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The Snow Dragon

Written by Abi Elphinstone

Illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Animals

LoveReading View on The Snow Dragon

A sparkling, snow-filled delight.

November 2019 Book of the Month

Not since The Snowman have readers been taken on such a magical, snowy journey of love and adventure. Phoebe lives in a gloomy orphanage run by the cruel Griselda Bone. The two clash frequently, and often over Phoebe’s creative response to her school work: Griselda does not approve of words like ‘whispery’ and ‘flumping’. Locked up in the snow overnight, Phoebe and her little dog Herb are surprised by a huge and magical snow dragon, who takes them on an extraordinary ride through the skies. Filled with snowflakes, starlight and revelling in the power of the imagination this is a gorgeous story for Christmas nights and Fiona Woodcock’s illustrations are very special indeed.

Andrea Reece

The Snow Dragon Synopsis

You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting... In Griselda Bone's gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog, Herb, is it possible that magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?

Join them on an enchanting adventure in this beautifully moving story by the bestselling author of Sky Song and The Unmapped Chronicles, Abi Elphinstone, and renowned illustrator Fiona Woodcock.

The Snow Dragon Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Beautiful and engaging. A modern fairy tale! Full review

Aidan and Milo Jones (Age 7 and 4)

Not only is 'The Snow Dragon' a heart-warming and beautiful book, it is accompanied with equally gorgeous illustrations that make you linger that bit more whilst reading this story. Full review

Amatullah & Abidah Khatun (Age 9 & 4)

An enchanting tale about love, magic and adventure, destined to become a children's classic. Full review

Fern Tolley (Kid Reviewer)

A beautiful children's picture book, perfect for a Christmas bedtime story. Full review

Charlotte Walker

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471172472
Publication date: 31st October 2019
Author: Abi Elphinstone
Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Animals

About Abi Elphinstone

A World Book Day Author 2019 Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London. She is the author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper and The Night Spinner; a series of fast-paced adventure books for 8-12 year olds which follow Moll, Sid, Alfie and a wildcat, Gryff, as they search for the Amulets of Truth to stop a group ...

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