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Puff, the Magic Dragon Hardcover – August 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: 1040L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First Edition edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781402747823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402747823
  • ASIN: 1402747829
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,164 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 best known as a singer and songwriter. He believes that music from the folk tradition can bring people together in special ways that reveal how much we truly have in common with one another - and that we can be friends, despite our differences. Lenny Lipton, now a well-known independent filmmaker, wrote the poem which became Puff, The Magic Dragon whilst at university. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family. Eric Puybaret has already published more than 20 books in his native France. His dreamy, peaceful illustrations perfectly convey the charm of this much-loved story.

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Customer Reviews

It is great that a CD of the song came with the book.
janet sokolowski
Our 2 1/2 year old grandson Alec loves the songs and the book.
Jackie M. Sthilaire
The illustrations are great and who doesn't love that story.
Jessica C. Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 90 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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82 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lapre on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Maybe this was my own over-expectation of the book. The pictures are nice and it comes with a CD - so if that is all you are looking for, you might as well give it a 5 star rating. However you should know that the entire text of the story is simply the lyrics of the song set to pictures. True to the original song, this involves alot of repetition of the line: "Puff the magic dragon lives by the sea and frolics in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee." There is no additional text, so you don't get to hear any new details of the characters or any of their adventures. Just the original lyrics under some pictures with a CD. That's it. So personally I was a little disappointed - however that's mostly because I was expecting so much more. There is so much untapped potential - I would love to read new stories and developments regarding Puff and Jackie ... but it's not in this book. PS. A word of caution reading the many 5 star reviews: many seem to be based in recognition of a beautiful song and a nod to their childhood memories ... and I agree. I rate the song 5 stars ... but not particularly this book.
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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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