Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw’s picture book couldn’t have come at a better time! We’ve been having a lot of chats with my five-year-old daughter, about feelings and being grumpy when hungry or tired.
Caryl Hart’s rhyming story is all about a dragon, who seems too good to be true! She doesn’t shout or snatch toys. She doesn’t throw her food or moan. But can a dragon keep up this behaviour forever… perhaps not!
The repeated phrase ‘why no dragons don’t do that!’ is perfect for children to join in with. The story is full of activities that they can relate to, playing hide and seek, bath time and getting ready for bed.
It’s a lovely introduction of ‘good manners for little dragons.’
Rosalind Beardshaw illustrations are such a lovely reflection of this sweet story. The dragon looks so cute! I love the illustration of the dragon with socks on her feet and ears, it’s just the type of thing I could imagine a toddler dragon doing!
When A Dragon Comes To Stay is a fabulous story for young children and even older siblings and parents. It’s a great reminder that ‘dragons’ or even children can’t always behave perfectly, especially when they are overtired. I love the take away message that when this happens, ‘you must wrap her in a hug, and make her cosy, safe and snug.’