Story Time

Dragons and Knights
Submitted by: David, LaPorte
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Hush, Little Dragon by:Boni Ashburn
Set in medieval times, with the words adapted from the traditional lullaby “Hush, Little Baby”, a mama dragon explains to her baby dragon how she will look after him no matter what. The book’s rhythm so closely matches the original lullaby, and the humorous illustrations are so well placed, with the perfect amount of text per page, that you can read or sing the story to your audience at a very natural cadence.
Me and My Dragon by:David Biedrzycki
A boy explains what would happen if he chose a fire-breathing dragon for a pet: how he would feed and tend to its unusual needs, and in turn how the dragon would deal with his kid-problems, like brussels sprouts and bullies. Biedrzycki’s illustrations are marvelous.
The Bravest Knight by:Mercer Mayer
This story begins with a boy enthusiastically envisioning how it would have been to have lived a thousand years ago as a squire for a brave knight. All is well as they battle dragons and do the usual knight-errant business together, until they must face the giant troll. Suddenly the kid concludes that it is best not to have lived a thousand years ago after all.
George, the Dragon and the Princess by:Chris Wormell
George is a mouse who is hopeless at such domestic skills as making toasted cheese. But George has the unique skill of being able to scare away one particular dragon who is after the princess. The dragon’s facial expressions are wonderful.
The End by:David LaRochelle
This is a cleverly designed book. It frames the ending of the story on the first page and then works through a series of effects, followed by causes, back to the what would be a classic “once upon a time” beginning. Some of the characters in the framework are: a ticklish dragon, a soggy knight, a spoiled giant and a smart princess.
The Best Pet of All by:David LaRochelle
A boy’s mom is prejudiced against having a dog for a pet, so the boy gets a dragon instead. The dragon turns out to be a far worse pet than any dog. Finally when it is represented to his mom that only a dog will scare away an ill-behaved dragon, she sees dogs in a new light.
Songs
Dragon Colors
I saw a rose dragon land on my nose
(point to nose and go cross-eyed)
I saw a blue dragon land on your shoe
(point at somebody’s shoe)
I saw a tan dragon land in my hand
(hold up hand in front of your face)
So I blew and blew...
(gently blow on him)
And away he flew!
Knight’s Flight
Knights fight with their shield
(hold up shield)
But I forgot my shield!
(stare at your arm in alarm)
Knights fight with their sword
(hold out sword)
But I forgot my sword
(stare at your hand in alarm)
Knights fight with their armor
(hold out fists to display your armor)
But I forgot my armor!
(stare down in alarm)
When knights have nights like this
It’s time to run away--
And fight another day!
(pretend to run off while saying the last lines)
The Dragons are Coming
Dragons look through golden eyes
(circle fingers around eyes)
Dragons smile through sharpened teeth
(smile with your teeth showing)
Dragons listen through scaly ears
(cup hands behind ears)
Shhhhhhhh!
Make sure they don’t hear us breathe!