Two dragons, two very different lifestyles, one very unlikely friendship. Robyn Eversole and Scott Campbell have teamed up to create this beautiful story about friendship, working together, and not judging a book by its cover!
“East Dragon and West Dragon live on opposite sides of the world, have never met, and like it that way. East Dragon is sure that West Dragon’s HUGE wings mean that he is very, very strong. West Dragon fears that East dragon’s looong, swishy tail means that he is very, very fierce. What will happen when these two powerful, GIGANTIC and slightly terrified dragons finally meet?” – East Dragon, West Dragon, 2012
- East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole, illustrated by Scott Campbell
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2012
- Format & Genre: Picture Book , Fantasy
- Age Range: 4-8 years old
- Themes: friendship, understanding each other
- Source: Purchased copy
Dragons have been present in stories from all over the world for thousands of years. But what happens when these mythical beasts from different locales finally meet? East Dragon, West Dragon is a charming and adventurous story about two dragons from different parts of the world meeting for the first time. East Dragon is modeled after the dragons of China and Japan, with a long body and a warm home in the palace with the Emperor. West Dragon on the other hand, is a winged green dragon who constantly has his days interrupted by knights and kings. East Dragon and West Dragon have never met, but they are very sure they would not like each other (and they truthfully are a little afraid of each other).
When circumstances force the dragons to help each other out, they begin to realize that while they are different, they actually have lots in common. And the dragons are not the only ones who become a little wiser in this meaningful tale. The knights and the king come to realize that dragons are not exactly as they imagined. In the end, this comical tale has a heart warming message and promotes children to see past the outside and not judge people before they get to know them.
This book is wonderfully written and is a joy to read aloud. Eversole has crafted a comical story which addresses a difficult subject: stereotypes and our fear of the unknown. The vocabulary is varied and it makes a great read-aloud, but children might have trouble reading it on their own. This is a great story for starting conversations about meeting new people, making judgements about people, and why we might be scared when we meet new people. This book allows for a non-judgmental way to start what can sometimes be a difficult conversation, but one that should happen in every home.
Campbell’s illustrations are comic-like water colours filled with detail. The backgrounds of each scene are filled with detail, creating a very robust setting for this story. Children could spend hours just looking at the pictures alone, searching for the hidden gems of story in each illustration. Each illustration is a charming piece of art and adds to the themes of the story.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to families, especially those with anxious children. Meeting new people is scary, especially when you’re little. But this story helps to reinforce and the world is not as scary as it seems, and we all have more in common than we think.