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My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

My Father's Dragon (original 1948; edition 1987)

by Ruth Stiles Gannett

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Title:My Father's Dragon
Authors:Ruth Stiles Gannett
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1987), Paperback, 96 pages
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My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1948)



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Lexile: 990L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 3, 2016 |
"My Father's Dragon" is a whimsical story about a boy who frees and befriends his father's dragon. The story takes place on the islands his father told him about in his stories. This novel is a brilliant reminder of the power of stories,
and their profound meaning to children to whom they are told. ( )
  Breton07 | Jun 24, 2016 |
I liked these when I read them to my sons, but I believe I attempted them and didn't like them when I was a child. Hmm. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
it's about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon ( )
  lindy_brooke | Apr 12, 2016 |
I did this as a play in kindergarten!! ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
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One cold rainy day when my father was a little boy, he met an old alley cat on his street.
He took chewing gum, two dozen pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, black boots, a compass, a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, 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. (p. 20)
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My Father's Dragon--a favorite of young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book--captures the nonsensical logic of childhood in an amusingly deadpan fashion. The story begins when Elmer Elevator (the narrator's father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island. The quirky, comical adventure ends with a heroic denouement: the freeing of the dragon. Abundant black-and-white lithographs by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (the author's stepmother) add an evocative, lighthearted mood to an already enchanting story. Author Ruth Stiles Gannett 's stand-alone sequel, Elmer and the Dragon, and her third volume, The Dragons of Blueland both received starred reviews in School Library Journal and are as fresh and original as her first. (Ages 4 to 8)

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A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

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