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My Father's Dragon Paperback – November 12, 1987
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The best thing about the book for me was that even though there's plenty of action (mostly involving the little boy outsmarting a series of wild animals in order to reach the dragon), there's nothing the least bit scary here. That was very important to me as the mother of a four-year-old. The book was written in the forties, and it has a sweet, gentle, old-fashioned quality that it's hard to find in any form of entertainment for young children today. (Even Disney is too intense for a lot of four-year-olds.) It has the kind of innocence most of us would like our children to be able to hang on to for a few years.
My son loved the book so much we read it over and over again, and went on to read the other two books in the series (Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland) many times as well.
Years later, when he was in third grade, his teacher mentioned to me that she was hunting for a chapter book to read to the class, but wasn't having much luck. Everything she looked at seemed beyond the attention span of many of the kids in her class. I told her about My Father's Dragon, but I also said it probably wasn't exciting enough to hold the attention of third graders. But she tried it anyway, and later told me that kids who had never shown any interest in books were reminding her every day to read another chapter. She, too, went on to read the whole series.
It's a great introduction to chapter books. More important, it's a lovely, gentle book to share with a child.
Instead, he came home from his multi-age class rhapsodizing about a book I had never heard of...My Father's Dragon. And although I haven't read it (yet), I can tell you for sure what happens in the first five chapters, because my son tells us all with such verve and enthusiasim about the adventures that take place there! How the narrator's father gets out of the tigers, and builds a bridge with the crocodiles are two of his favorite parts, and the words "Bome Cack! Bome Cack!! have entered our vocabularies probably forever.
I think the three books in this series will be entering our household at Christmas time, and I can't wait to read them myself!
This is a fun early reader chapter book. The chapters are the perfect length to hook the beginning reader. The story is imaginative, delightful, and downright funny in spots while still being simple enough for young kids to follow. I reread it recently for the first time in years and was surprised at how short and simple it really was. When I was a boy, it seemed much longer and more complicated. There are numerous drawings that wonderfully highlight some of the funnier parts of the story. Adults should enjoy it just as much as their kids.
Readers of this book will want to get the other two in the series and read the further adventures of Elmer. This is a series that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
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Very imaginative book. Read it with my 7,4 and 2 yr old boys and they all loved it. They even asked if there was a sequel to the book.Published 1 day ago by Jonathan Root
This was my favorite book when I was a little girl. I didn't own the book, so I kept borrowing it from my elementary schools' library. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Pinkcat
I bought this book (along with the others in the series) for my nieces. While the book itself is great, the publishing of this particular version was horribly... Read morePublished 7 days ago by M. Long
I love this story, I read it aloud to 2nd graders and now to my grandchildren.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Remember reading this as a kid so I read it to my five year-old. Had to change a few words I didn't remember being there, but otherwise a good read. Enjoyed by us both.Published 16 days ago by Holland Hume
I loved this book as a child so I ordered as a gift for an upcoming baby shower. Please do not order this edition! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vivian
This is the perfect first chapter book to read your kids. I have read this to all of my children as soon as they turn 4. Read morePublished 1 month ago by charlotte
This copy is larger in size than my original book, and the cover art is very fuzzy and distorted. I'm familiar with the book, so I did not bother to read the description or... Read morePublished 1 month ago by stlmom