Miro is a tiny dragon, living in Drakonia. Sweet-hearted, Miro is afraid of heights, of water, of burning himself, of bigger animals and of his own shadow sometimes. Throughout out the book, Miro faces several challenges. And in spite of his fears and his small size, eventually Miro proves to be extremely brave.
The dominant figure in “Miro the Dragon” is Miro’s teacher. He soon realizes Miro’s fears and he first throws him to the world of humans to make him conquer his fears. Miro is suddenly found in an unknown environment, where a huge being is talking to him, only this is not a dragon like him. After some awkward moments, Lizzy, a 7-years old girl, becomes Miro’s best friend.
With Lizzy, Miro first learns the importance of friendship. Lizzy plays with him in the backyard, without her parents knowing about her new friend, mostly because they cannot notice him. Lizzy trusts Miro. Miro helps her to cut flowers for her mommy and their friendship grows stronger. She takes him home hidden in her trousers’ pocket and feeds him. And later, on a snowy day she brings him food out in the yard. But most importantly, Lizzy is the one that makes Miro overcome his fear of flying. After pushing him to try and fly, Lizzy accidentally throws Miro in the neighbors’ garden. There, Miro has no option but to spread his wings and fly to escape from Kitty the cat. He even breaths fire too! So, the great lesson learned in first part “Miro’s Big Moment” is that we should try to do things, even if we are really afraid of failing.
In the second part, “Miro’s First Hunt,” Miro is challenged to participate in hunting lessons. His first hunt is here and he has to deal with it! Yet, Miro, overexcited and overslept, does not follow his teacher’s guidelines “not aim too high” and “look for prey you can handle.” He goes for worms and for ants, but no luck. He just can’t handle them! While disappointed and in big tears, Miro decides that he needs to change strategy if he wants to be successful in his first hunt. So, he pulls himself back together and eventually he grabs a caterpillar! He manages to hunt and grab a caterpillar! Triumphant and immensely satisfied, Miro teaches the second lesson in the second part: the importance of having the right strategy to achieve your goals and how important is to turn your disappointment into strength.
In the third part, “Miro’s First Snow,” Miro visits his best friend Lizzy again being rewarded by his teacher for his past achievements. Excited and super happy, Miro goes to Lizzy’s garden only to see a weird spectacle: the garden is not green anymore, but white, covered with a powdery stuff. Yet, brave enough, Miro flies into the house from a small crack and goes into Lizzy’s bedroom to wake her up. Her, surprised and happy to see her little dragon friend, gets even more excited to see that it snowed. So, Miro learns how to play snowball fight and how to make a snowman – or rather a snow devil. In this third part, the lesson learned is the importance of rewarding someone for their achievements and the importance of creativity.
In the fourth part, “Miro Goes Swimming,” Miro is challenged to swim in the dark waters of the lake he used to be afraid of. Although he is fully intended to participate, Miro is discouraged by touching the cold waters. Botsch, a bigger dragon offers to build a “bath tub” for Miro where he can learn to swim for the first time. Little by little, Miro feels secure to move his claws up and down in the swimming pool Botsch made for him. Then, Miro learns how to rotate his arms next to his little body while holding one of Botsch’s horns. After failing a couple of times, Miro manages to swim on his own without help, moving his arms and legs simultaneously at a smooth tempo. Only, when he realizes he is on his own, he panics a bit, but now he knows how to swim. Later, Miro acknowledges Botch’s help in front of his teacher. So the lesson learned in this last part is the importance of teamwork and acknowledgement.
All in all, “Miro the Dragon” is an excellent read. It teaches children important lessons such as the importance of friendship, of trust, of creativity, of reward, of teamwork and of acknowledgment. In addition, it teaches how important it is to get over our fears, to have the right strategy to accomplish our goals and to find the strength to start over. “Miro the Dragon” is an excellent book for young children, but also for adults. Even more so! Enjoy!