The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon


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The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, Marlene Ekman

Regarded as one of Grahame's most distinguished short stories, the children's classic was first published in 1898 and featured in Dream Days, a reminiscent short story collection for children, and has also been adapted into a feature film from Walt Disney Productions. The story centers on the events following the discovery of a dragon living inside a cave near a small town, which its residents perceive as dangerous and a threat to their safety, whereas as a young boy goes out of his way to prove the dragon's harmless nature. Offering a positive glimpse of compassion, loyalty, and friendship, the classic serves as an early instance of a tale in which a dragon is presented in a good light, far from its previous stereotypical depiction as a menacing beast.

The story sets into motion when a young shepherd boy discovers a dragon residing in a cave near his family home and village. Having read many stories concerning dragons, the young boy has adopted an open-minded attitude toward the feared creature, and quickly befriends the dragon. Moreover, the dragon demonstrates a love for poetry which confirms his intelligence and civility, and also gives an account of his life. However, the townspeople soon learn of the dragon's dwelling and things quickly escalate, as they perceive him as a danger to them all and a problem that needs to be dealt with accordingly. Although the young boy welcomes him with open arms, the townspeople, on the other hand, are not convinced of its harmless intentions and unanimously agree that the beast should be vanquished. Subsequently, St. George arrives and is appointed the task of ridding the town of its unwelcome guest. So, St. George, the dragon, and the shepherd boy are thrown into a thrilling predicament, as they must join forces and come up with a solution that will fulfill everyone's wishes...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816710607
Publisher: Troll Communications L.L.C.
Publication date: 04/01/1989
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame (March 8, 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 movie.

Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. His lush, detailed watercolors have earned him a dedicated following and a reputation as one of America's foremost illustrators of books for children. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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The Reluctant Dragon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.