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With the help of a bright little boy, a poetic dragon defies stereotypes in a humorous tale by the author of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, abridged and splendidly illustrated by Inga Moore.

Dragons are a scourge and must be abolished — at least, that's what all the villagers say. It doesn't seem to matter that this particular dragon wouldn't hurt a fly and is more than content to laze by his cave and make up poetry. He certainly doesn't want to ...

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Hague, Michael New York, NY 1988 Hard cover Turtleback School & Library ed. Good. Go green, recycle! Book may have wear from reading, may contain some library markings. Library ... binding. 41 p. Contains: Illustrations. Intended for a juvenile audience. Read more Show Less

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Illustrated by Shepard, Ernest 1938 Pictorial Cover; Ninth Printing Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 0833521470. Ex-Library; 10 oz.; Ex library HC w/DJ Good+ aged glue marks ... inside covers o/w very clean/tight/bright condition. When a dragon is discovered up on the Downs, the Boy is not in the least surprised. He's always known the cave there was a dragon cave, so it seems only right for a dragon to be living in it. Read more Show Less

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Overview

With the help of a bright little boy, a poetic dragon defies stereotypes in a humorous tale by the author of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, abridged and splendidly illustrated by Inga Moore.

Dragons are a scourge and must be abolished — at least, that's what all the villagers say. It doesn't seem to matter that this particular dragon wouldn't hurt a fly and is more than content to laze by his cave and make up poetry. He certainly doesn't want to fight, though it seems he will have no choice when St. George arrives on his warhorse with golden armor gleaming, carrying the longest, wickedest spear you ever did see. Still, the dragon does have one friend — the shepherd's son, a small boy with a great deal of sense and imagination. Will he find a way to solve the dragon¹s dilemma?

The story of the last dragon on earth who is far more interested in reading and writing poetry than pillaging villages as dragons of old always did. Even though St. George, the dragon slayer, is called in to slay the dragon because of the bad reputation of all dragon’s who snort fire and cause danger, the village sees his good qualities and allows him to remain. This is a great frolicking story of humor and imagination. 1 Compact Disc: Playing Time 71 minutes. Full Cast Production and unabridged, produced by Alcazar AudioWorks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833521477
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Inga Moore has written and illustrated numerous children's picture books. She abridged and illustrated THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS in two acclaimed volumes, THE RIVER BANK and THE ADVENTURES OF TOAD, as well as E. Nesbit's THE BOOK OF BEASTS. Inga Moore lives in Gloucestershire, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    highly recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    Mark's Review

    '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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    READ THIS FANTASTIC STORY!

    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.

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