Monday, June 15, 2009

A Cold Winter's Good Knight

Thomas, Shelley Moore. A Cold Winter's Good Knight. Illus. Jennifer Plecas. New York: Dutton, 2008.

Good Knight's three little dragon friends are very cold. As he is a good knight, he takes them to the castle so they'll be warm. However, he cautions them to mind their manners because there's a ball happening at the castle. They agree. The only problem is that the little dragons don't know what manners are. They get into quite a few scrapes before Good Knight realizes the problem. Once educated, the little dragons are mannered and polite.

What I thought: Good Knight and his little dragon friends are such great characters. I look forward to reading about them for many years to come. I like how Thomas uses a repetitive style that is similar to Dr. Seuss. It gives the book a certain rhythm. Repetition also makes this book perfect for children to read for themselves. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and immensely appealing. The latest installment in the series is as good as the others previous. Brava, Ms. Thomas!

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