Benjamin The Lonely Dragon By Marc Craste

 

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If a story about a beautiful friendship between a sweet, shy dragon and a kind-hearted hedgehog, isn’t enough to warm your heart, then I don’t know what would be!

Summary

Benjamin is different to other dragons: he’s afraid of fire! Because of this, Benjamin feels like a total failure and decides to leave his family and his village, so he doesn’t bring any more shame to his parents. Along his travels, he comes across Roger, the hedgehog, who is, of course, terrified of Benjamin at first. Once Benjamin properly introduces himself, the two become best of friends and travel around together, protecting other small animals from the nasty Greevils, Roger was originally running from.

Winter sets in and a snowstorm separates Benjamin and Roger. When Benjamin finally finds his little hedgehog friend, he is frozen to the core and in serious danger of dying. The only thing that can save him, is Benjamin, and his ability to breathe fire.

It turns out that our worst fears can disappear when our friends need us.

 

Why I love it

I think I smiled from cover to cover whilst reading this book. It’s such a sweet story, about an insecure and anxiety-ridden dragon, full of self-doubt and the friendship which saves him. There really is nothing not to love about Benjamin The Lonely Dragon and it would make such a gorgeous bedtime story. I think it’s a new favourite!

Themes to discuss with your child

  • Feeling insecure
  • Doubting yourself
  • Feeling not good enough
  • Family
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover
  • Friendship
  • Fears
  • Being brave
  • Kindness
  • Being gentle and caring
  • Overcoming fears
  • Sticking up for your friends
  • Self-worth
  • Acceptance of self
  • Pride
  • Love

 

Questions to ask your child

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • Why do you think Benjamin is a lonely dragon?
  • What is he carrying? What do you think this means?
  • What can we see at Benjamin’s feet?
  • In which season is this book set?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • At the start of the story, why did Benjamin leave his village?
  • Do you think his family would have wanted him to leave? Why/Why not?
  • Have you ever felt the way Benjamin felt; that you’re not good enough? Tell me about it.
  • How do you think Roger felt when he first met Benjamin?
  • How did Roger help Benjamin overcome his fears?
  • Do you think friends are important? Why/why not?
  • What do you think is the most important quality of a friend?
  • What do you think is the message of this story? What is the author trying to teach us?

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