Sheath your swords gallant knights and fear not fair maidens for the noble Farloft means no harm. But if ye be a mighty wizard with a wayward, evil heart–well, that is another story entirely.
Today, my focus is on the children’s book, James & the Dragon. So settle in as I introduce you to an unlikely storyteller— a gentle, green dragon with a big heart.
Do you love dragons? You will find Farloft irresistible. James & the Dragon is book #1 of the exciting saga of Farloft the Dragon and his friends. What would you do if you were adopted by a dragon? When ten-year-old orphan James nearly drowns in a bog, he finds himself rescued by Farloft, a centuries old dragon with a glittering collection of treasures and an even richer collection of stories. But, dragons and boys are not meant to live together – or are they? When Laval – a wizard harboring a secret hatred for Farloft finds out about James, he sees his chance for revenge. [Source: Amazon.com]
How it Begins:
As the story unfolds we are introduced to the three main characters: Farloft the Dragon, the wizard Laval, and an orphaned boy named James. They all live within a kingdom beseiged by the plague, and although they hail from different areas, their lives soon become intertwined by fate.
Below is by far my favorite quote in the book. It shows children that we all make mistakes, but we can recover from them. Moreover, we can learn from them and become better human beings.
“The best lesson learned is one learned from your own mistakes. Believe me. A thief cannot be trusted and trust is the one thing we all crave. Remember this time, but do not dwell on the negative. Instead, remember what you have learned of honesty, trust and loyalty these last few days and you will grow into a fine man worthy to someday carry the dagger of King Ludlow.”
What I Enjoyed About This Book
This book contains subtle messages within an adventurous story.
Farloft. Who doesn’t love a storytelling dragon? Dragons are such regal creatures that stir the imagination. It’s no wonder that young James is in awe of the gentle, fire-breathing giant.
The book affirms that family comes in all forms–whether human or not. Family need only be born of love, not blood.
Children will find the ending both surprising and delightful.
James & the Dragon is the first book in the Farloft Chronicles and will be enjoyed by both children young and old. My recommendation is for children in grades 2-6 reading on their own. Younger children will enjoy this book with a teacher, parent or guardian as a read-aloud. The author, Theresa Snyder, offers the first book in the series free on Kindle. Download it and see if it piques your child’s interest. Subsequent Kindle books are reasonably priced at $2.99. This is a good starter series for children who crave fantasy adventure. Add this collection to your child’s library today.
Connect with Theresa Snyder
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I have always loved mystical beasts. There is a reason dragons hold the imaginations of children—they possess such secrets and knowledge that we as mere mortals can only hope to glimpse in our short lifespans. Wouldn’t you like to have a dragon as a friend? To learn of history’s mysteries? Give this gift to a child and let their imaginations soar. Just make sure they don’t make the dragon giggle too hard….we wouldn’t want them to get accidentally singed!