The Reluctant Dragon

Long ago in England, a shepherd and his family lived in a small, quiet village.

While the shepherd worked out in the field, his son Gabriel spent time reading books.

One day, the shepherd came home very upset. He had seen a beast in the cave above the village.

“I’m sure it’s just a dragon, Dad,” said Gabriel. He knew a lot about dragons.

Gabriel opened a book. He showed it to his dad. It had stories of big, bold dragons that breathed fire.

“I will go talk to him in the morning,” Gabriel said. He was not at all afraid.

Gabriel hiked to the cave the next day. He walked right up to the dragon.

“Hello,” Gabriel said. “Are you here to eat the villagers?”

FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 470
Word Count 556

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