The Reluctant Dragonby Kenneth Grahame
The Reluctant Dragon is an 1898 children's story by Kenneth Grahame (originally published as a chapter in his book Dream Days), which served as the key element to the 1941 feature film with the same name from Walt Disney Productions. The story has also been set to music as a children's operetta by John Rutter, with words by David Grant. The story takes place in the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire (where the author lived and where, according to legend, St George did fight a dragon). It is Grahame's most famous short story. It is arguably much more well-known than Dream Days itself or the related The Golden Age. It can be seen as a prototype to most modern stories in which the dragon is a sympathetic character rather than a threat.
In Grahame's story, a young boy discovers an erudite, mushroom-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. The two become friends, but soon afterwards the dragon is discovered by the townsfolk, who send for St George to rid them of it.
Kenneth Grahame (July 20, 1859 - July 6, 1932) was a British writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon, which was much later adapted into a Disney film.
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Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859. From the age of five, he lived with his grandmother in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, where he spent a lot of time on the banks of the River Thames. It was here that he wrote THE RELUCTANT DRAGON, which was first published in DREAM DAYS in 1898, ten years before the publication of his most famous work, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.
Ernest Howard Shepard (December 10, 1879 – March 24, 1976) was an English artist and book illustrator. He was known especially for his human-like animals in illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
LEONARD S. MARCUS is the children's book industry's most respected historian and critic. His many books include Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon and Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Parenting magazine, the Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly.
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Book Review Outline Book title and author: The Reluctant Dragon Kenneth Grahame Title of review: the dragon Number of stars (1 to 5):3 Introduction The book is about a dragon that is very lazy and a farmer finds him and the farmer tells his family theirs a dragon in a cave so the boy meets the dragon and becomes friends with him. Description and summary of main points The author likes to usse excitement in this book to show how the dragon and the boy are friends. I a, judgeing the book on how much excitement and entertainment it brings to me and maybe to every one that reads it. One of the main points is when the boy meets the dragon and the dragon is scared and tells the boy “Now don’t you hit me,or bung stones,or squirt water.” Evaluation I thought the book was pretty good because it showed that some people can do things that other people cant do and if you read books you will beable to get through tough situations like the boys father.the boy would read fictions books and he learned about dragons so it helped him talk to the dragon and that is my opinoin on the book why I think its good. Conclusion The conflict ended by the dragon becoming friends with the knight but the people wanted him to die he pretended to fight the knight and acted like the knight killed him and then left in the middle of the night. Your final review I would suggest that other people read the book because it is very interresting.
'The Reluctant Dragon' by Kenneth Grahame is a great short story. It is about a boy who stumbles upon a dragon. He soon tells the town folk about his discovery. After, the town begins using the dragon as a scapegoat for all of the problems. A man named St. George is hired to slay the dragon. The boy has a conversation with the dragon and discovers he is a kind hearted dragon. In the story there are several characters, the boy, the father, the dragon, the mother, and St. George. This story reminded me of 'Beauty and the Beast' in that the dragon and the beast are both noble characters but are mistook to be horrible. The problem with the book that I had was that it was probaly intended for a younger audience. It is good for children in that it teaches strong morals.
I like this book because it teaches me a lesson of compassion and justice. The young boy defended the dragon because he did not misjudge it by its looks. The people from the village were dishonest for making false accusations about the dragon; but the young boy never let them confuse him from his own feelings about the dragon. A very good story to read and good lesson to learn.