were hiding to get the girl's sweets."3. Would you recommend this book to you friends?"Yes, but some of my friends say that dragons are a myth so they may not read it."

  • C.L. Murphy
    2019-06-15 15:57

    I admit I'm a sucker for a GREAT dragon book. I do believe my love of dragons began when Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee. There's just something about a creature that breathes fire and resembles a large flying lizard, that my inner child would like to believe is indeed real. And now this story tells us that they have a love of sugar and they may me to blame for YOUR sweet abductions. This may explain why a box of chocolates disappears so quickly in our house. The dragons! In this book the reader learns of their love of reading, books, poetry, dancing, and laughing. Who wouldn't want to believe they are real? The illustrator did a scrumptious job with color and glorious detail portraying each dragon's personality. It's a gorgeous book with a playful storyline. The dragons ARE out there...just waiting to be your next very best friend. I believe.

  • Barbara Ann
    2019-06-05 16:56

    So you thought dragons are fire-breathing monsters who trample the ground beneath their feet, instill fear or rescue damsels in distress. Well, the author tells young readers that is incorrect. Real dragons read books, memorize poems, solve riddles, laugh when tickled and dance the cha- cha. They are masters of disguise and may be lurking in the most unexpected places. Dragons love sweets; beware of losing that ice cream cone that you might be holding in your hand.Welply does a masterful job of illustrating these charming scenes with large images in soft pastel colors which bring the text to life. This picture book will especially appeal to young readers in the four to seven age group. Perfect choice for a read aloud or bedtime story. It's hard not to fall in love with the antics and images of the dragons portrayed on these pages.

  • La La
    2019-05-24 22:47

    I was sent a pdf of this book because I will not feature or join tours for books or authors I am not familiar with. I also requested a physical copy to send to my five year old KOOKIES AND MILK reviewer, Kaylee, and let me tell you... it is going to be monumentally difficult to part with this copy because the book is BRILLIANT! The illustrations are STELLAR, and the story is deeply imaginative, heartwarming, and whimsical. I love and adore it! I will have this book sitting on my bookshelves waiting for my someday grandchildren, and it is now on the top of my list for children's book gifts. I think it will be a perfect gift for teen and adult dragon lovers as well.I was supplied with a review copy by the blog tour host as I will not spotlight books I have not read and rated at least four stars.

  • Stacie
    2019-06-04 18:50

    Dragons are Real is a magical tale that enlightens readers through beautiful text and vivid illustrations as to what dragons are really like and encourages them to use their imaginations to discover more.I bet you didn't know that dragons love poetry, to read, to dance, and love to eat sweets, but they do! Dragons are kind and funny and just want to be your friend. So the next time you're ready for a bowl of ice cream or to curl up with a good book be sure to look around, there might just be a dragon waiting to join you.The stunning cover immediately drew me to this story and I was taken with the exquisitely detailed illustrations and the charming storyline. Children will delight in the whimsical dragons and enjoy exploring each page. Dragons are Real is certain to become a fast favorite among parents and children a like. I highly recommend picking up a copy.

  • LAWonder10
    2019-05-30 22:52

    This is a quality paperback book of what "Real" Dragons are like! Put aside the old myths you have heard and discover for yourself "Real" Dragons!This charming account will help your child view Dragons in a new light without the frightening "myths" often told. It is also a very good way to encourage our "young ones" to overcome the "dragons" in their lives.The illustrations are amazingly, colorful and bright with expressions which seem to jump off the pages. Michael Welply is an outstandingly talented artist.I recommend this book for ages five to nine years.This book definitely earns Five Stars!*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.

  • Charlie
    2019-05-28 23:14

    This was an incredibly cute book! Whatever your perceptions of dragons are, YOU’RE WRONG!I loved the REAL DRAGONS LOVE TO READ page, which is also above. They are extreme hoarders of books…Hmm, does that make me part dragon?:)Real dragons don’t dance alone. I loved the illustrations and the use of color throughout the book. It was fantastic. The dragons were large and detailed, but they all presented the face of fun. They weren’t scary.Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? This is a cute read for lower grades and younger children. It is funny and lighthearted. I definitely recommend buying this one just to keep around for years to come.

  • Becky
    2019-06-11 18:14

    Dragons Are Real is a fun children's book for any little one loves dragons! The book has great illustrations that go along perfectly with the story. The author used a wide variety of descriptions throughout the story, which made it quite enjoyable. This book gets four hearts for me!Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock!

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-06-01 20:04

    A fun book from beginning to end with absolute amazing illustrations. Shinning some light on the bad image that dragons have as mean and fierce enemies and changing the way we think about them. Whether or not your child is a fan of dragons this is a wonderful book worth reading.I was provided a copy for an honest review.