Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Danny the Dragon "Meets Jimmy" by Tina Turbin

DDanny the Dragon Meets JimmyTake the children in your life on a magical journey where friends are made in unexpected ways.

Danny the Dragon "Meets Jimmy” by Tina Turbin is the perfect vehicle for whisking children into a story and feeling part of all that is inside. Whimsical and colorful illustrations paired with great writing make this book a  must- have on any parent, grandparent or classroom bookshelf.
We are introduced to Jimmy’s family enjoying a fun day at the beach when a discovery of a special shell with unlikely inhabitants leads them all into an adventure of special friendships.


Children are taught through Danny the Dragon and his sidekick Skipper, that friendships can be forged with those different than us. A bonus is that Danny is the most well-mannered dragon I’ve met in my readings! 

    I 'm an elementary school substitute teacher who recently had an opportunity to share this book with a classroom of enthusiastic Second Graders. Their verdict? All thumbs up!

Instead of reading the book, I played the "Danny the Dragon DREAMS" 
 CD which allowed me to roam the classroom showing the students the illustrations while they enjoyed the sound effects. Following the story, there is a selection of soothing instrumental songs. They begged me to play it again, and I obliged. We had a discussion about their favorite part of the story afterwards and their insights were keen:
• Pleasantly surprised that parents would be accepting of Jimmy’s unusual friends.
• Amazement that Danny and Skipper live in a sea shell.
•Curious  of what else is in that shell?  I told them let imagination be their guide!
• In awe of how Danny and Skipper fit in the shell.


The accompanying DVD enhances the book experience. Viewers are treated to vivid illustrations and the voiceover spoke in a clear tone at just the right pace. A big bonus is the words are “spoken” for the deaf via a sign language interpreter. This is a spectacular feature for hearing and deaf viewers, alike.


"Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy" book, "Danny the Dragon DREAMS"  CD and "Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy DVD are a permanent part of my substitute teaching tote bag, and I eagerly anticipate sharing Tina Turbin’s brilliant work with many more children. The key to knowing if a book is a success, is did the author leave the reader wanting more?   Congratulations, Tina, the children I read your book to want to know where Danny and Skipper are going to next!


Ms. Turbin is generously giving Chapter Two readers a chance to win their own autographed copy of Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy”.


Entry Instructions: Please leave a comment with your contact email , about a special friendship in your life for one entry. A second entry for becoming a Follower. A third entry will be given for tweeting about this giveaway. Three entries (comment/Follower/tweet) per household. Giveaway ends Wednesday, March 10 at 11:59 PST. The winner will be determined by random draw and notified by email. To learn more about Danny the Dragon and Tina Turbin’s journey as a mother, writer, researcher and humanitarian, visit http://dannythedragon.com/,   http://tinaturbin.com/ and http://glutenfreehelp.info/
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My pairing recommendations for this children's book is fun and frothy Flava Puff Cotton Candy and a tingle for tastebuds Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cherry Juice












30 comments:

  1. I always enjoy a good children's book...

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  2. bubbaadams5@aol.com

    I always love to read to our grandson every chance I get. We have such little time together I record books for him and ring a bell when its time for his parents to turn the page.

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  3. Thanks for comments! Please remember to enter you must comment about a special friendship in your life for one valid entry. Second entry for becoming a Follower, and a third for tweeting!

    Good Luck, dear readers!

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  4. I have the most amazing friend. we became friends last year when my mom was ill and she was a better friend to me than all my long time friends. she was truly a gift from god as I lost my mom last October

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  5. I know my daughters would love this book. I have made an awesome friend since I moved out of my home state a year ago. We have so much in common which is great since I was so scared about the move.

    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. My sister is my closest friend. You just can't beat someone who has gone through the exact same experience you have.

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  7. I became friends with Shelley when our children were just 6 months old. It has now been 8 years since we have been friends. 4 years ago she found out her son has leukemia and then not 6 months later her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. I have been there through all of it and sadly the death of her husband in Jan. 10. Shelley is my very special friend and now more then ever she needs my friendship.

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  8. I met my bestfriend 26 years ago in junior high. We don't live near each other anymore, but we email and call each other often. I love being able to talk to her about everything.

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  10. My best friend is my adult son. We went through hell when he was growing up but we survived and grew closer.


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  11. I have several special friendships, but I think my mom is definitely the first best friend I ever had. We always do a lot together :-)

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  12. My husband deployed to Iraq in 2003. We lived in Germany. It was a hard adjustment and I worried constantly. One of the ladies in the unit had the wives over almost every Friday night for "Buddy Night". From that group of ladies I became very close with a group and we called ourselves the "Gina's". I've never had a stronger bond than with these ladies.

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  13. I'm a follower.

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  14. I had a special friendship with my maternal Grandmother!

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  15. My best friend is my sister-:)

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  16. follow your blog as jelaws5

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  17. I have a very special friendship (besides those with family members).... Met her back in grade school and we are still best friends today... What makes her so special is the fact that she shouldn't be alive today. She has a medical condition that the doctors said would kill her before we graduated high school. Well, now at 34 she is still alive and a wonderful friend. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. I had a very special friendship with my grandpa he passed on thursday I named my son after him and would enjoy reading the book to him eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  19. My 2 sisters and I have a wonderful friendship. Growing up we were far enough apart in ages that we didn't really get closer until the youngest was in her mid 20's and I was in my 40's. Now the 3 of us are constantly emailing and calling even though we all live in different states.

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  20. Chapter Two follower via Google

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  21. My friend Amy and I tell each other everything, she is one of the few people who knows the things I won't admit to most people!

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  22. I met my best friend when our oldest kids were in headstart together. That was over 10 years ago. We talk on the phone everyday, and see each other at least once a week. I know that I can call her for most anything (and probably have) and that she will be there for me.

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  23. My best friend and I have been friends since 11th grade! We have had so many adventures! We take a special trip once a year and our third one is coming up very soon!
    heatherstamper09@aol.com

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  24. I follow!
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  25. I have a really special friendship with both of my sisters.. we are close in different ways but it is a friendship that cannot be replaced by anyone else

    dispatcher_kristy@hotmail.com

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  26. I'm a follower

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  27. My fiance and I are the best of friends.

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  28. My friend Jennifer is my closest dearest friend we would do anything for each oter and sometimes wit out even asking. It is amazing.

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