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Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons.

Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?

An elemental tale from the author of P.A.W.S. and Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip.

©2018 Debbie Manber Kupfer (P)2018 Debbie Manber Kupfer

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Three Cheers 🎉 for Smart & Kind Adana!

I listened to this audiobook with a group of younger children and they became completely invested in this story. They were sad when the little dragon was sad and were able to relate similar events when they felt the same way. The storyline is based on a small, earth Dragon who is not accepted by the other dragons because she is different. Then one day, while she is snoozing in her cave, a giant appears in their land and scares all the other dragons who hide in Adana's cave. When Adana awakes to find a rather crowded cave, the other dragons look to her for a solution. Can she defeat the giant? This is a great book to explore emotions, being different and friendships with youngsters who are just starting to experience similar problems either in the playground, daycare or school. I stopped the narration whenever they wanted to divulge a personal experience and also part-way as I was interested to see what type of solutions the children would come up with for Adana’s encounter with the giant. Even the toddlers had very creative ideas and understood that being small doesn't equate with inadequacy. The narration was very well done & kept the children’s attention, which is important especially with a group of younger children ( ages 2-7 ). As a treat, and because I had access to the book through Kindle Unlimited, we read the story a second time with both the audiobook & the picture book. I had to do this twice since the artwork actually distracted the munchkins during the first run through.😊 They exclaimed their appreciation of the pictures with the typical chattering of young children. The artwork is basic but colourful & the giant is drawn with care not to give young children nightmares. Overall this is a very good book for young children ages 2- 8 and their parents to read/listen together and then talk about. Kudos to the author, narrator & illustrator. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟 A ginormous thank you to my friends for sharing an awesome group of young children for storytime. This circle of critics made themselves comfortable and settled in without difficulty to listen to the first of several books on the afternoon's proposed agenda. Subsequently, or often during the playing of the audiobook, the little critics shared their vociferous thoughts and opinions on the books that they had heard. Surprisingly, even the youngest were very good judges of the genre of stories that they liked to be read and then talk about. Other than nutritious snacks, the children were not bribed nor coerced into providing their opinions. They were in a warm, comfortable and safe environment and were free to wander or leave with their parent at any time. No children or parents were harmed for the purpose of obtaining these opinions. The reviewer however, being of an older age, was left slightly dented. I received a complementary copy of the audiobook of " Adana the Earth Dragon" by Debbie Manber Kupfer from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I am not related nor friends with this author. The opinions expressed in this review are fully mine unless identified as that of another person

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Tiny Earth Dragon Saves the Day!

Adana, a little brown earth dragon, feels rejected — she can’t do anything the other dragons do. She can’t play in the clouds like the air dragons, can’t swim and enjoy water games like the water dragons, and can’t breathe flames to toast marshmallows like the fire dragons — the one time she tried, by drinking fire water, it just made her throat sore. No one wants to be her friend because she’s boring and brown, and that makes her quite sad. Then one day, while Adana is asleep in her cave, a giant stumbles into the dragons’ haven. The air dragons fly into his face to drive him away, but the giant just laughs and swats them away, and the terrified air dragons take shelter in Adana’s cave. Next, he stomps into the lagoon, splashing out all the water and chortling as he fends off the water dragons, who also seek shelter in Adana’s cave. Then he stomps to the lair of the fire dragons, where they’re playing toss the fire ball. They fight back when he interrupts their game, but their angry flames just bounce off his thick skin. But as the frightened dragons cry in Adana’s crowded cave, she takes action: digging into the soft earth floor. She tunnels her way out to the giant, who’s lounging on a rock, and using the strength given to her by her natural habitat, she confronts the giant while safely hidden in her tunnel. Through politely firm demands and judicious pokes of her sharp claws, she convinces the giant to depart. Debbie Manber Kupfer has written a children’s book that appeals to all ages, and the audiobook is expressively narrated by Fiona Thraille, who masters a variety of voices for all the characters. Clocking in at a brief 16 minutes, Thraille’s interpretation of Kupfer’s book is the perfect way to to ease into sleep at the end of the day.

