Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay, illustrated by Alex Zgud, is about a fat and lazy dragon—a perfect example of sloth. The dragon makes life difficult for the dwarves that live in the mountain where he is stuck by his excessive weight and weak muscles. One brave dwarf, Radish, faces the dragon and suggests some lifestyle changes. Readers will enjoy the results and reward for Radish’s efforts on behalf of Sloth.
The story is perfectly illustrated by Alex Zgud, who shows the reader Sloth’s transformation from a fat, weak blob, to a lean flying machine, frame by delicious frame. Parents, teachers, doctors, dieticians, and students will enjoy the yummy variety of food that is paraded by for our entertainment. I applaud this book as a good way to sneak in advice on eating and living more healthily—kind of like your mom sneaking veggies into your smoothies.
Ms. Macaulay’s picture book, Sloth the Lazy Dragon, is a great addition to schools’ health and nutrition curriculum, classroom libraries, as well as to doctors and dieticians’ offices. The food that Radish brings to Sloth is a wide variety of healthy eats. Radish gradually introduces exercises at a rate that Sloth can handle to build up his strength and support his new healthy lifestyle. This book is highly recommended for students ages 5 to 8.
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