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A number of dragons

1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, ©1985.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Introduces the numbers one through ten as a group of young dragons play together and alone.


Call Number

On Order



Introduces the numbers one through ten as a group of young dragons play together and alone.

Author Notes

Loren Leedy is a children's author and illustrator. She was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1959, and majored in art in college. She began making clay jewelry and chess sets out of whimsical animals, and eventually turned them into book characters. Her first published work was A Number of Dragons, in 1985. She has written and illustrated nearly 40 books since then. Her titles include: Missing Math: a Number Mystery, My Teacher is a Dinosaur, Seeing Symmetry, The Shocking Truth about Energy, Crazy Like a Fox: a Simile Story, Fraction Action, Blast off to Earth, and Postcards from Pluto.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

Ten little dragons in a cave. They're boisterous critters: they squabble, they jostle, they bite each other, they wreak general havoc, until their mother, with a fiery and ferocious roar, orders them out to play. And the high jinks begin. Progressively fewer dragons take part in the antics, as each activity leaves one behind: ""Seven little dragons dangle in trees, six little dragons tease some bees. Five little dragons run from a toad, four little dragons dance on a road."" The verse is simple, the effect charming. By the time ""one little dragon is all alone,"" it's getting dark--and the underbrush sprouts pairs of spooky, menacing eyes that belong to unseen creatures of the night. Time to get home! The dragon meets up with his brothers and sisters one by one, as they retrace their adventures (this time, a bit faster). And soon the ""ten little dragons are home once more, ten little dragons begin to snore,"" under Ma Dragon's watchful eye. Leedy's brightly colored creatures (they are blue and pink, with green eyes and purple wings) add to the book's rowdy exuberance. This introduction to numbers accomplishes what any good counting book should: it makes counting fun. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. This counting book features plump, playful blue dragons. In a countdown the dragons hang in trees, tease the bees, then one by one disappear. When evening comes, readers count one to ten as the dragons return, racing the bees. Also by the author: The Dragon ABC Hunt and The Dragon Halloween Party.