Dear Komodo Dragon

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Dear Komodo Dragon
Lots of children have pen pals but one little girl has a real-life dragon—a Komodo dragon—for a pen pal! Leslie plans to be a dragon hunter when she grows up. When she and Komodo become pen pals, the wise-cracking dragon adds a generous helping of humor to letters that are chock full of accurate, interesting facts. Leslie learns not only about the world’s largest lizard, but also about the dangers they face. As their friendship builds, will Leslie change the way she thinks about dragons?

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Dear Komodo Dragon is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Nancy Kelly Allen, Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
32 pg, 8.5 X 10, Ages 4-9, Grades K-3, Lexile: 630, F&P: M
Hardcover 9781607184492 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607184607 $9.95  
EBook 9781607184997 $6.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781607184652 $9.95  
Spanish EBook 9781607185185 $6.95  
Keywords:   endangered animals, environmental education, physical adaptations. behavioral adaptations, Indonesia, epistolary
Animals in the book:   komodo dragon
Vetters:   Thanks to Christine Lewis and Kate Davis, Zoo Educators at the Birmingham Zoo, and to Alison F. Manka, School and Aquarium Programs Manager at the Greensboro Science Center, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.


Peppered with childlike humor and told from a kid’s perspective, this book is both enjoyable and informative for budding wildlife conservationists.
- Kirkus Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Nancy Kelly Allen is a retired school librarian who spent her days reading to children and her nights writing for them. Eventually, writing led her down the trail to publication. She has written over forty children's books, including The First Fire: A Cherokee Folktale for Arbordale. Nancy has a master's degree in Education from Morehead State University and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. Nancy lives with her husband and two dogs in a log cabin in Kentucky. Visit her website at

Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly 25 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals to illustrating children’s activity books. In addition to The Ghost of Donley Farm, Laurie has illustrated Fur and Feathers, Where Should Turtle Be?, Little Skink’s Tail, Solar System Forecast, Meet the Planets, If a Dolphin Were a Fish and Balloon Trees for Arbordale. She was the winner of the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association in 2008 and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laurie lives in Florida. See more of her artwork at


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