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In line with Fairy Dragons, which I mentioned last week, there is a whole sub-genre of books that feature baby dragons. Some of these are juvenile novels where a youth protagonist cares for one or more baby dragons. The emphasis here is on compassionate kids taking care of beasts that their parents regard as dangerous and terrifying.

One example is Susan Fletcher’s Dragon Chronicles series: Dragon’s Milk (1989), Flight of the Dragon Kyn (1993), Flight of the Dove (1996) and Ancient, Strange and Lovely (2010). A did a series review a while back. A more recent series is Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George: Dragon Slippers (2006), Dragon Flight (2008), and Dragon Spear (2009). Here’s my review.

Sometimes the main character is a young dragon, as with the graphic novel series, Dragonbreath (started in 2009) by Ursula Vernon.

And how could I forget Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider series? I really need to get to those books some day.

There’s also a category of picture books featuring dragon characters. Sometimes there is an actual baby dragon, but more often a child character is coping with draconic behavior. Some that I’ve reviewed are Dragons Love Tacos (2012) by Adam Rubin, and Dragon Was Terrible (2016) by Kelly DiPucchio.

I’d suspect these are intended for fantasy-loving parents who want to introduce the genre to their young children. So if you have kids or grandkids, by all means go on a “dragon hunt” in your local bookstore or library. You never know what you’ll find!


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Here’s a teasing video from YouTube. “Do you believe this baby dragon is real?” the videographer asks.

I believe it is a real resin casting with lovely paint, and I wish he’d said where you can buy these!


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Here’s my newest dragon friend, Hafzilla.

Hafzilla

Hafzilla


Hafzilla is a foundling dragon. I was riding my bike and stopped to pick up a water bottle from the curb, when I noticed something bright green in a parking lot. Turns out it was part of a Godzilla toy. You know, the wind-up kind. It had been crushed by a car. What I salvaged was the largest piece.

Normally I hate litter, but who could resist poor little Hafzilla?

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I’m traveling today, headed for one of the Barnes & Noble B-Teen events. But I couldn’t resist sharing these cute dragon puppets I spotted on a school wall. I’m glad I took this picture when I did, because it’s the end of the year and teachers have started taking their projects down.

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These look like a fairly easy, fun craft for grade-schoolers. You take two craft sticks (these are tongue depressors, but any size stick will do) and glue one to each end of a 10″ or so piece of ribbon. Again, you can use any size or style, although 1″ or wider probably makes a more striking effect. Then make a dragon head and tail, using construction paper, thin foam, or whatever else you have on hand. Glue them on. Add paint and glitter, and there you go.

Like I said, these are puppets. You hold onto a stick with each hand and make your dragon swoop and glide. Happy flying, everyone!

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About a month ago, I mentioned that Spokane is hosting the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival. I was longing to go, but money and schedules conspired against me. Fortunately, the festival was so successful that they extended it another two weeks. I was able to go last weekend with my husband, daughter, and some good friends.

So, how was it? A little pricey, I must admit, but it was also lovely and very cool, and I’m glad we found the time. In daytime the lanterns appeared almost too colorful, but when we went in the evening they had a beautiful glow. The weather was unusually warm for early November, and that made it a more pleasant experience.

There was a good variety of subject matter, including flowers, fish, insects, and animals, plus several large pagodas and similar structures. Some were arranged in arrays of lanterns, which carried quite a punch.

In addition to the lanterns, there was about a half-hour long stage show with folk dances, funny clowns and an acrobat. They had a small but amazing display of replicas from the famous tomb of terracotta warriors, plus a number of bronzes from different eras.

Previously I mentioned the big Asian dragon lantern, which was closer to 100 feet long than the 40 feet I had guessed. There were a few smaller dragons, too. Some of these were Western-style dragons, and some were more cartoonish/anime types. Curiously enough, they were displayed along with the dinosaurs.

If you’re interested, here’s a photo book, sponsored by a local TV station, showing almost all the lanterns.

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For those you who are overdosing on testosterone during the run-up to the Superbowl, here are some very cute stuffed dragons I encountered in a pet shop. I think they’re supposed to be dog toys.

Stuffed dragon toys at a pet shop; photo by Deby Fredericks, Jan. 2015

Stuffed dragon toys at a pet shop; photo by Deby Fredericks, Jan. 2015

Those of you who aren’t in the US and overdosing on testosterone — consider yourselves lucky!

But, however, dragon doctors state that testosterone is an essential nutrient. All dragons should consume at least one warrior a month in order to maintain a vigorous flame.

<snicker>

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