Georgina and Dad the Dragon
Little Steps Publishing, 2015
pbk., 32pp., RRP $A16.95
Every day Georgina has to fight battles armed with just her trusty sword and shield. She is the greatest knight and is much loved by the Queen and King. Others who also want to be knights are inspired by her successful battles against Dad the Bear, Dad the Wolf and even Dad The Wicked Witch. But her most dangerous battle is yet to come – for Dad the Dragon lived on the highest mountain and every day he flew down into the village to gobble chickens and burp fireballs. But has Georgina met her match this time? When she jumps on the dragon’s back he wakes up and rolls over and grabs her, opening his fearful jaws to breathe fire. Will she find somewhere to hide before he gets her?
This is a delightful story about the special relationship that daughters have with their dads and in an era where it seems princesses rule, it’s wonderful to learn that they can be knights too. Giving little girls the message of girl power from an early age is so important – there are many more knights hiding under those princess dresses! Apart from the sheer magic of a journey into the imagination, it also has a strong message about pulling our brave on and facing our fears. Even though this story has wicked witches and dragons, the illustrations are whimsical and in a soft palette so they are not scary and nightmare-making.
Even if you don’t have little people visiting your library, this is one that is worth recommending to parents, your preschool and day-care families as you reach out beyond the library’s walls. It is charming.