My Father's Dragon

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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 ...
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Overview

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

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440421214
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Series: My Father's Dragon Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 50,960
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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RUTH STILES GANNETT wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944. It was an immediate success, becoming a Newbery Honor Book, and was soon followed by two sequels, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. All three dragon stories have been continuously in print in the more than 40 years since their publication. The author's other books include Katie and the Sad Noise and The Wonderful House-Boat- Train. She is married to the artist and calligrapher Peter Kahn. They have seven daughters and seven grandchildren.

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    A wonderful adventure

    My Father's Dragon


    This story is about a little boy named Elmer. Elmer wanted to fly very badly. An old alley cat told him that he could go to Wild Island to fly. He told Elmer about a baby dragon. The baby dragon was forced to fly the animals across the river. So Elmer goes to Wild Island to save the dragon. Many wild animals on the island catch Elmer. He gets away by tricking them. I kept wondering: Will Elmer be able to save the dragon?
    My favorite character in this book was the mouse. I like the mouse because he mixes up his words and is very funny.
    I like the book because it was an adventure. Each chapter has a new animal with a different problem. To escape Elmer had to solve each problem.
    I would recommend this book to my friends because it is a very good book and it is very well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Recommended for 6 - 7 year old readers

    A male protagonist who encounters many animals; tricks them and finally rescues a dragon. A fun adventure book for kids of all genders who are beginning chapter books readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    Wonderful tale to encourage readers to use their imaginations to

    Wonderful tale to encourage readers to use their imaginations to delve into adventures and a world of fantasy. *Comical at times and very entertaining. *Great escape for the summer. *Fascinating way to encourage readers to enjoy leisure time reading, just reading for entertainment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    FINALLY something he liked!

    My eight year old son really enjoyed this book and we just finished Elmer and the dragon. Cant wait for Blueland! This is a short chapter book, good for building up confidence and speed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    A lifetime favorite!

    I loved reading this book when I was a kid. I have now had the pleasure of reading it to my 6 year old daughter. She could not get enough - "one more chapter please!" Imaginative and silly, perfect for kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    Highly Recommended

    This was the first chapter book I read to my sons. Even after 20 years I still remember how much they loved it. The chapters were the perfect length to sustain their interest as a stepping stone from picture books. I plan to purchase it for my nookcolor so my granddaughter can enjoy this classic.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Entertaining story

    My second grade son enjoyed the adventurous storyline. He would not let me put it down until it was completed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    classical and exciting

    I like to read what my daughter is reading in her 1st grade class then follow up the stories with her.We were having fun since we both know the characters and events.It's funny and a colorful story that we both can't wait to read the whole series.But ,I was warned by her teacher not to read ahead of her or else I will spoil the fun she's having with the whole class.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    A Barnes & Noble worker suggested this book when I was looking for a great early chapter book type story to read aloud to my kids. Great illustrations to keep their young attentions and very imaginative story line. Thank you B & N for the smiles and giggles!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    An enchanting, must read!

    I first read this story when i was in the third grade, but even now I'll catch myself reading it from time to time. Now i love to read it to my younger sister. Edgar and Dragon take you through such a fun adventure. This story will bring out your imagination and sense of adventure. I also reccomend its two sequals 'Edgar and Dragon' and 'The Dragons of Blueland'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    Best Book I ever read as a Child

    I read this book 43 years ago. I read all kinds of books as a child This particular book has stuck with me all these years have been looking for a copy ever since So greatful to see I can get it here.Cant wait to share it with my nieces and nephews and to read it again for myself

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Review by ElizabethB.

    Read in third grade had to get so got from svholastic book order. Recommend to fantasy lovers also dragon lovers. There are other books to this series too, but this one is the best. I love the book because in the front of the book it shows a map of the islands. The author really descibes how aelmer was feeling . His dad was really cool. My favorite charecter in the whole story was the cat. This is one of the best books ever. I also recomened it to people who like to go on adventers. This is a great book for all ages. Even tough it is not a thick book the adventer is for all ages.

    ~Elizabeth B

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    Nook version was missing pictures

    Nook version was missing pictures

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Rulz!!!!!

    Ok y teacher read this book and it was super good/ intreresting. 99 centz iz a bargin.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    The cutest little dragon

    This series of books is a wonderful series. this book is about a little boy who helps a baby dragon be freed from wild island where cruel animals have imprisoned him. The cat who helps the little boy was very smart and told elmer what to bring ultimitly saving elmer's life countless times. i got the first book when i was about 6 or 7, and fell in love with and was heart-broken when i couldn't find the sequels. i was 10 when i bought the sequels and was overjoyed and soon fell in love with them too. i found them when the barnes&noble store opened in a nearby town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    Fun!

    This should be the first chapter book every kid reads! My little brother and I both loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    A Outstanding book!!

    My best friend got me this book for my birthday (She got two,one 4 her one 4 me)and we read some of it together.I just finhsed it today i love it!! ifelt really sorry for the dragon though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    A Definite Top 10

    This book is on my list of top ten children's books. It's a clever story and has everything else, humor, geography, math, economics. A must read for every 7-10 year old.

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