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My Father's Dragon Paperback – October 31, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The best thing about the book for me was that even though there's plenty of action (mostly involving the little boy outsmarting a series of wild animals in order to reach the dragon), there's nothing the least bit scary here. That was very important to me as the mother of a four-year-old. The book was written in the forties, and it has a sweet, gentle, old-fashioned quality that it's hard to find in any form of entertainment for young children today. (Even Disney is too intense for a lot of four-year-olds.) It has the kind of innocence most of us would like our children to be able to hang on to for a few years.
My son loved the book so much we read it over and over again, and went on to read the other two books in the series (Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland) many times as well.
Years later, when he was in third grade, his teacher mentioned to me that she was hunting for a chapter book to read to the class, but wasn't having much luck. Everything she looked at seemed beyond the attention span of many of the kids in her class. I told her about My Father's Dragon, but I also said it probably wasn't exciting enough to hold the attention of third graders. But she tried it anyway, and later told me that kids who had never shown any interest in books were reminding her every day to read another chapter. She, too, went on to read the whole series.
It's a great introduction to chapter books. More important, it's a lovely, gentle book to share with a child.
Instead, he came home from his multi-age class rhapsodizing about a book I had never heard of...My Father's Dragon. And although I haven't read it (yet), I can tell you for sure what happens in the first five chapters, because my son tells us all with such verve and enthusiasim about the adventures that take place there! How the narrator's father gets out of the tigers, and builds a bridge with the crocodiles are two of his favorite parts, and the words "Bome Cack! Bome Cack!! have entered our vocabularies probably forever.
I think the three books in this series will be entering our household at Christmas time, and I can't wait to read them myself!
This is a fun early reader chapter book. The chapters are the perfect length to hook the beginning reader. The story is imaginative, delightful, and downright funny in spots while still being simple enough for young kids to follow. I reread it recently for the first time in years and was surprised at how short and simple it really was. When I was a boy, it seemed much longer and more complicated. There are numerous drawings that wonderfully highlight some of the funnier parts of the story. Adults should enjoy it just as much as their kids.
Readers of this book will want to get the other two in the series and read the further adventures of Elmer. This is a series that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not the official printing of the book and it is not the same size as the two others in the series that I ordered so I could not give this as a gift. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alison Davidson
My favorite part was the ending when the father tricks the crocodiles with the lollipops. Then the animals that were following the father cross the crocodiles and the crocodiles... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Candice Schneider
I read this to my 6 and 3 year old boys before bed and they were called captivated. Can t wait to read the next one.Published 1 month ago by dandylion
Best chapter book for kids ever! Creative, suspenseful, imaginative, problem-solving...it has everything. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This wasn't the first chapter book that I read to my daughter, but I wish it was. The story is inventive, adventurous, and so sweet that we both must have cavities now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by funky town
This book was just OK. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. It's a slightly clever story, yet pretty boring overall. I read it to my kids and they were mildly entertained.Published 2 months ago by SoCalGuy