The Reluctant Dragon (Part 1)
Classic (fiction) 3,617 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 1000L.Two children set out in the snow and follow the tracks of what they believe to be a dragon. They meet a man who knows all about the beasts of the world, and he begins to tell them the story of a young boy and a poetry-loving dragon. The dragon hates fighting and longs to live peacefully in his cave. However, the boy warns him that the villagers might not be so willing to let a dragon live nearby.
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