This tale about a dragon, Ultimon, is a wonderful book for elementary-aged children who are interested in dragons or astronomy. GrandPré’s beautiful illustrations full of muted purples, greens, and blues steal the show in this bedtime book. Ultimon is so sad to be the last dragon on earth, but he is called into the sky and becomes the constellation Draco the Dragon, which can be found close to the North Star.
The entirety of the story flows with a rhythm meant to lull the reader to appreciate the stargazing suggested at the close. Burleigh writes, “Walk out, reader,/In the blackest night—/Gaze up where the stars/Are crisp and bright./Next to the polestar/That guides with its beams—/See! A dragon/Constellation gleams.”
Check the WRL catalog for Flight of the Last Dragon.