Three Tales of 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...

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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            

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307284051
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CDs, 1hr. 40 min.
  • Sales rank: 1,469,649
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 5.87 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Stiles Gannett wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944. She lives in Upstate New York.Ruth Chrisman Gannett was already a well-established illustrator when she began collaboration with her stepdaughter on My Father's Dragon.
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Chapter Two

MY FATHER RUNS AWAY

Wild Island is practically cut in two by a very wide and muddy river," continued the cat. "This river begins near one end of the island and flows into the ocean at the other. Now the animals there are very lazy, and they used to hate having to go all the way around the beginning of this river to get to the other side of the island. It made visiting inconvenient and mail deliveries slow, particularly during the Christmas rush. Crocodiles could have carried passengers and mail across the river, but crocodiles are very moody, and not the least bit dependable, and are always looking for something to eat. They don't care if the animals have to walk around the river, so that's just what the animals did for many years."


"But what does all this have to do with airplanes?" asked my father, who thought the cat was taking an awfully long time to explain.

"Be patient, Elmer," said the cat, and she went on with the story. "One day about four months before I arrived on Wild Island a baby dragon fell from a low-flying cloud onto the bank of the river. He was too young to fly very well, and besides, he had bruised one wing quite badly, so he couldn't get back to his cloud. The animals found him soon afterwards and everybody said, 'Why, this is just exactly what we've needed all these years!' They tied a big rope around his neck and waited for the wing to get well. This was going to end all their crossing-the-river troubles."

"I've never seen a dragon," said my father. "Did you see him? How big is he?"

"Oh, yes, indeed I saw the dragon. In fact, we became great friends," said the cat. "I used to hide in the bushes and talk to him when nobody was around. He's not a very big dragon, about the size of a large black bear, although I imagine he's grown quite a bit since I left. He's got a long tail and yellow and blue stripes. His horn and eyes and the bottoms of his feet are bright red, and he has gold-colored wings."

"Oh, how wonderful!" said my father. "What did the animals do with him when his wing got well?"

"They started training him to carry passengers, and even though he is just a baby dragon, they work him all day and all night too sometimes. They make him carry loads that are much too heavy, and if he complains, they twist his wings and beat him. He's always tied to a stake on a rope just long enough to go across the river. His only friends are the crocodiles, who say 'Hello' to him once a week if they don't forget. Really, he's the most miserable animal I've ever come across. When I left I promised I'd try to help him someday, although I couldn't see how. The rope around his neck is about the biggest, toughest rope you can imagine, with so many knots it would take days to untie them all.

"Anyway, when you were talking about airplanes, you gave me a good idea. Now, I'm quite sure that if you were able to rescue the dragon, which wouldn't be the least bit easy, he'd let you ride him most anywhere, provided you were nice to him, of course. How about trying it?"

"Oh, I'd love to," said my father, and he was so angry at his mother for being rude to the cat that he didn't feel the least bit sad about running away from home for a while.

That very afternoon my father and the cat went down to the docks to see about ships going to the Island of Tangerina. They found out that a ship would be sailing the next week, so right away they started planning for the rescue of the dragon. The cat was a great help in suggesting things for my father to take with him, and she told him everything she knew about Wild Island. Of course, she was too old to go along.

Everything had to be kept very secret, so when they found or bought anything to take on the trip they hid it behind a rock in the park. The night before my father sailed he borrowed his father's knapsack and he and the cat packed everything very carefully. He took chewing gum, two dozen pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, black rubber boots, a compass, a toothbrush and a tube of tooth paste, six magnifying glasses, a very sharp jackknife, a comb and a hairbrush, seven hair ribbons of different colors, an empty grain bag with a label saying "Cranberry," some clean clothes, and enough food to last my father while he was on the ship. He couldn't live on mice, so he took twenty-five peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and six apples, because that's all the apples he could find in the pantry.

When everything was packed my father and the cat went down to the docks to the ship. A night watchman was on duty, so while the cat made loud queer noises to distract his attention, my father ran over the gangplank onto the ship. He went down into the hold and hid among some bags of wheat. The ship sailed early the next morning.




Excerpt from THREE TALES OF MY FATHER'S DRAGON by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Copyright © by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.
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First Chapter

Elmer Elevator and Boris, a baby flying dragon, have been entertaining young readers for 50 years. The tales of these two special friends are timeless! Now, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of MY FATHER'S DRAGON, the three tales in Ruth Stiles Gannett's classic fantasy trilogy have been brought together in one beautiful commemorative edition, complete with the delightful original illustrations. A Newbery Honor Book and ALA American Library Association Notable Book, MY FATHER'S DRAGON is followed by ELMER AND THE DRAGON and THE DRAGONS OF BLUELAND.

