The Little Blue Dragon by Colleen McCarthy-Evans

The Little Blue Dragon

Colleen McCarthy-Evans, Author and Illustrator

Seven Seas Press, Fiction, Nov. 5, 2018

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Hurricane, Separation, Loss, Childhood trauma, Courage, Friendship

Opening: In a land not so far away / and not too long ago, / a powerful hurricane / with winds swirling in all directions / separated the Little Blue Dragon / from her mother.

Synopsis: The Little Blue Dragon becomes separated from her mother after a hurricane. When things settle down, she realizes she’s alone in an unfamiliar place. The Little Blue Dragon embarks upon a journey to search for her mother. She flies to south, east, west and north where she meets a variety of friends who guide and loan her a cave to sleep in — monkeys, ducks, dogs, bats, polar bears and a chameleon.

Why I like this book:

This is a lovely book that addresses trauma, separation and loss in a comforting manner. Sometimes scary things happen to children and they don’t know how to cope with the situation. That is when a book like The Little Blue Dragon can be useful in helping children express their feelings and fear.

Colleen McCarthy-Evans’ colorful illustrations take readers on a visual journey through the dragon’s loss and despair to her making a new friend in a chameleon, who is separated from her little ones in a flood. Together they search for their families and find healing along the way. Friendship and courage allows them both to move forward. I like that the story is open-ended and allows children to make up their own ending.

I want to give a little more detail about the unique artwork, which beautifully compliments the story. McCarthy-Evans’ multi-media illustrations are a specialized photographic treatment of dioramas with animals she hand-paints from stones collected from the Pacific Coast of California.

Resources: There is a discussion guide at the end of the book with six great questions that help children and parents take a deeper look into the story. The discussion encourages children to share their feelings and explore how they handle difficult times. This book is also a good resource for teachers and counselors. There also is a list of activities that accompany the story. Children are encouraged to collect rocks and paint them to recreate the animals from the story.

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*A review copy was provided by the author.

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22 thoughts on “The Little Blue Dragon by Colleen McCarthy-Evans

  1. This isn’t an easy topic to cover in a picture book, but it is a topic of interest to many children as well as their parents and teachers who are helping them overcome their fears. The hand-painted stones the illustrator incorporated into the pictures has me intrigued. I hope my library has a copy of this book or can bring one in. Many, many thanks for letting us know about this book.

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  2. I love how even dragons may need to address life situations where they have fears they need to overcome. Speaks to how no one is immune from misfortune and the associated fears, and that it’s important to figure out how to deal with them. Thanks for this rec, Pat!

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  3. Living in Wales, you had me hooked at ‘dragon’, although ours are red, not blue! A tricky theme to write about, my heart goes out to any child that has to face such fears. The illustrations look clever and intriguing.

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    • Hello Theresa in Whales! Thank you for your interesting and thoughtful comments. I didn’t know Welsh dragons are red! What a fine story that would make, perhaps a sequel! And yes, it seems today’s children are facing an unprecedented level of fear…hoping this story will bring calm, courage and hope to those who need it.

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