A magical story about friendship and difference, perfect for children learning to read. When her Dad, the blacksmith, needs a new dragon for the fire in his forge, Jess goes to the king to get an egg, which hatches into a dragon chick. But then the dragon gets sick, and it's only with the help of a boy from the valley below that Jess learns how to heal her and, excitingly, to fly on her! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. It features: varied sentences; detailed illustrations to enjoy; chapters; interesting characters and themes; a rich range of vocabulary; and, more complex storylines to stretch confident readers. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.