A spellbinding picture book about the anxiety and excitement of a new experience, represented by a castle full of dragons that aren't quite what they appear.
As a young girl cautiously approaches a castle full of soaring, roaring dragons, she worries about their wildness and their terribly sharp teeth. And indeed, the dragons are hungry and noisy, and they seem to be hovering closer and closer . . . until the girl notices that some of the beasts are wearing mismatched socks. And some are playing tambourines. And some prefer to color quietly in the corner. Could there be more to these dragons than the girl first realized?
In this remarkable debut, every page turn reveals another dragon meticulously transformed into a friend, each child working through his or her own overwhelming first day of school. Inspired by the author's daughter, The Truth About Dragons encourages young readers to see beyond their fears to the often surprising truths underneath . . . and to find their inner dragons.
About the Author
Jaime Zollars is inspired by fairy tales and Flemish painters, nonfiction, forgotten paper, found textures, and flea market photographs. Her art has been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, among others. The Truth About Dragons is her debut book for children. Jaime lives in Thousand Oaks, California, and she invites you to visit her online at JaimeZollars.com.
"Lushly illustrated.... Beautiful." —SLJ
"A beautifully rendered, comforting, gentle lesson in overcoming fears."—Kirkus Reviews