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My Father's Dragon Paperback – January 12, 2014
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My Father's Dragon is a children's novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon.
The narrative mode is unusual, in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as "my father", giving the impression that this is a true story that happened long ago.
The illustrations within the book are black and white done with a grease crayon on a grained paper, done by Ruth Chrisman Gannett, who also illustrated other children's books such as My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Paco Goes to the Fair, Miss Hickory, Hipo the Hippo, and adult books such as Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 12, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1494915049
- ISBN-13 : 978-1494915049
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years, from customers
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.19 x 9 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2019
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The kids loved it. We read in about three days - kept the attention of my four year old, my seven year old and my nine year old
There are some pages without any pictures, but no more than one spread in a row is without a picture, which helps keep his interest. Additionally, the pictures are well-placed so that if anything happens that kids might find scary (like Elmer meeting hungry tigers in My Father's Dragon) there is a picture that shows that everything is okay on that same page. My son hates conflict in books, or for things to be too scary, so I feel like these books strike a great balance. Nobody (Elmer, the Dragon, any animals they meet) gets injured or eaten, they just get bested with clever solutions.
In these books, Elmer is kind, helpful, and resourceful. I am happy to read these books over and over to my son because the story is good and Elmer is a good role model. I would recommend this series highly as a first chapter book series to read aloud to any child.
All of the animals talk, and this is never explained. I kind of like the lack of explanation actually, and I like the hiding kid being mistaken for a bag of corn.
The plot moves very briskly. The kid says he wants to fly, the cat he meets tells him how to find a dragon, and in the next scene, he's off to find a dragon, simply because he said he wanted to fly one time. Of course, later he wants to rescue the dragon simply to end its mistreatment.
I'm sure this book is fun to read if you're a little kid, or if you're reading to a little kid, but if you're an old man reading it by yourself for the very first time, you kind of hope Willy Wonka will show up or something. I didn't read much when I was little, so I don't know what I'm talking about. You wouldn't have to twist my arm to get me to agree that this is a perfect first chapter book. It's a good length.
The illustrations are beautiful, by the way. They're very, very well done.
This is obviously a project of a self publishing writer and I think she did an amazing job.
One thing though -
My son was sad that we didnt get to read on what happened next when "My Dad" and Dragon went back and met the alley cat. Is it in the next book?
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If talks about a boy similar to the age going on an expedition and his experiences. It shares a lot of emotions.
Little kids can relate to it.