Book Review: Isadorn the Unicorn and the Sloppy Dragon
What’s a frustrated unicorn to do? Dunfer the Dragon has just moved into the cave next door, and Isadorn’s perfect world has been turned upside down.
Not only does he make growling noises all day and night, he’s just burned down her favorite rosebush! Can Isadorn figure out how to talk to Dunfer about her problems? Or will her magical unicorn world be ruined forever?
As a parent, we witness our children encounter problems throughout their lifetime. Sometimes the problem is as tiny as a toddler not knowing how to put the puzzle pieces in the right spots and getting frustrated, and sometimes they are bigger problems such as not knowing how to express their feelings to their friends when they just said something mean to them.
When my kids come to me with problems, my mom heart immediately wants to jump out to help them. I want to solve their problems for them, because what mom wants to see their child unhappy. But deep down inside, I know I can’t and shouldn’t solve their problems for them. I know deep down inside that always solving my kid’s problems, really won’t be helping them at all. By allowing our kids the opportunities to problem solve themselves when an issue of appropriate difficulty arises, it will help them develop crucial problem-solving skills, a skill that will serve them for a lifetime. So, what are some ways to help your child learn problem-solving skills? With books, of course.
Reading children’s picture books with your child that encourages problem-solving is a great way to provide children an exceptional opportunity to have shared references to help you as a team through a learning moment when it arises. A great children’s book that helps children learn about sharing feelings and problem-solving is Isadorn the Unicorn and the Sloppy Dragon by Angela Castillo.
Isadorn the Unicorn and the Sloppy Dragon is about a Unicorn named Isadorn who lives in her magical waterfall grotto very happily until one day, a messy dragon named Dunfer moves into the cave next door. Isadorn does not know what to do because even though she knows she must gather up the courage to tell Dunfer how she feels, she is afraid to hurt his feelings.
This story teaches children social problem solving, the role of teamwork in overcoming obstacles, and how to find your voice. This book also includes tips at the very end to help children learn about healthy boundaries and conflict resolution, including “I” statements suggested by leading child therapists.
I love that this book shows how Isadorn, the Unicorn is determined to face her problem and figure out a solution. This book is an excellent example of how to empower your kids to solve problems in their own lives independently. This book can also help your children build critical thinking, interpersonal, and independent skills, all things they will use in real-life situations.
This book is an excellent addition to our bookshelf, and I highly recommend it for all children who ever felt that they needed help finding their voice. Also, don’t forget to check out my book review on Little Narwhal’s Day by Angela Castillo HERE.
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About the Author, Angela Castillo
“Angela has been writing stories since she created her first book with a green crayon at the age of eight. She’s lived all over Central Texas, but mostly hovered in and around the small town of Bastrop Texas, which she loves with unnatural fierceness and features in many of her books. Angela has four wild children, a husband who studies astrophysics for fun, and a cat.”
Rapid Fire with Angela Castillo
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Angela: When I was eight years old, I wrote my first several-page story in green crayon. I never stopped after that.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
Angela: When I received the proofs in the mail for Little Narwhal’s Day, two of my children got teary-eyed and said, “Mom, we’re so proud of you!” Best moment as an author, ever.
Q. What advice do you have for writers?
Angela: Figure out what you want and go for it. If your goal is to share your art, then do so. If you want to support your family, you need to really study the craft of marketing as well as writing. Figuring out your intention is the first step.
Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like?
Angela: Somewhere outside, maybe under a tree on a spring day with birds singing in the background.
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Angela: I love taking my kids to explore local parks. We are blessed to have several really nice ones close by. I also enjoy hitting up thrift stores. And reading, of course.
Q. What types of books do you write?
Angela: All kinds! I have Christian historical fiction, Christian contemporary, books for middle-grade kids, and a series for busy moms who want to write books. Little Narwhal’s Day is my first picture book.
Q. Tell us about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Angela: I hope to have more picture books under my belt since I really love writing and producing them. Having a wonderful artist bring my words to life is a fantastic thing. I also plan to start doing author days at local schools, hoping to inspire kids to write their own books.
Q. What do you love most about being an author?
Angela: I love creating whatever world I want and presenting it to other people to enjoy. Especially kids, because if they tell you they like something you know it’s true. Kids are brutally honest!
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
*This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Angela Castillo in exchange for an honest review.