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Imagination: The Reluctant Dragon
by Maxfield Parrish

Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K-8 | Age: 5-14 | Written by: Colleen Carroll

Art Appreciation Points of Discussion
Excerpted from How Artists See Play by Colleen Carroll.
Imagination: The Reluctant Dragon, by Maxfield Parrish.

About the Artwork

Using your imagination, you can go anywhere you want to go, even to faraway lands where dragons live. Here a young boy and a dragon sit quietly on a stony hill, staring at each other.

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