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One Dragon's Dream

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The reader can count items from 1 to 10 included in dragon's dream.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Bradbury Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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Sep 30, 2015 Traveller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children

Marvelous! Even if you're not a children, this is sure to delight. If you do have a child, introduce them to the lure of books (and slyly to number systems and counting) with this cleverly, intricately illustrated book with which you and the child can spend time together spotting and counting.

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This book won the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year in 1980. Frankly that was before Graeme Base came along and blew out of the water this rather paltry effort at creating intricate illustrations to match an alphabet or counting book.

The book starts in "the real world" were a Dragon goes to bed with a cat and a rather large cutlass... then the "way-out-there" fantasy dream starts... So I dislike the premise and set-up of the book. The dream sequence was more an actual
Oct 29, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it
Spare prose contrasts with intricate, detailed, 2-page spreads of pen and watercolor illustrations. One gargoyle-ish dragon falls asleep, and dreams of 2 turkeys, 3 tigers, 4 frogs, 5 kangaroos, and so forth. But the pictures do not just show those particular animals; they include dozens of other things with the same count. Besides the three tigers, there are three trees, padlocks, snakes, ladybugs, coins, outhouses, needles, matches, nests, pears, ants, keys, gravestones, and a dozen more ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library today. He was on a counting book kick.

Meh. The artwork is interesting and the story is weird, and yet this book doesn't quite work. Maybe because so many other books have come along since 1980 that do this concept better. Or maybe because Australians have a strange sense of humor, like my sixth-grade teacher. Either way, not a book I need to buy. Or even check out again.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars, but I round up.
Intricate, beautiful illustrations that are worth taking the time to explore. The Australian author/illustrator has included so many Australian animals and imagery that many international readers will wonder at the mysterious references. (although everyone should get to know the numbats - they are rather adorable!)

Recommend for a child who likes detail and discovery of something new every read.
Jun 28, 2010 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Ostensibly this is a book about counting 1-10. However, the wealth of detail in the illustrations and the unique word choices (seized, cranky, stern, smuggled, nimble, etc.) make it a great option for promoting the Early Lit skills of Vocabulary and Narrative skills.
Angela Alcorn
This is a beautiful book, but it's best kept until kids can make sense of the pictures and really appreciate them.
Jun 14, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Well, he's my uncle so I'm bias, but I grew up with this book and it still has a very special place in my heart.
Oct 24, 2014 Voracious_reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling drawings. Lacking verse. I think I need to pick this one up with our daughter at a later date.
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Shelves: math
Interesting art and lots of things to count.
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Aug 01, 2016 Garren rated it liked it
Art worth a few re-looks!
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