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