Baby Dragon (Hardcover)

By Amy Ehrlich, Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763628406, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 12, 2008

Fall 2008 Kids' List

“A charming story of love and trust between a baby dragon and his mother. Left on his own overnight, Baby Dragon has adventures as he waits for his mother's return. The illustrations let readers see dangers before Baby Dragon does as he interacts with the creatures around him.”
— Betsy Groen, The Blue Marble Bookstore, Fort Thomas, KY
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Amy Ehrlich spins a resonant tale of separation anxiety, pluck, and reassurance, aided by Will Hillenbrand's charming, lush illustrations.

Baby Dragon knows he must wait for his mother by the red fern. He knows she'll be back by morning. So he counts his claws, draws in the sand, takes a nap, and otherwise bides his time, never budging even when friends coax him to run off and play. But as night falls, Baby Dragon starts to worry. What if his mother doesn't come back? Should he climb on sly Crocodile's back and try to find her? Blending just the right amount of excitement and apprehension, this deeply satisfying story confronts a child's common fear, and offers the ultimate comfort.

About the Author

Amy Ehrlich has written more than thirty books for children, including JOYRIDE (a Booklist Best Book of the Decade) and RACHEL: THE STORY OF RACHEL CARSON. She is also the editor of the award-winning anthology WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE. She lives in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

Will Hillenbrand is the illustrator of many children's books, including THIS LITTLE PIGGY, edited by Jane Yolen, and KISS THE COW! by Phyllis Root. He is also the author-illustrator of DOWN BY THE STATION. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.