"There are dozens of dragons locked in cages inside that cave," said Leon. "An evil beast named Thar has kidnapped them, and I need to get them out!"
Horace Hopp looked towards the cave. "We've seen him dragging dragons in there for a few days," he said, "but he's much too big for us to do anything, so we just hide and hope he doesn't come after us next."
"Yes, he is big, and scary, too," said Leon, "but what I really need is someone little to help me."
"If little's what you need, then I'm your hopp," said Horace. "And my family will help, too!" He stomped quickly on the ground with his foot, and in a few seconds ten more hopps had poked out of their holes and gathered around Leon.
You can read the rest of the tale here, http://timsevenhuysen.com/writing/yearofstories/leon-the-hero/ and enjoy many more of Tim's stories and projects on his website: http://timsevenhuysen.com/
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Mandy the dragon stands 4 1/4 inches tall from tail to toe, and her wings have a maximum span of about 5 1/2 inches. She is entirely hand stitched from felt, with needle felted details in Corriedale wool. She's stuffed with polyester fibers.