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Book details
  • Genre:JUVENILE FICTION
  • SubGenre:Social Issues / Values & Virtues
  • Language:English
  • Pages:52
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781942100034

Denton the Dragon Is Coming to Town

by Jeff Hutchins

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Overview
Denton is a kind, lovable, naive dragon who lives alone in a cave in the Bubble Mountains. He is the last dragon there, and so he roars at night because his echo lets him pretend other dragons are coming to see him. A seven-year-old girl named Little Rachel has heard people talk about the dragon whose loud roar they hear each evening. No one has ever seen the dragon, so she decides, with her mother's permission and a sweater, to go looking for the dragon. She finds him and learns that he is lonely. She then invites him to live with her in Pingletown. The citizens are terrified when Denton enters the town, but Little Rachel dismisses their fears and leads Denton to her house. They discover he is too big to fit inside, so he lives in her front yard. People come to see the dragon. One little boy named Cobby Barnbuckle asks to play with Denton, but Cobby must first apologize for the things he and the other townspeople had said about Denton before they met him. Once that is settled, the children of Bubbleland begin to play with Denton the Dragon.
Description
Denton is a kind, lovable, naive dragon who lives alone in a cave in the Bubble Mountains. He is the last dragon there, and so he roars at night because his echo lets him pretend other dragons are coming to see him. A seven-year-old girl named Little Rachel has heard people talk about the dragon whose loud roar they hear each evening. No one has ever seen the dragon, so she decides, with her mother's permission and a sweater, to go looking for the dragon. She finds him and learns that he is lonely. She then invites him to live with her in Pingletown. The citizens are terrified when Denton enters the town, but Little Rachel dismisses their fears and leads Denton to her house. They discover he is too big to fit inside, so he lives in her front yard. People come to see the dragon. One little boy named Cobby Barnbuckle asks to play with Denton, but Cobby must first apologize for the things he and the other townspeople had said about Denton before they met him. Once that is settled, the children of Bubbleland begin to play with Denton the Dragon. "Denton the Dragon is Coming to Town" is a simplified retelling of the first Tale in the classic collection called "Denton the Dragon in Tales of Bubbleland - Book One: The Last Dragon," which was published in 2013 by Bubbleland Imagination Company. This basic story of how Little Rachel met Denton and brought him to live in Pingletown is retold in song by Laura Blackley and the Swayback Sisters. Laura's song "Denton and Rachel" is on the CD called "Denton the Dragon Presents Songs of Bubbleland."
About the author
Jeff Hutchins has been honored as one of the Pioneers who helped develop and implement closed captioning, the technology that makes media programs accessible to people with hearing impairments. He helped found and operate VITAC, a great captioning company. He retired from captioning in 2006 and took up writing novels, essays, songs, and children’s stories. Born in New York City in 1948, Jeff grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where his father worked for an oil company (Aramco). He attended high school at the American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon, where he learned the value of words and an appreciation of natural beauty. He has been married to Diane Mahler Hutchins since 1971. They have two extraordinary daughters, Rachel and Nell. Jeff and Diane moved to the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, in 2008.
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