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Book Review/Giveaway: Ember the Dragon and the Birthday Surprise. Ends July 24th

Ember the Dragon and the Birthday Surprise by Author Kay Lynne Virgin

About the Book: Just how much trouble can a little dragon cause?
Join Ember the Dragon as he receives a surprise birthday visit from his three grandchildren Amber, Char, and Soot in this delightful tale of learning, love, and humor.  Little Soot is very small and just learning his new dragon skills.  In his first traveling excursion, things don’t go exactly as planned and problems arise as his new skills are put to the test and finds catastrophe waiting instead.

My Review: In the far away land of Forever After, lived a Dragon named Ember. It’s his birthday and he wasn’t sure how many birthdays he has celebrated. Was it 120…175…200? But he wasn’t worried because dragons live very long lives. As he sat outside his cave looking out to the field he wonder how it would be like to be tiny as he watch a hummingbird, for he wasn’t born small.

As he sat thinking his grandchildren were flying in to see him. Ember was overjoyed to see his grandchildren Amber, Char and Soot. Nothing was better than spending time with his grandchildren, for him it was a perfect present for his birthday.

Amber and Char flew in and landed perfectly hugging their grandfather as they waited for Soot who struggles with landing. As he flew in his landing was out of control and soon he came crashing to the ground and made a giant hole. Soot felt hopeless as a dragon and question why he’s so uncoordinated. Will he ever be able to do anything right?

Ember sat his grandchildren down and told them how as a young dragon he didn’t always do things right the first time. He told them how it took him a lot of tries before anything worked out correctly. Soot was encouraged by Ember’s story.

We know that persistence and practice always pays off. A very encouraging story for children and I highly recommend this book.

Ages: 8 and up

Pges: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

Giveaway (US ONLY)

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Giveaway Ends July 24th 

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Winners are #9 – Carol L and #12 – Melanie


June 30, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways


  1. The cover of this book is really cute. I’m certain my grandson will love it, just as he will love the story. While he’s enjoying it, he’ll be learning an important lesson. Like Soot, he may not do everything right the first time, but he needs to keep practicing and things will work out. I love books that teach kids a lesson without them knowing they are being taught!

    Comment by Patsy Hagen | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  2. My boys would love this book. My older boy would get something out of it in the fact the dragon tells its grandchild it is all right to notbe perfect the first time and to keep trying. My younger son just loves dragons and would love the story.

    Comment by Julie Rupert | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  3. I also think that the themes of practice and persistence are extremely important for children today. It seems that so many either give up on something if they don’t do it perfectly the first time or they refuse to do it at all. This reminds me of the little engine that could! Keep trying and you will get it eventually. Plus, in this book the three young dragons help their grandfather dragon. This is a way to honor the elders of a family, another element that seems to be lacking in society today. Sounds like a wonderful book!

    Comment by Mary Ann Woods | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  4. This is a book for grandchildren and grandparents to read together. I believe all children love dragon stories. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    Comment by Leona Olson | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  5. What a neat story; my son loves dragons and I believe this story would be an amazing story to share with him. Cute dragons and good learning lessons = great!

    Comment by lisa | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  6. The story has a really neat storyline. I find it super cute and the lesson too practice really does pay off in the end.

    Comment by Larissa brunken | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  7. Ooooh…dragons! We’re big dragon fans here (Puff being the early introduction, and it stuck). This book sounds like fun.

    Comment by domestic diva | July 1, 2012 | Reply

  8. My son loves reading about dragons. I would so love to read this with him!

    Comment by Melissa Bourn (@MelCamino5) | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  9. I know my grandson’s will love this book. And the lesson that none of us are perfect and we shouldn’t give up but keep trying is a valuable one. I’d love to see the illustrations as well. Love the cover.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  10. Very awesome. My son is turning 9 soon, and he would love this… I read the authors review, wonderful illustrations, helps to learn this is great ty

    Comment by Melissa K Sparks | July 3, 2012 | Reply

  11. Cute cover.

    Comment by Ann | July 4, 2012 | Reply

  12. This looks like it would be great for a beginner reader with only 32 pages, but exciting enough to keep their attention.
    melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by MElanie Schemanski | July 4, 2012 | Reply

  13. I agree with Ember – nothing is better than spending time with grandchildren!
    I think this is a story they would all enjoy as a bedtime story because they each feel, from time to time, that they aren’t ‘good enough’ at something & can use some encouragement & guidance from us ‘old dragons’.
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by tmy56 | July 7, 2012 | Reply

  14. Ember sounds very nice and caring. It’s reassuring to know that no one is perfect and that practice pays off.

    Comment by likwan | July 24, 2012 | Reply

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