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Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit

Book of Dragons (original 1900; edition 1997)

by Edith Nesbit

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Title:Book of Dragons
Authors:Edith Nesbit
Info:Troll Communications (1997), Edition: 3rd THUS, Paperback
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Tags:fiction, YA, mythology, dragons

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The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit (1900)



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Probably not for the very youngest children. One of Nesbit's very best works, and one of my favorites. The sly and ironic attitude helps it hold up well over the generations. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Cute fairy tales

These were fun stories to read with my son. Being a dragon lover, I wish there were more stories where the dragon wasn't the villain, but they were cute stories nonetheless. I love the way they were written, with comments directed at the reader. ( )
  TaraAnderson | Aug 12, 2015 |
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  antiquary | Mar 5, 2014 |
A set of short stories having nothing in common except that they are about dragons. Some are rather minor Nesbit, but Nesbit is always worth reading. A line that stuck in my mind as a child was "Fair play is a jewel" --the idea that being fair even to enemies is just. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 30, 2013 |
Nesbit's tone is often preachy, and the narrative voice is a little patronising and didactic, but if you can ignore that, I think these stories are delightful. I liked Prince Tiresome's pack of hippos, and also, perhaps especially, all the reversals in the land of Rotundia: the buns growing on trees, the tiny elephants... Fido the tiny elephant is completely adorable.

Lovely, and bitesize. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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Blegvad, ErikIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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He happened to be building a palace when the news came, and he left all the bricks kicking about the floor for Nurse to clear up - but then the news was rather remarkable news.
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This contains eight dragon tales (originally published in 1899-1900). They include: "The Book of Beasts","Uncle James, or the Purple Stranger", "The Deliverers of Their Country","The Ice Dragon, or Do as You are Told", "The Island Of the Nine Whirlpools", "The Dragon Tamers","The Fiery Dragon, or the Heart of Stone and the Heart of Gold", "Kind Little Edmund, or the Caves and the Cockatrice". A later collection called The Complete Book of Dragons (1972) contains an extra story.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0816708525, Paperback)

A classic collection of dragon tales by author Edith Nesbit.

"Sire, your great-great-great-great-great-grandfather's death happened when my grandfather was a little boy," said the Prime Minister, "and since then your loyal people have been saving up to buy you a crown--so much a week, you know, according to people's means--sixpence a week from those who have first-rate pocket money, down to a halfpenny a week from those who haven't so much. You know it's the rule that the crown must be paid for by the people."

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Presents eight tales about dragons, both dangerous and friendly, in a variety of times, places, and situations, including magical kingdoms and the exploits of daring heroes.

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