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Wonderful tale with a positive message

To begin with, the narrator's voice is comforting and enticing. I was drawn into the story immediately. The story has a good message about wanting to belong and accepting and identifying your own strengths and abilities. This would be a wonderful story to read or listen to with your children several times in a day without becoming bored. The tiny sounding (yet strong) voice of Adana made me giggle. Thank you to Audible and StoryOrigin for my review copy. "I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review."

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A lovely story for love, acceptance and tolerance

This is a story about a small brown earth dragon called Adana. Unfortunately, she was feeling very sad because none of the air, water and fire dragons wanted to be friends and play games with her. Adana didn't have any wings, so she couldn't fly with the air dragons. Adana couldn't swim, so she couldn't play games with the water dragons. And Adana was scared of the Fire Dragons because she wasn't able to 'make any flames'. Then, one day, a Giant wandered into the Land of Dragons. He upsets the air, water and fire dragons with his carefree attitude towards them. In desperation, they flee to Adana's cave for safety. When Adana is told about the big, bad and scary Giant and their plea for help, she is shocked and surprised. However, Adana comes up with a clever and ingenious plot to outwit the unwelcome visitor. This incident was a lifechanging moment for Adana, because the other dragons are impressed by her bravery and intelligence, and they now appreciate her kindness and friendship. So, Adana the earth dragon is feeling proud and happy now because all's well in the Land of the Dragons, and everyone is included in the dragon games. This entertaining story will at times have you chuckling and laughing at the fortunes of the Giant, but will nevertheless teach children to avoid the undesirable antics of bullying and to fully appreciate diversity. I recommend this audiobook for children. I received a free promotional copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest appraisal and review. PS; You can watch a video about this book at https://goodreads.com/videos/130829-adana-the-earth-dragon

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Wonderfully Fun and Funny Dragon Story

Both children and adults of all ages will love this story of a brown Earth Dragon learns that her small size can help the other larger dragons.

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4.0/5 Cute, Very Short Story

Summary: This is a very short story about an Earth dragon that basically follows a typical kid’s story arc. Nobody pays any attention to poor Adana until her unique talents save the day.

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- It’s only 13 minutes as an audiobook.
- The morals are very clearly defined but don’t come across as too contrived.
- Adana is sweet.
- There’s very little to no danger involved.

Conclusion: Short and to the point children’s book.
*I received a copy of the audiobook. I have chosen to review it.*

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What a cute quick story

Adana was such a lonely little dragon. She had to do something big to save her flowers. Then they all loved her.

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Great teaching story

This short children's book was the perfect story to listen to with my three year old. With dragons being his favorite thing right now, it was a fun listen. Adana is a brown earth dragon who wishes she could be any other kind of dragon- the water, the wind, or the fire. Each one seems to be better than being a plain old earth dragon. When a giant comes to visit, Adana realizes her full potential and the true value of being an earth dragon. This story is a perfect example of finding worth in being your own person. The discussions that will come from this listening to this will with my little one will be a foundation for the future.

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Sweet Short Story

I loved this book. It was a sweet story & wished it was longer. I received this free book from the author for a honest review.

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Sweet

What a sweet story! We loved listening to this little character developing and it was great

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  • 04-06-20

wonderful

what a lovely short stories, would make a wonderful bedtime story for a tot xxxxx

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Beautiful story - excellent narration

Story: In this clever tale different species of dragons inhabit the four elements. There are air dragons, who soar through the sky, water dragons, who can swim and dive deep under water, fire dragons, who love to play fireball all day and there is only one earth dragon, Adana. Adana is small and brown and can't fly or swim or play with fire and the other dragons don't play with her, which leaves our wee dragon longing for friends and acceptance. Then one day a giant appears in Dragonland. The dragons are no match for him. His skin is so thick, even fire causes no harm. The dragons are scared and hide in Adana's cave, but the little brown dragon has a plan, because there's one thing she can do better than anyone else. She can dig very deep holes and endless tunnels and she is a superfast digger indeed. But will this be enough to fend off the intruder? Narration: Fiona Thraille's narration is clear and calm, but you also feel the earth shaking when the giant stomps his feet. Excellent. Overall A wonderful tale, where beauty, strength and arrogance are outwitted by brainpower and courage. A story about respecting diversity and also about accepting yourself just the way you are.