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Lovabye Dragon

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  83 reviews
In her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl.

When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently lovin
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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A lovely, lyrical story with a fairy tale feel turns the usual "damsel in distress" captured by evil dragon on its head. For the little damsel in this story is distressed because she doesn't have a dragon. It's fanciful and cute how they find one another. And I love how it says the girl was little and the dragon was big but they were the same size inside. (A perfect match albeit an unlikely friendship!)
Once there was a girl who lived in a castle and longed to be friends with a dragon. There was a dragon who lived far off in a cave who wanted a girl for a friend. The girl was so sad that she wept silver tears of loneliness. Those tears trickled all the way out of the castle and to the cave of the dragon where they awoke him. The dragon followed the trail of silver back to the castle where he found the girl waiting for him. The two became immediate friends, spending all of their time together. B ...more
Maria Burel
I was first drawn to Lovabye Dragon for its bedtime story-esque cover and illustrations. Beyond the cover, though, is a wonderful story about an unconventional princess and her desire for a dragon. Meanwhile, we also meet a dragon, longing for a girl for a friend. When they meet, the bond is instantaneous. Despite all their outward differences, they are a perfect match.
I'll admit it, the subject matter gave this book an extra star. Yay for books about shy girls who want a dragon friend! I spy a little of myself in this princess, and I'm sure other girls will too.

This is a rhyming, cumulative tale that will be great for tuck-me-in time. The poetry does get just a little clunky in spots (rum-below roar?) but mostly it has a gentle, soothing rhythm.

The illustrations are shades of blue and purple, with a spot of yellow for a happy princess dress. I do wish they w
Jan 19, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
With a lyrical narrative and soothing, muted illustrations, I recommend this book for bedtime reading. The story is short and the dragon is quite adorable. There are some repetitive rhyming refrains that will likely appeal to younger children. It's a lovely story about friendship and we enjoyed reading this book together.
little girl pines for dragon as a friend and miles away a dragon pines for a little girl for a friend. her tears reach the dragon and they are united. very beautiful rhyme and lovely sentiment about being different on the outside but "same in the middle."
A girl and a dragon long for one another and it is the girl's tears that lead the dragon to her door. Lyrical text makes for a good read aloud. Some of the artwork mimics a comic book layout. A muted color palette makes for a soothing bedtime story.
Am I the only one who cannot figure out the rhythm of this text?? I have been practicing this for a readaloud and have been failing miserably. I love this story, but found the rhythm super clunky and awkward. Gonna give it a go anyway.
Super sweet rhyming text, perfect for a dragon preschool story time. I love the fuzzy, soft illustrations, but I also love the fact that they are big and clear enough for the preschoolers to see all the way in the back of the room.
This was on the new picture books shelf at the library and I picked it out for my little boy, whom I have always called my "dragon baby."
I like the soothing colors of the illustrations, and I like that the text subtly plays with opposites (primarily big and little, but quiet and loud are featured) and rhyme. I couldn't always find the rhythm of the text and it was especially tricky the first time I read it because there are some made-up words that caught me off guard, such as the "lovabye" in th
Twilight for the junior crowd. A girl who cries to get what she wants, and whispers throughout the entire book. Yuck. Let's hear a temper tantrum! Pretty pictures though.
Oooh! Really liked this book! What great language to go with dreamy, cozy pictures. Just want to snuggle up with a little one and share it right now.
A great little princess picture book, especially great for those little princesses whose parents aren't super thrilled about frills.
Rachel White
This 2012 book is about the friendship between a dragon and a princess. The princess was a lonely princess who had always dreamed of having a dragon for a friend. Then there was also a lonely dragon who had always dreamed of have a little princess for a friend. One night, while the princess was crying for the chance to have a dragon for a friend, her tears began to flow out of her room and down the stairs and through the woods and into a dark cave and straight to the sad dragon. The dragon follo ...more
Summary: In "Lovabye Dragon" by Barbara Joosse, two lonely characters in search for friendship wish for company and are ecstatic when they discover one another. A princess wishes she had a dragon friend, and the dragon wishes he had a princess friend. By following a trail of the princesses tears, the dragon finds what he has been looking for, and the princess has her wish fulfilled as well. Though they look very different from one another, they share many good moments that you are sure to find w ...more
Jessica Hottman
There is a lonely girl in a castle who wants a dragon and a lonely dragon in a cave who wishes he had a girl for a friend. The girl cries so many tears in her loneliness, that they reach all of the way to the cave with the dragon. The dragon follows the tears back to the castle and both the dragon and the girl are surprised and excited to see each other. They do everything together and become the best of friends.

