Title: Pegasus: A Dragon’s Tale
Author: Gina LoBiondo
Illustrator: Stephanie Zuppo
Publication Date: September 21, 2011
Publisher: Independent – Nephthys Publications
Number of pages: 34
Recommended age: 3 to 7
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Pegasus: A Dragon’s Tale tells the story of two bear cubs, Dayshawn and Kameela, who find an egg that hatches a baby dragon. They raise the dragon, which they name Pegasus, until the dragon is too big to live in the castle. He goes away to live somewhere else. Many years later, when the bear cubs are grown, there is a war in the kingdom. Dayshawn and Kameela get captured, but are then rescued by Pegasus. Pegasus then comes back to live with the bear cubs and their families.
1. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I like the cover and the pictures in the book. I especially like the pictures of the dragon.
2. What can you tell me about the characters in the book? The main characters are Dayshawn and Kameela who are brother and sister and are prince and princess. The other character in the story is the dragon, Pegasus, but he doesn’t say anything in the book.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? My favorite part of the book is when the beak of the dragon is peeking out from the egg because it’s cute. That was my favorite picture.
4. What is your least favorite part of the book? My least favorite part of the book is when the dragon leaves because it made me sad. I was happy when he came back.
5. If you had a pet dragon, what would you make it do? If I had a pet dragon, I would make him fly me around to Hawaii and Australia.
6. Overall, what did you think about this book? I liked this book. It was ok.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think boys and girl who like stories about dragons would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★½☆
My Thoughts: Pegasus: A Dragon’s Tale is a fairy tale about a loyal dragon who remembers the love between himself and the prince and princess who raised him tenderly from birth. This book contains many elements which will be sure to appeal to young children. The main characters are bear cubs who are also royalty. The bear cubs find a baby dragon with whom they form a deep bond (heh, who wouldn’t want their own dragon?) It has the classic “good” versus “evil” scenario with the “good” side ending up being triumphant.
I did feel that the theme of a war between kingdoms was a bit mature for young children (i.e., the target audience) and there is a picture in particular where the bears are tied up at the stake with the threat of a fire nearby. I have to admit that I gulped at this scene. Also, I did find the illustrations a bit repetitive. Sometimes I would turn the page and there would be essentially the same scene with one arm in a different position and a change in facial expression being the only differences, for example.
My Bottom Line: I think there is definitely potential in this book. I love the concept of the two royal bear cubs who stumble upon this egg and go on to raise the dragon and develop a deep bond with him. I think the war creates a bit too much tension in the story and I think that changes in the illustrations would improve the book. I hope the author can take some of this feedback and consider reworking the book to make this a great read for children ages 3 and older.
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
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