Dragon Egg is designed for early readers striving toward independent reading and is one of the titles within Step One of the
five-step series “Step Into Reading” published by Random House.
This series gives every child the experience of a positive reading session and
helps develop a love of reading. The series also includes Reading with Help (Step
Two), Reading on Your Own (Step Three), Reading Paragraphs (Step
Four) and Ready for Chapters (Step Five). Each step includes several fun stories filled with colorful art. Step One includes more than 50 titles including Dragon Egg, all of which are quite thin and therefore not intimidating to young readers or those with a short attention span.
Step One starts at the preschool to kindergarten age group and incorporates large font size, easy words, use of rhyme and rhythm, and humorous activities in the illustrations. Children can easily identify with baby animals and fantasy creatures because they can connect with the characters on an emotional level and feel sympathy or empathy for their adventures.
tells the tale of a dragon egg that accidentally rolls out
of a nest and down the hill, down the road, past the town and over a cliff, despite the people and animals who chase
after it in hopes of preventing a break. Nevertheless, the egg lands on a rocky beach, and the town’s citizens watch,
first with trepidation then joy a little purple dragon crawls out of the shell. Little dragon puffs a tiny flame, lifts his wings and begins to fly home to his mother and siblings. Suddenly, the townspeople
are not so concerned – instead, they became afraid and run in front of the baby dragon as it makes its way home.
This light-hearted tale will have your family giggling when the people and animals
are spooked by the dragon. Author Mallory Loehr uses very brief sentences containing up to
six simple and repetitive words. There is one sentence on
each of the book's 32 pages. The size of the book is thin, and the dimensions are only 22.4 x 14.8 x 0.4 cm.
Colorful full-page illustrations by Hala Witter are detailed enough to hold a young reader's interest. Children will enjoy the castle, knight and princess in the images just as much as rest of the tale, even though these images are in the background,
and they will love personalizing the book by filling out
the form on the back of the front cover.