The Dragon’s Egg is a story in which Nick shows his brother and sister a “dragon’s” egg and tells them that if they want to see it hatch, they’ll have to do his chores. When Mum finds out, Nick discovers what it’s like to have a trick played on him.
This text supports the comprehension strategies of setting a purpose for reading, identifying the main ideas, and forming and supporting opinions.
the theme of honesty and fairness
the way Nick tricked his brother and sister and the way Mum solved the problem in a clever way
the complex narrative structure
the dialogue to show the characters’ thoughts, feelings, and actions
the indicators of time – one day, every afternoon, after a few days
the word endings – y, ing, ly
the commas for phrasing
the colourful and lively illustrations
the compound words – shoebox, eyelashes, eyebrows
the hyperbole – it’s not fair!
the exclamation marks for emphasis
the similes for description
the lively vocabulary – fiery, nestled, chomping
the contractions – weren’t, there’s, they’d, it’ll, wouldn’t, it’s, we’d, he’s, won’t, there’s, let’s,
he’ll, I’ll, couldn’t, wasn’t, I’m, egg’s
the possessive apostrophe – Nick’s, Sam’s.
Themes covered in this book are: Family, Pets
Reading Level:19-20 (Purple)