This book is intended for young, elementary-aged students.

Destiny Dawn Long
Picked this one up from the library, because it seemed like a refreshing change from the insipid princess stories that seem so prevalent these days. Although the girl wasn't technically a princess, she still lived in a castle.

So this is the story of a lonely girl who wanted a dragon for a friend, and a lonely dragon who wanted a girl for a friend. They find each other and then they have adventures together and it's nice. I love the style of Joosse's writing--there's a softness and lyricism to i
Rob Thelen
I really enjoyed this book and I believe it would make an excellent read aloud in a primary classroom. Barbara Joosse, writer, and Randy Cecil, illustrator, have done an excellent job of creating a book that portrays character vs. fate. I believe this book would make a perfect conversation starter for the uniqueness of various relationships, and the importance of friendship.
Have you ever had a dream or wished for a friend who was a dragon? This is a book that will have you smiling like no other. I enjoyed this book for three reasons. The first reason was that the story moved along fast and had a great rhythm. I don’t know what it is called but what once started apart in the end becomes one. The other reason I enjoyed this book is that it has really colorful images and you know by the use of media the feelings of the little princess and dragon. Last but not least, I ...more
My kids are way into dragons right now so we've been reading all the books with dragons that we can get our hands on. My little five year old daughter loved this. I thought it was cute, charming and
humorous. The sing-songy rhythmic words are fun to read aloud.
Loved this. The illustrations are all done in muted nighttime tones so the princess' dress looks like a star. The dragon's funny smile as they play outside the castle was super cute.

This is a really phenomenal bedtime story, soothing and sweet.
I liked this quietly-colored story about a little girl who was all alone and wished so hard for a dragon to love. And a dragon who dreamed of loving a girl. I think it would be good for a bedtime story because the pictures are done in soothing night-time grays and the story itself is easy and projects more contentment than big loud happiness. There's also a subtle protective element going on which author Joose explains on the back jacket flap, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things: ...more
This book gets a 5 for a GIRL who loves dragons. The illustrations & flow are great too & my 3 year old daughter loves it so much that we may have to buy this one.
Kristina Lareau
A sweet and softly illustrated verse picturebook that best serves as a bedtime read aloud.
Melissa Richardson
Really cute lullaby story with amazing illustrations!! Kids loved it. I loved it too!!
Sarah Souther
Pretty text and story. Dragons are always a hit and so are odd friendships.
Written in verse, this is a cute story of friendship between a girl and a dragon. Natalie is in a princess phase, which has recently started expanding out into other elements of fantasy (unicorns, dragons, castles, fairies). So, this book was well timed for us. Beautiful artwork. Bed time was a great time to read it. I felt it was a little longer than it needed to be, and some of the wording was a little hard to read cold and upside down. (I do most of my reading to Natalie upside down as she si ...more
Leanne Hooper
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Great and very sweet. A lovely fairy tale.
A young girl yearns for a dragon for a friend, while a lonely dragon dreams of a girl for a friend. This charmingly illustrated book describes how a girl and a dragon become friends and how they face the world together. I loved the first half of the story and its soothing rhymes; the second half didn't feel quite as strong and charming, though the entire story is sweet and dreamy.

Recommended for bedtime reading. The rhymes will make it especially appealing for preschool through kindergarten rea
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Barbara Joosse has written many books for children. Among them are Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; and I Love You the Purplest, illustrated by Mary Whyte. She says, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things — a best friend, and something so ferocious it would scare away the monsters under my bed. And so I have written Lovabye Dragon. I think maybe it’s for little m ...more
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