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In the Valley of the DragonsIn the Valley of the Dragons: An Eco Adventure

by Nancy Donovan, illustrated by Susan Spellman

A girl is visiting her favorite meadow. It’s a sad place for her now. The meadow used to be alive with flowers, bushes, green grass. There were always birds singing and butterflies dancing. This year, there hasn’t been enough rain for things to grow. Now it feels like a dead place.

While she is sitting there feeling sad, a little dragon stuck in a withered rose bush speaks to her. The young dragon brings her to the Valley of the Dragons where life is flourishing. Adult dragons take them on exciting journeys to learn how to care for the Treasures of the Earth.

Readers' Comments

“This sweet story will take you to magical places all while bringing to light the very important topics of water conservation and our environment. Parents, grandparents, and teachers will want to share this thought-provoking treasure with the young ones in their lives.” —Megan Sharples, parent and elementary school teacher

“Nancy Donovan’s latest book, In the Valley of the Dragons, is an ecology-based fantasy. It is sure to delight young readers with their curious minds. Nancy has a love of nature and a talent for writing. She has combined these interests to create an environment that not only engages children’s imaginations, but helps them understand the world around them.” —Rosemary Hanley, library assistant

In the Valley of the Dragons took my daughters and me to a wonderful imaginary land where we learned to respect our earth, and how to care for it so that others coming after us may enjoy the benefits of a healthy planet.” —Emer Murphy, elementary school teacher, and parent of Emily, 11yrs, and Aoibheann, 7yrs

“I love this book and it teaches me how to take care of the world.” — Aoibheann Murphy, 7yrs

“Nancy Donovan has done it again! This book makes learning fun and environmental concerns easier to understand. Kids and adults will enthusiastically follow Lauren’s adventures and quickly grasp the importance of caring for our earth’s resources. Parents and teachers will find a wide variety of ways to expand children’s thinking/questioning. The story easily lends itself to extended discussions about history, science, environment, vocations, friendship and family to name a few. This is a book I’ll have in my library to read and recommend over and over!” —Barb Renda 36 years teaching elementary special-education. 

About the Author

Nancy Donovan, retired nurse practitioner and nurse educator, is also a writer of children’s stories, a poet and a potter. Her love of nature and the environment is demonstrated in her stories that both entertain and educate. Her books, Oscar the Herring Gull, Marissa the Forest Spirit, and Wild Dolphin Rider have each been showcased by the Children’s Book Council. They are in bookstores, toy stores, and historical places on the New England seacoast. Her poems are included in three anthologies published by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

Nancy is a volunteer for the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, New Hampshire, and a marine docent for the University of New Hampshire. She is the mother of four great children and the grandmother of eight also wonderful kids.

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About the Illustrator

Ilustrator Susan Spellman is a two-time Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient, most recently for Satchi and Little Star (2012). She has illustrated Highlights for Children magazine and more than thirty children’s titles. A member of the National Association of Women Artists, she has won many awards for her oil paintings. Her studio is in Newburyport, Massachusetts. More information is available at:

Ordering Information

$20.00, 10x8, softcover, 68 pages, full color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-942155-18-8


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