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The Storybook Knight

Last updated Thursday, July 23, 2020

Author: Helen Docherty
Illustrator: Thomas Docherty
Date of Publication: 2016
ISBN: 1492638145
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2018

Synopsis: From School Library Journal: "Leo is a small knight who is fond of adventures - at least the ones found in books. His parents hope that the challenge of fighting a dragon with his new shield and sword will turn him into a brave, dragon-fighting knight. Leo sets off on his quest with a supply of good books, but along the way, he meets foes looking for fights. Thankfully, Leo is quick with a story to calm the angry beasts - even a dangerous dragon likes a good tale... The characters' voices are distinct and beg to be read aloud."

Note to readers:
•  This is a great book to do a picture walk first.
•  Hear and see this book read aloud on YouTube

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Explain what "mythological" (pretend) creatures are. Examples are dragons, trolls, fairies.
•  Mythology is a collection of traditional stories that express the beliefs or values of a group of people. The stories often focus on human qualities such as good and evil.


•  knight - a man who served as a mounted soldier in armor.
•  chat - talk in a friendly and informal way.
•  dragon - a mythical monster like a giant reptile. In European tradition the dragon is typically fire-breathing and tends to symbolize chaos or evil, whereas in East Asia it is usually a beneficent symbol of fertility, associated with water and the heavens.
•  taming - make less powerful and easier to control.
•  shield - a broad piece of metal or another suitable material, held by straps or a handle attached on one side, used as a protection against blows or missiles.
•  griffin - a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, typically depicted with pointed ears and with the eagle's legs taking the place of the forelegs.
•  vain - having or showing an excessively high opinion of one's appearance, abilities, or worth.
•  hero - a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think these creatures are basically mean as everyone thinks or are they misunderstood? (note: in Asian cultures, dragons are considered good luck)
•  If you could be a "pretend" creature, what woudl you bee and how would you act?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw your own "mythological/pretend" creature. Or recreate your own version of one in the book.
•  Using a paper plate, make a shield.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!