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Children's Nonfiction Safety

No Dragons for Tea

Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

by (author) Jean E. Pendziwol

illustrated by Martine Gourbault

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 1999
Safety, Fantasy & Magic
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 1999
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 1999
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2013
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While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl has the surprise of her life --- she meets a real, live, fire-breathing dragon! Now this dragon is nothing to be afraid of --- in fact, he's so friendly that she invites him home for tea. But their afternoon snack is suddenly interrupted when the dragon sneezes and sets the table ablaze. Luckily, the girl knows just what to do, and she teaches her new friend to be fire smart, too.

With its funny, rhyming verse and spunky illustrations, Dragons for Tea shows kids that learning about fire safety doesn't have to be scary. The story ends with “The Dragon's Fire Safety Rhyme” --- a fun and easy way to remember what to do in case of fire.

About the authors

Jean E. Pendziwol has published several highly acclaimed picture books, including Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Marja’s Skis, illustrated by Jirina Marton, and The Red Sash and Dawn Watch, illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, will be published in 2017 in more than ten languages. Jean finds inspiration in the rich history, culture and geography of Northwestern Ontario where she lives in the shadow of the Nor’Wester Mountains near Lake Superior.

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Martine Gourbault is a painter and illustrator. She has illustrated a number of picture books including, I Went to the Bay, Mr.McGratt and the Ornery Cat and the Dragon Safety series. She resides in Vancouver, Canada.

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  • Short-listed, Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media
  • Winner, Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, International Reading Association, Teachers' Choices
  • Winner, Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council®

Editorial Reviews

A unique way to introduce a very important subject.—School Library Journal

A girl finds herself in the middle of a fire when her new friend (who happens to be a dragon) sneezes ... The girl is obviously well schooled inn fire safety, knows just what to do. The dragon, however makes some mistakes. He hides under the rug, then once he gets outside, he wants to go back for his stuffed bear. The girl sets him straight. “Don't ever go back --- that just will not do. We can get a new bear, but we can't replace you.” Humourous colored pencil illustrations accompany the lively rhyming text, which ends with a catchy fire safety poem that kids can easily memorize to help them remember basic fire - safety rules. An entertaining way to teach or reinforce fire safety concepts, this will come in handy during fire-awareness wee.—Booklist

A low-key but effective approach to the serious topic of fire safety ... An attractive, useful volume.—Kirkus Reviews

This clever rhyming story is effective in conveying the rules of fire safety to children. Colorful illustrations clearly depict correct responses to an emergency situation. At the back of the book is an easy-to-learn safety rhyme and a fire safety checklist for parents and teachers to discuss with their children. This excellent book should be in every home and school library. Highly recommended.—Canadian Book Review Annual

(This book) has just the right combination of fact, fun and fantasy to help your little one understand what to do in a fire emergency ... This story is perfect for role-playing. your children will enjoy acting out every scene from the tea-party to the firefighters' actions. This kind of play may some day save your children's lives.—The London Free Press

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