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Puff, the Magic Dragon

Puff, the Magic Dragon

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by Peter Yarrow

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Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all time-a classic that's become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of this magical tale . . . until now. With Yarrow's and Lipton's blessing, Puff,


Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all time-a classic that's become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of this magical tale . . . until now. With Yarrow's and Lipton's blessing, Puff, Jackie Paper, and the land of Honalee finally live on the page.

In richly-hued paintings of the deepest sea blues and greens, Puff and his friend Jackie Paper frolic in the land of Honalee-traveling in a fantastic boat with billowed sails, climbing red castle stairs onto a balcony to meet with noble kings and princes, and watching pirate ships lower their flags for the roaring dragon. Artist Eric Puybaret has brought an entire magical world into being with enthralling landscapes, color, and characters. And everyone will love the way the art cleverly turns the song's end, which at first seemed so sad, into a surprising and joyful moment.

Best of all-this is only the first of many more collaborations with Peter Yarrow to come!

This NOOK Kids Read and Play book features narration, animation and interactivity. Kids can choose to hear the story read aloud and play activities on select pages of the book. Animations replay with a simple tap. Plus, kids can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.

Editorial Reviews

In his glorious picture book debut, Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton's legendary dragon returns to introduce a new generation of children to his magical world. With striking illustrations by Eric Puybaret, this handsome story sends readers to Honalee, where -- as the song goes -- Jackie Paper visits Puff until he grows too old to stay with his friend (thankfully, Jackie brings his daughter to play with Puff at the book's close). If this ode to the popular song isn't enough, an exclusive CD included with the book features Yarrow, his daughter Bethany, and cellist Rufus Cappadocia performing "Puff" and several other songs. A true publishing event that is a heartwarming addition to any bookshelf.
Steven Heller
…the song's slightly depressing overtones didn't stop me from playing it for my own son, now 18 years old, who as it turned out was not as interested in Puff as I was. This might have been a generational hiccup, since kids rarely show interest in what their parents like, but if this new book version of "Puff, the Magic Dragon," beautifully illustrated by Eric Puybaret and smartly designed by Lauren Rille and Scott Piehl, had been available when my son was small, we might have better experienced the song together. More than 40 years after "Puff," composed by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, was released, this volume (with a CD that includes two versions of "Puff" performed by Yarrow; his daughter, Bethany; and Rufus Cappadocia) brings the land of Honalee to new life…The pastel-colored paintings that fill these spreads are replete with elegantly rendered details of the Honalee landscape, including mountains and palm trees, towers and fantastical small animals and pixies.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

This handsome volume offers a charming interpretation of the 1960s folk song, written by Yarrow and Lipton and famously recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. Featuring a soothing palette highlighted by greens and blues, Puybaret's graceful acrylic on linen paintings are intermittently misty and sunny. Echoing the gentle cadence of the song, the sweeping landscapes and seascapes reveal Honalee to be a magical place indeed, with faces appearing on trees, flowers and rocks. Other whimsical flourishes include the book's affable ancillary characters, including diminutive winged fairies and red-and-white striped dolphin-like critters that wear graduation caps. There is, of course, the inevitable somber moment when "One gray night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more,/ And Puff, that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar"; the dragon gazes wistfully upon the departing boy and then slips sadly into his cave. But at the creative hand of Puybaret, a French illustrator who here makes his American publishing debut, the song's potentially sad denouement takes an uplifting turn. As the chorus is repeated one final time, the delighted Puff spies a girl approaching-ostensibly Jackie's daughter-a new friend to frolic with in the autumn mist. Youngsters concerned about the fate of Puff's first playmate will be comforted to see a smiling, grown-up Jackie looking on. Adding to the appeal of the book is a CD presenting a new recording of the song (and two others), sung by Yarrow and his daughter Bethany, accompanied by cellist Rufus Cappadocia. An impressive performance all around. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A lovely-and indeed magical-shift and the beloved anthem becomes quite a satisfying read-aloud for children (and adults). Co-author Lipton says he had no idea that there was a Hanalei Bay with a lava cave just the right size for a dragon, but that's where Puff lives in Honalee. And though Jackie Paper grows up too much to stay with Puff, in the final images he brings his daughter to frolic with the dragon. Puybaret's acrylic-on-linen paintings have smooth edges, elongated shapes and rich matte colors as well as Bosch-ian touches: On Honalee there are peopleflies instead of dragonflies; the dolphins sport mortarboards and gondolier T-shirts; the deeply non-ferocious pirate captain has a hook and an eye patch all the same. A CD with four songs, two of them versions of "Puff," makes a very nice package indeed, especially since Yarrow sings with his daughter. (Picture book and CD. 4-8)
From the Publisher
“…beautifully illustrated…smartly designed…More than 40 years after ‘Puff’…was released, this volume…brings the land of Honalee to new life.”—The New York Times

"Puff is pure magic.”—USA Today

“The lyrics from the ubiquitous 1960s song finally find a hardcover home…lush, stylized artwork [is] rendered in acrylic on linen …The full spreads feature sweeping panoramas set against the blues and greens of ocean and island with small details revealed throughout.”—School Library Journal

"This is the first time the folk classic has been illustrated, and it was worth the wait to hear Yarrow on the enclosed CD while flipping through the lushly imagined land called Honalee."—New York Daily News

