Overcoming prejudice

January 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Michael Hague; published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston; New York; 1983.

Hague’s illustrations are reminiscent of the images in old fairy tale books.  Indeed, Hague has captured the essence of Grahame’s tale of a dragon who’s reluctant to fight (he survived for years after all other dragons for just this reason).  The dragon, a boy, and St. George all have misconceptions about one another and discover an unlikely friendship once they are able to overcome their prejudices.

An obvious use for this book is to encourage discussions about prejudice and what preconceptions mean.  In addition, I would use this book with older readers in a display or discussion about legends and fairy tales as well as about unlikely friendships.  It could also be paired with the movie based on the book.

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