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The Princess and the Dragon

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When a princess who behaves like a dragon meets a dragon who behaves like a princess, who knows what will happen! This is suitable for discussion of preconceptions and gender roles.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 29th 2002 by Child's Play International (first published June 1st 1981)
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Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite children's books ever. I loved this when I was little. Everyone I have introduced it to loves it too.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent story and illustrations but nothing special.
Carly Brown
For Jacque's Award

Level: Early transitional

Curricular Use: Independent or shared Reading

Topic: Untraditional fairy tale, untraditional princess and dragon

Social: no being happy with your life and wanting someone else's, trading lives with someone else, not wanting to be a "girly girl", not wanting to be the villian

Literary Elements: Humor (no one notices when the dragon and the princess trade places even though the dragon still looks like a dragon), irony (the princess acts like a princess and t
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay kids story about a princess who is very rude, and a dragon who is very poised and proper. When the dragon refuses to kidnap the princess, they instead decide to switch places, with the dragon playing the part of the princess, and the princess living wild in a cave.
Obviously no-one even notices the switch, they are just glad that their princess is suddenly so well behaved.
The story is told in bold writing, but then the things that the characters say are written in bubbles within the pictures
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Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time there was a princess who acts like an animal. She was impolite to everyone. whereas a dragon which lives in a cave on high mountain was very polite and sweet. The princess wanted to change her position with the dragon. After that, the dragon received lots of love from all people, but the princess got to change like a dragon. Recently there are lots of children who not follow their parent's word. Chilren can learn the courtesy and polite manner from this book.
Sue Pak
A book about a princess who is very rude and mean, and a dragon who is very poised and sweet. They switch places and makes the world happier.

You can talk about how stereotypes are not correct. Also touch on children who misbehave. I thought this book was kind of funny, however I didn't like how the rude princess was happy in the end after they switched places. I would rather have her learn her lesson by being nicer.
John Foakes
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is about a princess who wants to be a dragon, and a dragon who wants to be a princess.

Although the book is good at highlighting that it's ok to be something different to what we are expected to be, I feel like the author could have covered that aspect a bit more in the story.

All in all the book is enjoyable and a good read.
Inna Nako
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
-a book that puts a twist on the thought of a princess and a dragon
-the true princess acts like a dragon, and the dragon acts like a princess, so they switch places
-they enjoy their switch because earlier they were always looked upon with stereotypes
-shows another perspective of the dragon and princess
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars Oh what a fun and silly book! The Princesses likes to be a messy life and the dragon wants to have pomp and circumstances...they switch places and oh the fun they have!
Fun pictures fun stories! Fun!!
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Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).