“A stunningly beautiful picture book for all ages.”—Chicago Sun-Times

* "This handsome volume offers a charming interpretation of the 1960s folk song. . . Adding to the appeal of the book is a CD presenting a new recording of the song. . . An impressive performance all around."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Meet the Author

In 1959, Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton co-created the timeless and beloved song "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Peter Yarrow’s career has spanned more than four decades. As a member of the renowned trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary, he has earned many gold and platinum awards and numerous Grammys, as well as an Emmy nomination for his animated TV specials based on "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Yarrow is most proud of the Allard K. Lowenstein Award, which he received in 1982 for advancing the causes of human rights, peace, and freedom. Today, he frequently uses his musical and other artistic gifts to convey a message of humanity and caring. In an effort to combat school violence, Yarrow started Operation Respect in 2000, a program that teaches tolerance and respect to children in schools and camps. Lenny Lipton is the inventor of the modern 3D projection system used in cinemas worldwide. He is the author of four books on motion picture technology and received an award from the Smithsonian for his invention. Eric Puybaret was born in France, and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Puff, the Magic Dragon was his first American book, and he also illustrated Sterling's The Nutcracker, written by John Cech.

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Puff, the Magic Dragon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 287 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this song, cartoon and the Peter, Paul and Mary album that the song is on. This is a great book about a classical and mythological character that I grew up with in the 1960's and 1970's. I read this book in Barnes & Noble and was so impressed that I bought it for my little boy to read with me. This book led to me explaining to my son the song and the hit group that sings it, and I even dug out the album so he could enjoy the old number. Puff the Magic Dragon is a timeless character, song and story that kids will be enjoying five-hundred years from now. We love it!
Cheshire56 More than 1 year ago
Puff the Magic Dragon has been life long favorite of mine and I'm now 53. I bought it for my granddaughter so she could learn the lessons of growing up as well as enjoy the characters, the story and the great CD. This is an absolute must for any child's library
MissyMayG More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old LOVES music and books on CD's! This was given to him as a gift from his grandfather. My son really enjoys having a small CD player in his room that he can put his own books on CD into and read along with and listen to music on. He has a drawer for his CD's and the books that go with them. This is one of his favorites. I also like the size of the book and it being a hardback. Some smaller paperbacks that go with CD's tend to get lost in his room (since he gets to be in charge of them) and they get bent since they tend to be smaller and thin. This one is a really nice size and was a great gift, very durable!
Honea More than 1 year ago
I am glad that I read the reviews regarding the book being so short on the nook. I have the hard cover with the CD and it was less expensive than buying the nook version. Very disappointing that the price is higher, but less quality (should be reversed!)
ginger1164 More than 1 year ago
You got to be kidding... 11 pages long and for that price. No Thank you. Thanks for the reviews everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the 1960's we had ideas of what this song was about, but since reading this book with my daughter I've gained a whole new insight into it, and it's great. This is one of the best books I've read with my daughter since she was born. All of you ex-hippies out there, like me, should buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book I bought for my grandkids and was very upset that it was only 4 pages. Am I missing something here..?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story of puff the magic dragon soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much but ive only seen the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O.K. I dissed the book earlier because the audio wasn't working, but the BN technical support told me to archive it then unarchive it and now it works and I love it. Can't wait to share it with my grandchildren.
Loreli More than 1 year ago
The Play aspect of this book is lacking. It's not as interactive as I had hoped, and definitely not worth the price.
Umma More than 1 year ago
My Grandson started to cry when he heard the song, but the book saved the day when Jackie brought his daughter to visit Puff. Great illustrations.
peg42 More than 1 year ago
My two and a half year old grandson loved this gift. He listens to the disk almost non-stop, many days on his way to pre-school and loves the story over and over. He is learning all the words. And, it brings back great memories for grandmom too.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a GREAT book!You should get it if you have a small child.I have a hard cover one.I still love it!I would read it no matter what.The song will ocasionally give me tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 9 and me and my best freind l-o-v-e that song
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter and her mother love this book. It is interactive, and a whole lot of fun.
Patricia Vojack More than 1 year ago
Could not download this book after purchase. Grew up loving this story but there are definitely problems with the ebook version.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
Puff, the Magic Dragon was a classic song when I was growing up, now it's a book my children enjoy. Enchanting story and illustrations make this book a delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When purchasing the Nook book, it warns you that it only works on Nook color and the Nook for iPad... Guess what it doesn't work on? It doesn't even show up in my library in either my Nook or Nook for kids app on my iPad. After reading the other reviews, I wish I had bought the hardcover version instead. Going to try and get a refund, but I am not holding my breath.
lovelitCG More than 1 year ago
I remember loving this story as a child. The illustrations are beautiful and the story can provide some life lessons to young children. As a future teacher, this story is useful in providing imaginative content to present grammar to a young child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Puff the magic dragon, lived by the sea. And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee." I sang this softly to my self in a shaky voice as i was scrolling through a list of books Nook suggested, silently crying in the dark corner of my living room. I saw this book, and millions of memories of the songs and cartoon flew into my head. No childhood is complete without this amazing story of the only friendly dragon left, in the land called Honalee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for young children. I loved this book when i was little. And I still do!! Let your child read this book. I know he/she will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember this from when i was little and was quite disappointed in how short & repetitve the book is. Find the song in some other venue if you want to relay this part of your youth to your child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember this book i lobe it