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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)
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The classic fantasy trilogy of Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon has delighted children and their parents for generations. Now, on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary, Random House is proud to bring the three timeless tales together in one beautiful commemorative edition, complete with the original delightful illustrations. A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, My Father's Dragon is followed by Elmer and the Dragon ("rich, humorous, and thoroughly satisfying"*) and The Dragons of Blueland ("ingenious and plausible, the fantasy well-sustained"*). Each story stands alone, but read in succession, they are an unforgettable experience.*Library Journal, starred review
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We already have the three books but I wanted to get a set for my son's school. I ordered this one but noticed how short it is. The third book is only a few pages long. It didn't say abridged anywhere in the info or on the book jacket. But on one of the first pages it says "A Compilation" which I thought meant put together, but may also mean abbreviated. I sent it to the school anyway since I'd already paid for it. But now I'll find the three separate books so the kids can get the full story.
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.
Update:....took my 8 yr old GD and a friend to see the play today. What a lovely timeless tale . She is enjoying the book and told me all about it. The other kids I spoke to ther all loved the book. I can see why this is recommended!
The stories themselves are innocent and charming, spiced with the idea of "running away from home" but with no danger or scariness, and with cute, retro illustrations. Absolutely perfect!