That Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire

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Title: The Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire
Author: Yonit Werber
Ages: 3-7
Genre: Children’s Literature

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My daughter loves to grow things for her garden. Each year she participates in the Tomatosphere project where she is tasked with growing tomatoes. She patiently waits for them to sprout and then again for the perfect weather to plant them. Waiting is hard but each fall she is rewarded with delicious tomatoes for her favourite Salsa. Not only does she learn how to grow her own vegetable garden, but she learns the importance of patience.

Waiting for the plants to grow

“The Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire” is a children’s storybook written by Yonit Werber that teaches children the value of patience and asking for help.

The story is about a little dragon who is ready to grow up and breathe fire like his big brothers. He tries everything he can think of to breathe fire. Try as he might, he just can’t do it on his own. A wise owl is a witness to the little dragon’s trouble tells him to go to the one person who can help…his mom.

Book Cover - Dragon Who Couldn't Breathe Fire by Yonit Werber

The little dragon’s mom explains to him that the magic of fire breathing will happen in its own time. He just needs to be patient. Will the little dragon ever be able to breathe fire like his brothers?

The story shares a beautiful message about growing up. The little dragon tries over and over again to breathe fire and never gives up trying. Your little one will learn that it’s okay to try to do something and have it fail. As parents it is important for us to remember to let our little ones try and succeed or possibly fail. It’s all part of growing up.

Your little one will also learn that it’s important to ask for help. Hungry for independence little ones will often struggle to complete a task and when it can’t be done breakdown in tears and frustration. Parents are often too quick to jump in and help when they see their children struggle. It’s important that we remember to allow our children to recognize when they need help and learn to ask for it. This is a skill that even adults struggle to learn.

The ultimate lesson that the story shares is that you can not rush “growing-up”. The little dragon learns that the magic of fire will happen with time, patience is the key.

The story is written in rhyme and can young readers can easily read. I found there are a few places where it doesn’t quite ‘roll off my tongue’ as smoothly as I would like, but it is still very enjoyable to read.

I did struggle with formatting issues, but I feel this is due to the app I am using on my tablet to read it.

The illustrator, Bhangga Santoso, has created brightly coloured illustrations that little ones will love to look at over and over. The author, Yonit Werber, also offers a free creative kit when you sign up for her newsletter. My kids enjoyed colouring images of the little dragon family and glued them to popsicle sticks to make puppets to tell their own stories.

Dragon Puppet

“The Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire” is a fun story with a meaningful message about growing up that children will enjoy reading over and over.

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