Children'sAction & Adventure, Ages 9–12Classics, Ages 9–12Animal Books, Ages 9-12Children’s, Ages 9–12
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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'My Father's Dragon" is a charming collection of three stories by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It involves a young boy who befriends his father's dragon after rescuing him. Resourcefulness and kindness are two of the major themes.Breton Kaiser-Shinnmore
Writing styles for children's books have change over time; and many books don't age well. This one (actually these since it's a series of three books and not just one) is not one of them. While the stories were written around the mid-40s, they're whimsical enough and aimed at a young enough crowd to not feel too out of place in today's world. Overall they were fun reads for my family. My kids enjoyed hearing the stories, and I enjoyed the glimpse back into a simpler world.more
This is a wonderful story. Elmer gets himself into and out of the most incredible predicaments by using only his ingenuity and tools in his backpack - never harming anyone or anything. There is an audio book as well. We listened to the audio book so much that my children knew the map in the book by heart before ever seeing the book!more
Gannet, Ruth Stiles (1998) Three Tales of My Father's Dragon. Illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannet. New York: Random House.The books holds 3 tales originally published separately but put together for the anniversary of the original story written in 1948. These three stories follow Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris. The fantasy elements of this story include the flying dragon and how Boris goes off to try to rescue him from an island. The author makes this story believable by first beginning with normal, believable idea of Elmer's father finding a cat. He goes on to run away to an island where he see's a dragon. This plot is very original and it is consistent as Elmer goes on to interact with his father's dragon. The three stories are all intertwined and continue the fantasy element in the same way. The ending also provides a good sense of closure and it grounds the story back to reality.more
Over a period of six nights, I read these tales aloud to my six-year-old son, Luke, and three-year-old daughter, Kajsa. Last night after finishing the book I asked Luke if he enjoyed the stories. "I loved it," said Luke. (Meanwhile, Kajsa got far too squirmy to pay much attention after the first 10 minutes of any story). Luke ate it up though. The first of these three tales was published back in 1948! They concern the adventures of a young boy named Elmer Elevator and a baby dragon that he rescues in the first tale. Cute, light-weight stuff with a few illustrations sprinkled throughout. The end papers of the book are two different maps of the story’s environs. Luke wants to make his own maps now.more
Reading this one with Q and Lu before bed...We read about 1 and a half of the 3 books in this collection. My Father's Dragon was a fun book with lots of little adventures with animals. They got bored with the second story, so we stopped reading...more
I think this is the first actual chapter book I remember reading. It was my absolute favorite. I could read it over and over again. Today it is still one of my favorites.more
Befriending an old alley cat, Elmer Elevator (my father) learns about an injured baby dragon that has been captured by the cruel jungle animals on Wild Island. The animals are abusive to the baby dragon, twisting his golden wings, chaining him around the neck and forcing him to fly them across an alligator infested river. The cat and Elmer devise a plan to rescue the baby dragon using chewing gum, pink lollipops, rubber bands, boots, a compass, toothbrush and toothpaste, brush and comb, and seven hair ribbons. At first, these items seem improbable and frivolous, but each plays an important part in conquering the wild animals. So begins an irresistible tale filled with adventure, humor, logic, and nonsense. This book is a GREAT introduction to chapter books and lends itself well to ‘a-chapter-a-day’ read aloud. A few simple black and white pictures help move the story along to its hair-raising ending. Also included in this edition are the continuing adventures of Elmer and the Baby dragon in 'Elmer and the Dragon' and 'The Dragons of Blueland'.more
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