Luna and the Sky Dragon


Luna’s fascinated by the night skies. What is beyond us? Her interest leads her to calculate and explore. However, her explanations from science as to the phenomena she sees aren’t similar to any of the stories with which she’s grown up.

For example, what about the great Sky Dragon who was ‘banished to the sky after a battle, because of his fiery breath and quick temper‘? It seems that the the villagers see various clouds and movements across the sky, they’re inclined to blame the Sky Dragon. However, Luna explains that they might be ‘bright stars‘ or even ‘thunderstorms’. Then again, what about an eclipse? Its spectacle terrifies the villagers! Thereafter, a wandering star? Luna has to admit that it’s rather similar to a Sky Dragon… 

Bookwagon loves this clever, respectful, exciting picture book from Bethan Woollvin. Not only is this a wonderful cooperation of myths and legends with astronomy, but it’s also a rich introduction to the wonder fo the night sky. We’re reminded anew of how this writer/ illustrator looks at the traditional with fresh eyes, her inspiration always at the fore.

Bookwagon loves and recommends Luna and the Sky Dragon to our readers.

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Luna and the Sky Dragon

Bethan Woollvin

(Pan Macmillan)

It seems that the Ancient Greek astronomer, Aglaonice inspired Bethan Woollvin’s Luna and the Sky Dragon. After all, Luna’s enthusiasm is the same as the astronomer’s. It means that she seeks to explain the various phenomena in the night sky, and is appalled by the superstitions that abound.
For example, Luna’s friends and neighbours believe that dragons flying across the skies are harbingers of doom. Therefore, when they see strips of stars across the night, they’re certain that someone’s upset the spirits, maybe by walking beneath a ladder! Then again, they’re certain that a thunderstorm demonstrates the dragon’s anger! How can Luna’s investigations prove to the villagers that the skies are natural, that her star gazing offers realistic answers? Furthermore, what about their stories and legends? Might the villagers have wonder and mystery to share? In fact, what might happen, should a particular wandering star lead to Luna’s further investigation? Could this be a time to learn from each other?
Bookwagon loves this writer’s picture books, which offer a fresh perspective upon familiar stories and themes Just think of Three Little Vikings! Then again her colours and images are fresh and distinctive. We’re thrilled to welcome Luna and the Sky Dragon aboard.


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