Once Tashi Met a Dragon
Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble
Allen & Unwin, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
omething is very wrong in Tashi's village. Once a year the dragon on the nearby mountain sends rain to soak the ground which will help the rice grow. This year there has been no rain and now it is so dry the forests are exploding in flame and the earth is bone dry.
ashi knows something must be done. So after he meets a friendly white tiger who points the way to the dragon's lair, the little boy sets out to discover why there's been no rain.
ou'll be surprised by what Tashi discovers when he reaches the mountain top, but it's quite a story. A demon has upset the dragon family and they'll need Tashi's assistance to correct the situation. Of course, once all is well the rains will again fall and the little boy's village will be saved.
s dragon stories go, not only does this one have a few interesting wrinkles (I'll let you discover what they are) but the corresponding art work is also excellent without making the dragons appear to be too scary.
hildren in the four or five year old range will like this longer tale that nicely bridges the gap between simple picture books and the chapter books that older children transition to eventually. This is part of a series, so if you wish to follow Tashi's further adventures, it is possible.
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