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Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up Hardcover – November 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books; Pop Har/Co edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402787111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402787119
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the picture-book version of Puff, the Magic Dragon:

[B]eautifully illustrated… brings the land of Honalee to new life.”--the New York Times

Puff is pure magic.”--USA Today

“[L]ush, stylized artwork…The full spreads feature sweeping panoramas set against the blues and greens of ocean and island with small details revealed throughout.”--School Library Journal

“[S]tunningly beautiful.”--Chicago Sun-Times

“An impressive performance all around."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
--This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Peter Yarrow is a member of the iconic '60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Along with Lenny Lipton, he wrote the beloved song and now hit book Puff, the Magic Dragon. Yarrow is a Grammy® winner and an Emmy® nominee for his animated TV specials based on Puff. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Yarrow is proudest of the Allard K. Lowenstein Award, which he received for advancing the causes of human rights, peace, and freedom. In addition to extensive touring and performing, Peter is active in Operation Respect, an organization that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools across the country. He lives in New York City.
 
Eric Puybaret graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Puff, the Magic Dragon was his first American picture book. He has since published The Nutcracker, retold by John Cech, for Sterling as well as several picture books for other publishers. He lives in France.
 
Bruce Foster is the award-winning paper engineer of nearly 40 pop-up books, including his latest bestseller, Harry Potter. His work has been selected three times for the Today show's annual Top Ten Hot List, and his pop-up magic can be seen throughout the Disney movie, Enchanted. Bruce has worked with some of the leading names in children's publishing, including Caldecott nominee Mo Willems and Charles Schulz. His work has been exhibited at the National Museum of American History, and been featured by the Movable Books Society and the Smithsonian Institute Library. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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Customer Reviews

Both my 4 year old and 2 year old love this book.
S. McLaughlin
I love the song, book, and of course the illustrations are terrific.
H. Stotts
I love this book and will enjoy reading it to my grandchildren.
BELETHAN

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son just received this book for his birthday and I have to admit I was a little more excited than him about the tale. He had never heard about Puff but once he started flipping through the pages so beautifully illustrated, he was excited to read it.

I decided for his first reading we'd follow along with the song. When I was a child it was a favorite in my house, but it has been a while since I visited Honalee and I was anxious to do so. The music is wonderful and Peter and his daughter Bethany make a fabulous singing duet. I sang a long with the song and turned the pages while watching my son's face light up with the words and the pictures. It was fun to see him enjoy something so much that I did when I was his age. This book is already a favorite in our house.

The only draw back for me was forgetting how the song ended. That part always made me cry when I was little and unfortunately I found out it still does. However, because the book continues where the song leaves off, giving Puff a happier ending, my son didn't shed the tears that I did.

On the CD is another fun song and then the instrumental version of Puff the Magic Dragon. This is a classic tale given new life with wonderful paintings. I think it would make a wonderful gift for any child.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tizzie44 on December 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is stunning! Beautiful engineered. Loved the previous version without the pop-up and now this just makes it more fanciful and exciting. The pop-up really works well for these illustrations and it is more durable than most pop-ups I've seen. This is not a story based on the song, it is part of the actual lyrics. This book is about the visual impact and giving color and character to the song. The pop-ups are NOT interactive and this would be the only thing I could imagine would improve it.
It comes with a CD. There are 4 tracks. 1) "Puff, the Magic Dragon" with vocals. It is a very nice duet with simple instrumentation. 2) "Froggy Went a Court'n". 3) "The Blue Tail Fly". 4) "Puff, the Magic Dragon" Instrumental- very pretty.
Also comes with a Puff app. I don't have a Smart Phone, so I have no comment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sherry North on September 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Review by Sherry North, Author, Because You Are My Baby

The classic song about a boy who grows out of his love for a dragon pal lends itself beautifully to a children's book. The illustrations are simple yet intriguing without being overly cartoonish, as Puff and Jackie Paper act out the verses of the song. And the illustrator adds a lovely twist - a new friend for Puff - to help soften the song's bittersweet ending.

I only have two cautions about this book. One is that even with the new ending, the part where Jackie stops visiting Puff is still very sad. Sensitive children might feel heartbroken for a bit. And my other complaint is that the book uses the exact lyrics of the song, except for one place: "Dragons live forever, but not so little boys and girls." Adding girls here completely ruins the rhythm and was unnecessary. Girls won't feel left out, because the illustrations show a girl befriending Puff at the end.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By kids book lover on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible, the music wonderful, and the story of friendship, and the bittersweet aspects of growing up is timeless. Buy for yourself, buy for your kids, grandkids, nieces & nephews, buy for your parents, grandparents and friends. This multi-generational tale will be an evergreen in your family library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By APIMom1999 on October 11, 2007
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Worth the wait...illustrations are fab! The story is known to all, but the visuals are what really draw you into this book...my 7 year old son has chosen it every night since it arrived as his bedtime story! I've sent it to several adults for their "inner child"...a must have for every library!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie B. Fagan on July 9, 2007
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I just purchased this book last week, having been absolutely charmed by the illustrations. It sent me down Memory Lane in a nanosecond, and I will be buying additional copies for my grandchildren. As for the absolute and utter hogwash about "Puff" being drug-related, I can only chalk that rumor up to the drug culture of the '60's and '70's, which has left a lot of unnecessary chaos on its wake. Please see the following link to Snopes, which is a great source of determining what is myth and what is truth: [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenman on December 20, 2011
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This is a very well done book and a treasure for adult-supervised viewing. My grandchildren are not capable of using this book carefully enough, but with our supervision they look at it again and again. Pop-up books are inherently "damageable" so assistance for those under about 8-10 years of age is recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Chang on January 6, 2009
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We love this book. It is well made with good binding and sturdy jacket. The illustrations are delightful and my toddler loves the map on the inside cover and tries to map out the adventures illustrated in the book. We don't mind that it is just the lyrics to a popular song as this leaves the rest to my toddler's imagination.

I gave it 4 stars because the CD is terrible and I agree with other comments about the revision to the lyrics. I didn't grow up with the story or the original song so I didn't think the remake and the gender-politically-correct lyric change would bother me, but I agree with the other reviewers: the CD is terrible and so is the mumbling singing. Even the instrumental version of the song was dissappointing. My only recommendation is to listen to the original Peter, Paul & Mary song, specially if reading to a small toddler who is learning to enunciate words.

Do remember that it is a sad song. And although the illustrator gives the song a happy twist at the end (which I personally don't mind since it was thoughtfully done), the lyrics are still sad. My young toddler sometimes tells me to only sing the happy part of the song. But he still LOVES the book. Again, the book itself is simply beautiful.
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