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My Father's Dragon--a favorite of young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book--captures the nonsensical logic of childhood in an amusingly deadpan fashion. The story begins when Elmer Elevator (the narrator's father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island. The quirky, comical adventure ends with a heroic denouement: the freeing of the dragon. Abundant black-and-white lithographs by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (the author's stepmother) add an evocative, lighthearted mood to an already enchanting story. Author Ruth Stiles Gannett 's stand-alone sequel, Elmer and the Dragon, and her third volume, The Dragons of Blueland both received starred reviews in School Library Journal and are as fresh and original as her first. (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
RUTH STILES GANNETT wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944. It was an immediate success, becoming a Newbery Honor Book, and was soon followed by two sequels, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. All three dragon stories have been continuously in print in the more than 40 years since their publication. The author's other books include Katie and the Sad Noise and The Wonderful House-Boat- Train. She is married to the artist and calligrapher Peter Kahn. They have seven daughters and seven grandchildren.
Very strange book! My son seemed to enjoy it for his bedtime story. It was pretty entertaining!Published 11 days ago by Mom of 2
We read this in one sitting! My five year old son didn't want me to stop reading! Very entertaining- highly recommend!Published 18 days ago by Kathryn M. Johnson
I am a preschool teacher. I read this to my classroom of four and five-year olds in two days and they loved it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mr. Brian
What a great story to read to my 5 year old. He immediately wanted more. This would also be a great book for those just starting chapter books.Published 29 days ago by Robyn Frey-Monell
I am so glad I found this book! It is a great read-a-loud book for those that have graduated from traditional picture books. Read morePublished 29 days ago by mythreetoes