Once upon a time there was a prince named Ethan. After falling into a bonfire he was stuck in a hospital bed. Not knowing whether he would make it through, his mom refused to leave his side and friends and family coordinated to take her meals. Enter Vivian Slade, non-author, a woman bringing a mom a meal, a boy some toys. Vivian left the hospital that day inspired to write a story with this little boy. So she wrote a story. Not knowing what to do from there, The Dragon King stayed hidden in files no longer used, until one day she stumbled across it. That is when she discovered what the story, so far unheard by Ethan, was missing. It needed music…..and music they added. I think it would make a perfect kid’s play. Maybe someday we could see it on the Upper Darby Summer Stage.
The Dragon King isn’t just an ordinary book though. Every book purchase equals one more copy that will be donated to orphanages, hospitals, schools, and libraries all around the globe. The ultimate goal is to give away 1,000,000 books over the next 3 years. Currently they are raising support to print the first 10,000 books. You can check out that venture and donate if you wish to be a part of the journey here.
The kids and I lay on our stomachs in front of the computer, enthralled by the story of The Dragon King, a brave little prince turned king. With his kingdom in peril this brave young king set out to succeed where no knight had. He set out to kill THE DRAGON. Headed toward where many never returned from, he carried his mother’s words with him –
Courage is not the absence of fear but doing what you know to be right in spite of it. Face your fear and it will lose its power over you.
Finally King Ethan found the dragon’s lair and prepared for the fight of his life. The dragon had no fear for you see, he had grown fat on knights who had come before. What harm could a little boy do? But fight indeed they did and to the bitter end, when both lay, wounded, near to death, when the best part of the story happens. As King Ethan and the dragon lay, side by side, dying, they have a conversation, and Ethan learns a greater truth. Will the dragon live to fight another day? Will King Ethan return home to his mother?
But back to the music. This book is available on Kindle and on Audio CD. You can buy either but I recommend BOTH. The audio CD has the beautiful addition songs that go along with the story. The book has the beautiful pictures. The quality is absolutely top notch and took me back to the times of kings and queens, kingdoms and dragons.
- The Dragon King is written by Vivian Slade and illustrated by Johanna Adrian Burr.
- The Dragon King (Kindle)
- The Dragon King (Audio Book)
- Curriculum is being made for it
- Beautiful illustrations
- Indiegogo Campaign
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- Also on YouTube
I was given a free copy of The Dragon King for review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own (and my kids).