Wings of Fire (Book One): Homeschool Study and Book Club Ideas
This Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy homeschool study is a great way to add some fun to your discussion of this fantasy adventure story. The Dragonet Prophecy is a fantastic read for kids of all ages, including late elementary and middle school students.
The Wings of Fire series is one of the most talked about books in my online book club so once you get started, be prepared to read several more books in the series. The first five books in the series follow the journey of the same five dragonets so you will most definitely want to read the first five once you start.
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Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
Tui T. Sutherland
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Length: 336 pages
First Published: 2012
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Publisher’s Description of Wings of Fire (Book 1)
“The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended . . .”
My Goodreads Review
For generations, the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia have been locked in a battle and an end isn’t in sight. The Talons of Peace hope to change that with the help of prophecy which foretold the end of the fight. The Talons of Peace have gathered five dragonets to fulfill the destinies foretold in the prophecy but these five dragonets are tired of being held captive to a prophecy. They escape their cave and launch into the world of Pyrrhia and begin to wonder if they can really fulfill this prophecy at all.
This book was the #1 talked about book series in my Outschool fiction book clubs for 8-10 and 11-13 year-olds. Many of my students encouraged me to read it so I finally listened to the audiobook and immediately understood why they love it.
Not only is it a great fantasy adventure, but getting to know the five dragonets was intriguing right from the start. They are great characters – so different from one another but bonded deeply from a shared experience that has formed a friendship.
I love the idea of a prophecy controlling their lives even though it wasn’t fulfilled correctly from the start. Now there are layers of complication that continue to impact the story. Is destiny in control or are we? It’s definitely a classic question for discussion!
I was surprised at the amount of violence and death in a kid’s book. I know it was dragons, but the level of destruction surprised me at times, so be aware of this if you have a sensitive child.
My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Wings of Fire (Dragonet Prophecy) Book Club Ideas
Decorate using a dragon theme. Use dragon-themed paper products and decorate with plushie dragons or other dragon toys.
Host a Wings of “Camp” Fire and roast marshmallows.
Serve Dragon Themed Food such as Dragon’s Eggs (deviled eggs or jelly beans), Dragon Food (goldfish), and Dragon Fireballs (cheese puffs).
Hide plastic easter eggs and invite the kids on a Dragon Egg Hunt.
Middle schoolers will enjoy this polymer clay dragon’s eye craft while younger kids can decorate a dragon’s eye using paint pens.
Wings of Fire Discussion Questions for Your Homeschool Study
1. The opening of this book includes a fantasy map, images, descriptions of the types of dragons in Pyrrhia, a prophecy, and a prologue. Which elements made you the most interested in reading this story? Which elements were the most helpful as you were reading?
2. Anthropomorphism is when the writer assigns human traits, ambitions, emotions, or behaviors to animals or other non-human beings or objects. In this book, the dragons are an example of anthropomorphism. Were dragons a good choice as the main characters in this story? What advantages do they have over humans when fighting in battle? Do you enjoy reading stories where the main characters are animals?
3. What do you think it would be like to have someone tell you your destiny from as young as you can remember? What kind of pressure would this put on you? What would this take away from you? Do you believe someone’s destiny is set in stone?
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Helpful Links for Studying Wings of Fire in Your Homeschool
Visit the author’s website.
Grab a few free resources from the Scholastic website, including a word search, coloring page, and more.
Visit the Wings of Fire wiki page for more information and games.
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