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review 2017-09-06 19:58
Who Feels Mad, Dear Dragon? by Margaret Hillert, Jack Pullan (Artwork)


This is a picture book meant for young children who are starting to learn how to read, or it is simple enough to be read to toddlers. The pictures are bright and vibrant. It is about a little boy who seems to be in a bad mood over every little thing, throwing tantrums, but his parents always respond to him in a calm manner, instead of yelling and punishing. I think this is good because if they just yelled back at him, the child would learn to solve things by yelling, instead of solving things nicely and calmly. By the end, the boy is in a happier mood.

I think this book could be good for children and parents/caregivers.

Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

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review 2017-03-30 19:32
Te Quiero, Querido Dragon / I Love You, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert
Te Quiero, Querido Dragon / I Love You, Dear Dragon (Beginning-To-Read) - Margaret Hillert,Jack Pullan

I have read a couple of the Dear Dragon books by Margaret Hillert to the kids.  These books are exceptional. They do not just tell a story but she adds multiple lessons to the book. The book is written in both English and Spanish on the same page. The pictures are very inviting to little eyes. In this particular book the story is mainly about discovering the color Red, the pages show different red items, like a bird and a fire truck. It also has a safety lesson about the red light and it's' jobs.  Towards the end it also shows things about Valentine's day.  The words are easy for beginning reader's and the younger ones loved looking at all the busy pictures. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-03-28 02:52
Feliz Pascua, Querido Dragon / Happy Easter, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert
Feliz Pascua, Querido Dragon / Happy Easter, Dear Dragon (Dear Dragon Bilingual) - Margaret Hillert,Jack Pullan

This is a great book in so many ways. It as a cute easy and quick to read story. But it also features the story in both English and Spanish on the same page. The pictures are very nicely done throughout the book. The words are easy words for beginning readers. I like that the child can learn to read  the book in the chosen language and then when they have that mastered they can learn it in either English or Spanish.  Also at the end of the book their are teaching tips fr the parents to make this book educational for the child.  Younger children from 2 to 5 will enjoy the story itself but from 5 and up can use this book for learning as well.


The story is about a boy and his pet dragon. In the beginning they are outside enjoying all the newness Spring has to offer from brightly colored flowers to new baby ducks. Then they go inside and decorate Easter eggs, decorate an Easter tree, have a egg hunt, go to church, and enjoy Easter. 


I received this book from the author or publisher on netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2015-05-22 03:01
Perfect for younger kids and older.
Dear Dragon Goes to the Beach (Beginning-To-Read - Dear Dragon) - Pullan Jack,Margaret Hillert

We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I have read Dear Dragon books before to K and K has also read them to me. They make wonderful beginner reader books as the words are easy to read and there are not a lot of words on each page. With this story we go on a trip to a beach and we get to see what the beach looks like and how is is a good thing to clean it up when it becomes messy. This is very good for children in kindergarten to start reading and I think not only will younger children like it because of the colorful pictures but older children will as well because they can read this to themselves. I read it to both K and A and they both loved it and have asked me to buy the book. 

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review 2012-09-06 00:00
Come Play With Me - Margaret Hillert,K.Y. Craft That rating is an averaging of 4 stars for Craft's illustrations, which are pretty and interesting, although not as good (or as timeless -- so many lime green slacks!) as her later work, and 2 stars for Hillert's weird and pointless craptacular poetry. The only redeeming virtue of the text is that it employs a very limited vocabulary and thus is easily comprehensible by beginning readers. BUT, I remember thinking the poems were stupid and boring even when I was a tiny child.

Up and down.
Up and down.
A ball can go up.
A ball can come down

That is the entirety of the poem "A Ball." Most of the poems are this short, and this pointless. Give me Mother Goose or A Child's Garden of Verses over this pablum any day.

The edition I'm using for this review is from the library and is not the one I had as a child nor does it seem to exactly match any of the edition entries on goodreads. It is ISBN 0-8136-5536-6 and was published in 1975 by Modern Curriculum Press. For having been in circulation almost 30 years it is in excellent shape.
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