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This Could Be Your Child’s Favorite Gift for Christmas This Year

This Could Be Your Child's Favorite Gift for Christmas This Year

I admit, I’m biased, since my son and I created this book with our illustrator-friend. But just look at what other unbiased people are saying about it…

Book reviews for "Bearded Dragon, Home Alone"

The story behind the book

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that the creation of this book was inspired by our first bearded dragon, Fifa. I’ve always loved wordless picture books, and this creative project was also a way to engage with my teenage son more actively in our minority language.

It turned out to be a silver lining in the dark cloud of the pandemic.

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Adding to that darkness, though, was the heartbreaking experience of Fifa abruptly falling ill and passing away during the making of the book. In fact, this sudden loss was such a sorrowful shock that it didn’t look like we would carry on with our work to complete it.

But we finally did, turning the book into a tribute to her and to the joy she brought to our family for the two years she was with us.

This was Fifa (on the left) and this is the bearded dragon that followed in her little footsteps, Yogi. We lost Fifa in July 2021 and brought Yogi home, as a baby, that October. He’s now nearly a year and a half old, which makes him a young adult.

Fifa and Yogi

An engaging and productive resource

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone is perfect for parents raising bilingual or multilingual kids because the fun-filled story is conveyed through the pictures alone, which means you can share the book with your children in any language you like! What’s more, you can also tailor the telling of the story to your child’s age and ability, whether in a more simple or more sophisticated way—and have the child tell the story to you, too! This means that the book can potentially serve as an engaging and productive resource for promoting your minority language for years to come! (Wordless picture books are such flexible resources for language development that I even use them with my teens and older students by asking them to write out the story for me.)

And the lively story itself is one I bet your kids will love to engage with, again and again…

Bearded dragon is a quiet, mild-mannered little lizard when others are around. But when this spunky reptile is home alone, it’s a very different story! Let the mischief-making begin in this joyful wordless picture book, a fun-filled romp for kids and grown-ups alike! Laughter and language learning guaranteed, in both homes and schools!

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Bearded Dragon, Home Alone

Available in paperback, worldwide, at Amazon and other booksellers.

Get your copy of the book at Amazon.

Another bearded dragon venture

After this book project, my son and I continued working with the same illustrator and we created a little online store with a lot of cool, one-of-a-kind items. It’s called Bearded Dragon Art and here are just a few of things you’ll find there…

Bearded Dragon Art

Bearded Dragon Art

Bearded Dragon Art

This store was another fun and fulfilling project for us, but because it’s time to move in new directions next year, I’ve decided to close it. So right now we’re having our Closing Forever Christmas Sale—until December 25, get 20% off all orders with the discount code XMAS20. Please take a look!

Browse the Bearded Dragon Art store.

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I’m Adam Beck, the founder of this blog and The Bilingual Zoo, a lively worldwide forum for parents raising bilingual or multilingual kids. I’m also the author of the popular books Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability and Bilingual Success Stories Around the World. I’ve been an educator and writer in this field for 30 years as well as the parent of two bilingual children, now 18 and 15. I hope my work can help empower the success of your bilingual journey.

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