Adrian Lester narrates a story about a world divided into two halves, the north and the south. The southern half is ruled by evil fire dragons and the north is ruled by peace-loving snow dragons. In between the two halves live the two-legs. A special book known as 'book' is a set of instructions of how the world works. The fire dragons get hold of the book and cause the happening, which destroys the land and forces the two-legs to live underground to protect themselves from the fire dragons. However, a little boy called Tuft is a two-leg who joins forces with a snow dragon to save the world from the fire dragons. 'The Snow Dragon' was written by Vivian French and illustrated by Chris Fisher.
This clip is useful as part of study about stories set in fantasy worlds. Discuss how the book in the story acts in the same way as a magic mirror from other well- known traditional tales. The children can formulate questions they would like to ask ‘book’ about life in the North and South of the world. Ask the class to discuss what other events may occur when the fire dragons get hold of ‘book’ and what effect this may have for the two legs. The children can then write an alternative ending to the story with a different problem other than the two legs having to live underground and find an alternative resolution for this new imagined problem.