Read: 30 September, 2012
Dragons must have a treasure to guard, or so says Nonesuch’s grandmother. But when Nonesuch finds himself alone and getting smaller, he embraces his new size and finds a new sort of treasure.
Over the course of the novel, Nonesuch travels through a number of time periods, stopping for longer stays in a Medieval monastery, and then again in the modern era. On the way, he passes through the War of the Roses, the Black Plague, the Fire of London, the dawn of the Age of Reason, and World War II (through the perspective of a Jewish character who left Germany for America).
As I was reading, I found myself thinking of how useful this book would be to help contextualize and introduce a number of different historical periods. This would be especially useful for homeschoolers to help provide a “path” through a lesson, for example.
I also found it useful in that it was relatively short and simply, but introduced more complex concepts and vocabulary. For that reason, I’d say it’s a great resource for young readers who are just getting into novel-length works.
Unfortunately, not a whole lot happens in the novel, and I have to wonder if it will keep a child’s attention. Most of the story involves Nonesuch exploring some new environment, complete with pages of description. Although it’s possible that if it’s incorporated into a lesson plan, this deficiency might be compensated for by the extra-libris activities.
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