The Princess and the Dragon, an exclusive story By Giovanna Bindi

This cute story is written and illustrated by author and artist Giovanna Bindi exclusively for London Mums. You can see Giovanna bring her stories to live Mondays at the London Mums’ playgroup. Giovanna is also a wonderful entertainer and can be contacted directly via

Once Upon a time there was a princess who lived in a castle.

She was very beautiful and she liked wearing sparkling and coloured dresses.

She loved playing in the garden with her friends Ladybird and Butterfly, and she also liked dancing with the flowers and singing all the time.

“Ladybird, ladybird, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do.

Butterfly, butterfly where are you? Here I am, here I am how do you do! We are here, we are there all together, jumping here, jumping there, having fun forever.”

One day she heard a very scary sound; she was terrified and she asked herself who could make this very loud scary noise.


She was looking around to see where it was coming from but she couldn’t see anything. Then when she saw a big fire coming from the top of the hill, she panicked and she started screaming.

After seeing a big green face jumping out from the hill, she was petrified and started crying. The scary creature had big round eyes, and a big mouth with very long and sharp teeth.

It was a DRAGON flying towards her, fast, and flapping his wide and enormous wings.

The poor princess was really in panic and she thought that she was going to be eaten by the dragon. ‘Who are you?’, she said opening her eyes, but she could only see the BUTTERFLY with her fantastic colours.

Finally, when she felt safe in the castle she went to the window to see if the big dragon was still there but instead seeing the dragon she saw only a little harmless lizard that blew her little sparks around.

She was wondering how it all happened, when her butterfly and ladybird friends flew by the window. They gave her a very precious gift: a Magic Wand! And they said to the princess: ‘We will always be your best friends Princess…and we are here to give you a present…a Magic Wand to help you be safe any time you want and fulfil your dreams.’


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