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Mar 19 2010

The Land of Dragonay by Sally Morgan, Ambelin, Blaze Ezekiel Kwaymullina

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Stop Watch: Book 3. Walker Books, 2010. ISBN: 9781921529337.
Tom's mission is to visit The Land of Dragonay where he must deliver a special egg before the hatching of the baby dragon it holds. He is again accompanied by Bilby, the Bridalon, and Mother Bird. On their arrival, they meet Silon, the snake, who is not quite ready to be the warrior snake he is destined to become. When he pairs up with Tom and Bilby, Silon is able to interpret what the baby dragon is saying. He begins to develop the skills and attributes necessary for him to take on his new role and establish himself as being a worthy son of  The Great Warrior Leader of Dragonay.
This is a great read for younger readers keen to begin with the fantasy genre and there are some interesting messages included. Mother Bird has the happy knack of accepting and adopting creatures from other species. Whilst she names Bilby, Furry Son, the dragon Scaly Son, and Tom Baldy Son, Bilby refers to the egg's contents as 'little brother'. Acceptance, friendship and support are strong themes throughout these tales and the adventures are brief and self contained in each title. This proved to be another thoroughly enjoyable read.
Jo Schenkel, Pilgrim School

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