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Two dragon brothers, Alex and Hector, learn an important lesson about tolerance when they go searching for a sunken treasure together.
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- Told awkwardly in verse, this story is obviously meant to teach the value of self-esteem, brotherly love, and sharing. Unfortunately, it misses its mark. Hector is the younger of two dragons. Sporting a purple tail, he is ``taller than a house but . . . timid as a mouse.'' He allows his older brother, Ajax, to set all the rules and give all the orders. When he proposes a more equitable arrangement, Ajax explains that, because his tail is gold he is superior and deserves the service. `` `I'm simply better than you are.' '' he says. Sadly, Hector leaves. After a while they realize how much they miss one another, and work things out. The story does not reveal how Hector regains his self-esteem after all those years with his arrogant, loutish brother. The rhyme scheme is of the greeting-card variety. Heavily laden with a well-meaning message, the tale is also marred by the garish and roughly drawn illustrations that do not enhance the self-conscious text. Perhaps this title serves some specific bibliotherapeutic purpose, but it will not benefit general audiences. --Cyrisse Jaffee, Newton Public Schools, MA
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Book Description Dot Garnet Pub, 1992. Condition: New. Debra Purchiaroni Jerome (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0962562033