Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich

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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 Amy Ehrlich

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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.
 
Published August 12, 2008 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Mother Dragon instructs her baby to wait for her by the red fern while she visits his grandmother, telling him she’ll be back by morning but neglecting to explain why he’s being left behind.

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Just as in “Owl Babies” mother returns as promised, and “Baby Dragon warmed his mother’s face with his baby dragon breath.” The story is well told and Hillenbrand enhances interest by painting subtle clues (alligator eyes in the water, a reflection of returning mother dragon) into his watercolor...

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