Title: Me and My Dragon
Author and Illustrator: David Biedrzycki
Age: preschool, early elementary
Description: A boy describes all the things he could do with a dragon and how he would take care of this new and unusual pet.
- Perspective taking
- Body language
- Early prediction
- Trying new experiences
- Managing the unexpected
- Pretend play
Why I like this book: Incredible illustrations practically come alive! Characters on each page, including the dragon, show a wide range of emotions such as happiness, confusion, fear, remorse, concern, curiosity, sneakiness, and surprise.
Ideas for use:
- Before reading the book, discuss what kind of unusual pets kids would like and what they would do with them
- Read the book to tap into the children’s imagination, then talk again about unusual pets and see if they can come up with different suggestions
- Before turning the page, ask the kids to predict what will happen next
- Discuss how each child, adult, or dragon is feeling by noting facial expressions and body language. Have the kids act out different characters while the others guess which character they are mimicking
- Help preschoolers with regulation and deep breathing by taking deep breaths and blowing when they see the dragon breathe fire
- Have kids practice impulse control by holding bubble blowers and only blowing when they see the dragon breathe fire
- Play open-ended dragon games. Have the kids make up new ways to play with or take care of a pet dragon
- Create a dragon with craft materials as a group project
Submitted by: Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L
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