The Peace Dragon by Linda Ragsdale is an incredibly cute and beautifully illustrated story about a young boy who befriends a dragon and brings her home to his village. In a world where everyone already has their own personal beliefs about what a dragon is and how it acts, this short children’s story introduces the concept of judging someone based on pre-formed ideas and misconceptions about who a specific creature (or person) is just by knowing the stereotypes.
It’s a very cute way of bringing about the discussion of judgement before true knowledge, of believing one knows everything about a person simply based on the stereotypical understanding of their nature. The illustrations are gorgeous and the characters wonderful, especially when in making assumptions, it seems that people become the very thing they were projecting onto another.
I think this is a very impressive story and one with the most wonderful of drawings, especially of the dragon with the hearts all over her. It does a fantastic job of teaching a really important lesson to children and opens up the opportunity for a lot of really great conversations with parents who might not know how to bring up the topic. I would definitely recommend this book to parents.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.