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dragons, family legacy, life passion, secret garden, resistance, self-acceptance, self-empowerment

Cornelius the Dragon
by Nadine Rake

Cornelius the dragon is not like other dragons—he is a gardener, not a destructive fire-breather! In the forest, he grows fruits, vegetables, and flowers. He even learns how to use plants as medicine. But when his family finds out, they forbid him to go there. “No more gardening!” his parents say.

Dejected and sad, Cornelius is summoned to a castle tower, where he must keep a princess imprisoned. Her crime? Not acting like a princess! Determined to be his own dragon, no matter what, Cornelius decides to help the princess escape and return to his garden. But when his father is harmed, Cornelius has to prove to his loved ones that his garden isn’t just special, but crucial.

Nadine Rake is a teacher who loves to help students get excited about reading and writing. She is passionate about storytelling, and she is a free-lance writer and blogger. Like Cornelius, she knows it can take a lot of courage to stand up for yourself, and sometimes you might need a little help from a friend. She often tells her students: Be who you are, don't let anyone change the real you. She lives in Cranbrook, BC, with her family.


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