by Gina Wilson and illustrated by P J Lynch (Walker Books London 2001)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other
recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
This delightful story challenges our western understandings about dragons being dangerous creatures we should all fear, and its simple words of wisdom are easy for all ages to appreciate and share together. The story contains many peace-building elements:
Ignis was unable to breathe fire as all real dragons should. Unable to accept his inabilities he began his search to try and find out who he really was, because if he could not breathe fire then he could not be a real dragon. His friends loved him despite himself and supported him as he ventured out into the world. He found even more friends along the way. Eventually Ignis found out who he truly was.
The happy ending in this story does involve our hero finding peace.
.....and finding himself and his place in the world.
Ignis is reminded of the importance of friends.
Friends support each other.
Friends believe in each other.
Friends are always there for you.
Ignis learns to appreciate and be grateful.
Read Gus' story of a dragon named Flamer who could have easily been a relative of Herb or Ignis. Gus created his story after he was read both stories. Gus definitely included similar peace building elements in his story and his version his hero goes in search of his own inner dragon.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation February 2005