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Professor Diggins' Dragons Paperback – March, 1974

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (March 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020436807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020436805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,518,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Angus Macdonald on October 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This was a charming little book that I bought through the good old Weekly Reader back when I was a kid and only recently handed off to a pair of children who needed it.

Professor Diggins is the kind of person everyone would want in their neighborhood -- polite, slightly eccentric, good with children, an odd storyteller, and an authority on marine biology. He also believes in dragons. When it is proposed that he take a very long vacation (the University is thinking of getting rid of him due to his references to dragon hunting in the modern world), he is convinced, rather easily, to take five children along with him to help him in his collection of seaside specimens.

From here on in is a lovely tale about overcoming fears, living up to one's potential, and, of course, the dragons that we all know really exist, whether they are the external, fire-breathing variety (none, sadly, actually show up in the book) or the internal, psychological ones (fear of the dark, being unsure that we are loved, etc.). With great kindness, mild humour, and a love of language Felice Holman's book guides us along the way to acceptance of ourselves by ourselves (whether others do or not is entirely up to them).

Admittedly my review is coloured, doubly, by my memories of reading this as a child and, again, in reading it to my pseudo-niece and pseudo-nephew, but in passing on a wistful and important life lesson, I found that this book had lost none of its freshness, kindness, or gentle wisdom in the intervening (nearly) forty years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
A delightful story about children, their fears, and a wondeful teacher who helps put their fears to rest. It centers on a trip taken by the teacher and his class to the beach, and his conversations with the children in which they confess their secrets. I remember it from when I was a child. I used it to overcome my own child's fear of the dark. Accelerated third graders to sixth grade level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a book in the spirit of Wind in the Willows - very attractive storyline for kids - Professor Diggins has to go on a vacation from his college because he starts telling other people that dragons are real and they have to be investigated. He decides to go on a camping trip and all of a sudden finds himself with 5 neighborhood children for company - they spend weeks on a beach with a forest nearby - beautifully described - and each child overcomes a different small problem- sleeping with the lights off, privacy, low self-esteem, etc. The Professor helps each one in turn in a very commonsense - not condescending at all - way. An exciting ending leads the college to take him back, ad the reader learns that all dragons in life (life's obstacles) an be overcome with patience, support and imagination. I wish I had seen this book as a child, but I was enthralled when I read it as an adult! I truly recommend the hardbound version, as it is worth reading over and over- on long car-trips as well as read before bedtime!
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Professor Diggins takes a group of children to the seashore for the summer at the request of their parents. While on this adventure each child discovers his or her dragon--not a real fire breathing creature, but nevertheless a dragon. One child is afraid of the dark and must face his dragon, another is forgetful....but I won't spoil the story. All the while this is happening the university where Professor Diggins teaches a course on dragons plots to fire him.
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