Ellie’s Dragon – Shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of The Year: Early Childhood.
The publishers say…
No friendship is imaginary.
When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From that day on, Ellie and Scratch do everything together. Ellie’s mum and her teacher can’t see her fiery friend, but all her friends can – and, over the years, Ellie’s dragon grows to be big, house-trained, and very affectionate. And Ellie is growing, too… A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia’s most revered bookmakers.
This story provides excellent opportunities to discuss…. Growing up, imagination, feelings, friendship and family.
- Who do you think the audience for this book is? Why?
- What does it mean to be a friend?
- What makes a good friend?
- Why do you think Ellie and the other children can see Scratch and the adults cannot?
- How can you make a new friend?
- Scratch starts to fade for Ellie as she grows up. Why do you think this happens?
- Ellie didn’t really have a chance to say goodbye to Scratch. Have student’s write a goodbye letter to Scratch.
- Create a dragon dinner plate!
- Students imagine their own dragon. Draw and name the dragon and describe their character traits.