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About the Author

Ruth Stiles Gannett wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944. She lives in Upstate New York.

Ruth Chrisman Gannett was already a well-established illustrator when she began collaboration with her stepdaughter on My Father's Dragon.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: My Father's Dragon (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394890507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394890500
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Elmer has arrived safely home, but not for long. When his friend the Dragon leaves to find his own family, he discovers they've been taken prisoner by some men who want to sell them to zoos. Now the Dragon must find Elmer in time to help his family without being spotted by other humans. But what if Elmer can't come up with a plan?
This is the final in the My Father's Dragon series. It lives up to the second book, but both fall a little short of the creativity and humor of the first. Still, fans will want to know how the series ends and won't be disappointed with the story presented here. As with the others, the storyline and vocabulary are perfect for the beginning reader or as a read aloud story.
This series is a great way to introduce kids to the joys of reading. Parents will also enjoy the clever fantasy storylines. This is a fun book in a fun series that will entertain children of all ages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love children's books that open with a map, and the "Dragons of Blueland" (the third in Gannett's series about the dragon) promises adventures in such exciting locales as "Seaweed Bay," "The Awful Desert," "Popsicornia," and the "Spiky Mountain Range."
The book delivers, as Elmo Elevator, a "brave boy of nine," helps his dragon friend Boris rescue his family. The story is comforting yet cleverly exciting and humorous. The soft black and white illustrations (done by the author's stepmother, who also did the illustrations for the first edition of Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat") are a gentle compliment to the text. First published in 1951, this is good fun!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I like this book because it's very adventurous. They find a lot of really cool things. I like all the things they make-believe and the way everything is drawn. All the things they make in the book are really creative.
Rachel Davis, age 7
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "cdcorliss" on June 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book without ever having heard of it or the author; but my son was having a dragon birthday theme, so I took a chance. What wonderful luck. It is good for children age 4 to 40! We have read it numerous times and the chapters provide comfortable break points as well. This book stirs the imagination and keeps the reader and listener interested!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EscapeArtist on March 10, 2009
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I was browsing at a bookstore and was randomly drawn by the artwork on the cover of the first book in this series "My Fathers Dragon". I know, the old saying "never judge a book by it's cover" is a good edict to hold to, so I read both the back and inside cover to find that it was first published the late 1940's. On a whim I decided to buy it for my daughter who in turn loved it so much that she woke up early the next morning to read before school, which was rare and exciting all at once. Even for an adult, it seems like such a great idea to imagine packing a backpack with traveling "essentials" such as pink bubble gum and rubber bands. The main character Elmer falls into many traps that he creatively works through including tricking a lion by brushing his hair, befriending a dragon, and so on. As a parent what I love best is that all of these books evolve around mishaps that end with good clean humor not unecessary modern-day-drama or blood-guts-and-gore! The next obvious step was to purchase the remaining two books (this being the last in the series)and my daughter has loved them so much that she took them all to school to share in class and they still haven't come back. Unlike most series books that seem to get boring as they go along, this trio has held our attention all the way through! A 'must have' for any 7 or 8 (or 32+) year old readers out there.
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This story rounds out the trilogy begun with My Father's Dragon. Leaving Elmer at his home, the baby dragon flies away to his own home, the cave at the center of the Awful Desert in the Mountains of Blueland. There, his parents, six sisters and seven brothers are trapped in a cave whose entrance is guarded by a group of men. In desperation he returns to Elmer to ask for help, and their adventures commence. Through planning, judicious use of provisions, and ingenuity they free the dragon's family from the trap, and Elmer takes his first train ride to return home. The Dragon Affair appears in the newspaper the following day, but Elmer never reveals the secret of his own participation.

This is more of the same fun fare that characterized the first two books, capitalizing on the mystique of dragons which makes Elmer's participation in their lives quite a romantic adventure. Again, Elmer would set a better example by confiding in his parents, but the lighthearted and fanciful nature of this adventure may help young readers interpret his behavior without emulating his secrecy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Matheny on June 26, 2006
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These books are great for kids who are reading early chapter books -- they're not terribly long, but they're quite creative. My son loves them!
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This is a nice way to end this series of books, which can be regarded as "first chapter" books, though there are easier chapter books than these out there. It's comparable to the first book in quality, I think. There is more action and adventure than in the second book, and considering that these books are all about action and adventure, that makes it better.

The dragon's family have been trapped by men, and so the dragon--whose name, we learn, is Boris--flies back to get Elmer's help. I won't give away any more, except to say that there is plenty of satisfying fantasy action. The plot elements are well tied together in the last chapters.

My boy liked all three books, but they did not capture his attention better than, for example, Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. These are lightweight fantasies, and the writing is pretty pedestrian. But they're great for early readers and have enough in the way of engaging action and sympathetic characters to hold a kid's attention.
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