- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0910 (What's this?)
- Series: My Father's Dragon
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 50 Anv edition (November 25, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679889116
- ISBN-13: 978-0679889113
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 315 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three Tales of My Father's Dragon Hardcover – November 25, 1997
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My Father's Dragon--a favorite of young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book--captures the nonsensical logic of childhood in an amusingly deadpan fashion. The story begins when Elmer Elevator (the narrator's father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island. The quirky, comical adventure ends with a heroic denouement: the freeing of the dragon. Abundant black-and-white lithographs by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (the author's stepmother) add an evocative, lighthearted mood to an already enchanting story. Author Ruth Stiles Gannett's stand-alone sequel, Elmer and the Dragon, and her third volume, The Dragons of Blueland both received starred reviews in School Library Journal and are as fresh and original as her first. (Ages 4 to 8)
"Delightfully logical nonsense, appealing characters and irrepressible humor." -The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fast forward to almost a year later and she's now in love with these books! We started taking turns reading to each other but she was so taken by the story that she finished all three of the stories on her own over the course of a couple weeks. It's one of her favorites now and I've caught her re-reading favorite passages several times (much like I used to re-read favorite passages of Lord of the Rings when I was a little girl!) It was the first chapter book she enjoyed enough to read on her own... Highly recommended.
My kids love My Father's Dragon (we have the audible version of the first book) so it seemed very cost effective to purchase this kindle edition for $10 and add the $4 whispersync audio to get all three books on audio! I was sadly disappointed to find the audio advertised is not for the entire series of three book.
If you are purchasing only to read, I'm sure you will enjoy! This is a great series! I couldn't bring myself to lower my star rating even though I was disappointed for my own purposes of purchasing this book.
Now, almost 20 years later, a new baby made me purchase this set that is one book that includes all three titles. It's hardcover, and illustrated with subtle pictures. The little boy outwits crocodiles with lollipops, saves a dragon with whom he shares tangerines, and goes on wild journeys that a 3-5 year old would especially love.
While it would be considered a higher level of reading (illustrations are only on every third or fourth page), the story is vibrant enough to keep my 3.5 year old interested in what happens next. The content has some suspense and just the right amount of scariness...not enough for nightmares but enough to make him beg me to read more.
This is the 50th anniversary copy for a reason: five decades of fans can't be wrong!