In MY FATHER'S DRAGON, follow along on a journey to Wild Island, where brave Elmer Elevator must rescue a captive, overworked baby flying dragon from a jungle teeming with wild jungle beasts. After a dangerous but successful rescue, Elmer Elevator and the gentle baby dragon fly into the evening sky, leaving Wild Island behind forever. Here begins ELMER AND THE DRAGON. The dragon, free, happy, and grateful, promises to fly Elmer back home to Nevergreen City on the coast of Popsicornia. But a ferocious storm forces them out of the sky and they must make an unexpected stop on a strange island inhabited by canaries, all of whom are sick with curiosity. And it's up to Elmer and the dragon to figure out a cure before they can continue on to Nevergreen City. In the DRAGONS OF BLUELAND, Elmer and the dragon finally get to Nevergreen City and bid one another farewell. Elmer returns home to his mother and father, and the dragon sets off to Blueland, to finally reunite with his six sisters, seven brothers, and his dear gigantic mother and father. But it's not long before the dragon must once again call upon his faithful friend Elmer, to help rescue his family, who have been trapped in a cave by dragon-hunting men. Elmer saved the dragon once, but can he now save the dragon's whole family?

Each story stands alone, but read in succession, they are a delightful and unforgettable experience.

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    Must read

    Books every boy should read!

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    Awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Anonumous

    This book was one of the best books i ever read!!!!!

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Fun, creative story!

    We read this while in Florida on vacation--my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter, Emma, and I and it brought such joy and laughter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Im 11 and i loved this book so much

    The book is so interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Best books ever

    My school librarian sugested them to me and i instantly fell in love! I didnt ever want them to end!!!! Definetly a MUST READ!!

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    Posted February 14, 2012

    Awesome

    I bet it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    My boys love this book

    Both my boys were read this by their kindergarden teacher and it still remains a favorite. It is a wonderful story.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Fantastic Listening for all ages - our children loved it from age 4 and up!

    Elmer uses his creative mind & cleverness to adapt & escape from many harrowing adventures. All without harming anyone or any creature. Great character lessons. We give this as gifts for most birthdays - boys and girls. Exciting to find a story featuring a boy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    Wonderful, Enchanting Stories

    My 5 year old son and I enjoyed reading these books together. We would read a chapter or two each evening, and I found myself looking forward to the next chapter as much as he did. Full of adventure and the maps inside the cover help to chart your way through the story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    A treasure for your child's library

    The hero of this wonderful book has everything you and your child will love: compassion, courage, wit and endurance. The fantastic journey of a little boy, who rescues a baby dragon, is a reading adventure, that your child will keep as a treasure in his library. And he or she will read it to your grandchildren. Because it is beautifuly written, enchanting, captivating and funny. What else do you need? A cozy couch and a plate full of cookie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2001

    A Magical Book That Will Stay With You Forever

    This is one of those stories that will be relived in one's memory forever. The story is enchanting and Elmer's compassion for the cat he meets on the dock as well as for the captive baby dragon he rescues is a display of character not found in modern kids literature. His adventures along the way are fantastic and he does it all on his own by using his cleverness and intelligence, NOT witchcraft and sorcery. The pictures and the map will delight the reader. Positively one of the best books of my youth. It is timeless and of high quality, unlike the substance-deprived drivel of today. Buy extras to give as gifts. Every kid (and parent) to whom my kids have given this book have been thrilled with it. Age range: 4 - 110

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    Great book for kids of all ages!

    I read this book a long time ago and I forgot all about it till the other day I see it in my library. My sister is now reading it and she loves it. We are also listening to the audio book at night when we go to bed. My whole family loves it! I definately recomend it for children 8 and up, but it is a great book to read to younger children before they go to bed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Awesome

    I'm in 8th grade and i love these books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2000

    adventure story

    this book was great--i read it five times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    My eight year old son loved it!

    It was a book we all enjoyed as a family. We usually read it outload before bed or our son read it by himself. It's a great story and he wants to read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    Great Adventures with a remarkable Dragon and his pal

    Elmer Elevator captures your heart and stays in your mind forever. He has some awesome flying adventures around the globe with his pal the little dragon. My son wishes he could fly too. Buy all three or buy the 'Three Tales' combined.

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