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My Father's Dragon Paperback – October 31, 2009
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Who knew that chewing gum, magnifying glasses, lollipops, rubber bands, hair ribbons, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and potato sacks would be indispensible in the jungle? Every animal he found was in trouble, and as he offered to help them, they immediately turned their anger away and were so excited at the treasures he offered! For example, there was the poor lion who had gotten his mane all tangled and snagged in the blackberry bushes. He was worried because his mother was coming to visit him, and if she saw him in that state, she would cut off his allowance! Luckily, Elmer had a brush and some hair ribbons in his backpack, so he showed the lion how to carefully brush all the tangles out and braid his hair, then tied it up with colorful ribbons! The lion was so excited! Now surely his mother wouldn't cut off his allowance!! It was so hilarious! Every encounter was just as funny!
I can see why this is a treasured story even now; the writing is so easy to understand and on the perfect level for a young reader--full of excitement and adventure and adversity, but not enough to overwhelm. I will most certainly be passing this one on to my children to read on their own--and will probably enjoy reading it aloud as well! Overall rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
VIOLENCE: Very Mild
SEXUAL CONTENT: None
MATURE THEMES: Mild
RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 9+
There is no profanity or sexual content whatsoever in this little book. The violence is very mild, and consists of a mother spanking her boy for disobeying her, and talk of animals bullying a dragon. The themes are also mild: Dealing with bullies and unkind people/creatures and running away from home. My Father's Dragon is perfect for young readers and as a read aloud for all ages! It is a Squeaky Clean Read for ages 9+!
This review was written by Emily
A Squeaky Clean Reads Book Reviewer
This book was sent to Squeaky Clean Reads by Yearling for a review
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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.