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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST TRANSITIONAL BOOKS I KNOW OF. This work is a delight, cover to cover., July 22, 2011
This review is from: My Father's Dragon: The Bestselling Children Story (Paperback)
With the incredible popularity of dragons these days among the younger set, I am always a bit surprised that this work is not more widely known and available. It is a tale which was written in 1948, which if you do your arithmetic, makes it, at time of this writing, about 63 years old...not as old as I am, but pretty old never-the-less. I can tell you right now and for sure that this is one of the best read a loud books I know of and it is a perfect transitional book for the little ones ready to go into chapter books.

This is a tale of a magical adventure by a little boy, Elmer Elevator, who we find is actually the father of the narrator. This is a rather odd touch, especially for books written at that time, but it adds something a bit special to the book in my opinion as it reinforces the idea that fathers are not the actual boring creatures the child might think, but rather were once young and adventuresome themselves...I like that.

Anyway, our hero Elmer finds a stray cat and gives her milk and food. This cat turns out to be a magical cat and informs Elmer of the plight of a baby dragon (despite Elmer's mother being rude to the cat). It seems that this baby dragon is in big time trouble (bruised wing), and is stranded in a magical place called "Wild Island." He is unable to escape and is being held captive on the island. Elmer begins his adventure to save the little winged creature.

This is the often times quite funny story of the young lad Elmer and his encounter with various animals on the distant island and his attempts to rescue. Elmer is quite resourceful and uses many common place things to trick the animals he meets; rubber bands, chewing gum, ribbons, magnifying glasses and the like. Some of the animals try to eat him; others become his friends.

The illustrations are in black and white, done with a crayon type instrument. They were wonderfully executed by the author's mother-in-law, Ruth C. Gannett and bring the story to life in a wonderful way.
These two women worked together for years and there are at least two sequels to this particular story.

This book is simply fun. As you read it either with your child, or if the child reads it on their own, you will hear many a giggle as the story most certainly contains some very funny stuff.

This work won a Newbery Honor award and was an A.L.A Notable Book.

Good art, good story, funny and simply a very fun read...what more could you want? And as another reviewer has stated - you will go far before you find a more adorable baby dragon. Don't let this one slip by you and your child.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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D. Blankenship
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