The Dragons Are Singing Tonight is a picture book from the notable children’s poet, Jack Prelutsky, with illustration by Peter Sis. It was published in 1993 by Greenwillow and is part of a set by the same author featuring other fantastic creatures such as ogres.
Each of the 17 short poems stands alone, yet connected by the general theme of dragons. There’s a good balance between short and snarky poems with longer, meditative ones. Although the focus is mostly on children wishing they could have dragons for pets, something longtime readers will know irritates me, Prelutsky does find time for the dragon’s perspective. Here’s the third of the volume:
If You Don’t Believe In Dragons, by Jack Prelutsky
If you don’t believe in dragons
It is curiously true
That the dragons you disparage
Choose not to believe in you.
My personal favorite is “I Am My Master’s Dragon,” a poignant statement of the…
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