X is for Xanthy - Cursive xWelcome to Dragon’s Eye View and the 2018 A to Z Challenge: X is for Xanthy! 

Who is Xanthy (ZAN-thee)? The little golden yellow dragon I created for a picture book story!

X is for Xanthy - learn cursive with dragons!

Here is Xanthy – made entirely with shapes in Keynote!

Shortly before the launch of Dragon’s Eye View I started developing a children’s story about a little dragon who has to write thank you notes for all the delightful hatch-day gifts his various friends and distant relations give him.

His patient mother helps him with each one — exploring the elements of a thank you note, the formality desired, and so on by scratching them on the cave wall with her claw (in cursive!). And the little dragon copies them with a lucky gryphon feather pen.

Originally I called the little dragon “Little Dragon” but then came across a soon-to-be published picture book called Little Dragon and the New Egg. Adorable! And I decided I needed a new name for my little dragon.

Initial Xanthy sketches in my yellow notebook!

I finally settled on Xanthy! I derived it from the Greek Ξάνθος, Xanthos, meaning “blonde”. Also, Xanthos was one of the horses of Achilles in the Iliad. It seemed fitting for a little golden dragon with a seahorse-shaped head.

And so, coming soon (in dragon years) to a bookseller near you: Xanthy and the Thank You Notes!

In the meantime practice the cursive letter x found in the following dragon-themed words: box, phlox, galaxy, xanthos, and flexible!

Dragon-themed lowercase Cursive Printables a-z, free PDF downloads!Download your Cursive Wyrm ABC letter x by clicking HERE.  We’ve almost at the end of the April 2018 A to Z challenge!  All 26 letters will be available in one download sometime in May…or you can read each post and download individually here.

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Claire Noland · April 27, 2018 at 8:35 pm

Perfect name! And, Xx is one of the easier letters to write.

Carol · April 27, 2018 at 9:46 pm

I have been waiting to see what you did with X. Great name!

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