The Reluctant Dragon
The Boy lives in a cottage with his mother and father, and the Dragon lives in a cave on the Downs. The Boy is his only friend. The Dragon is not at all the sort of Dragon one might expect to meet, however - he's polite, and friendly, and just came to the Downs to lead a peaceful life and compose poetry. However the Dragon soon finds himself the target of a campaign on the...more
But, the townspeople are afraid and, even though the dragon hasn't harmed anyone, they want to get rid of him. Will the boy be able to keep the dr...more
The plot of this story is straightforward enough: A dragon moves into a cave near a village. The villagers want the dragon gone. The villagers hire a knight to fight the dragon. But there are such delightful twists and turns along the...more
This is a truly wonderful story-within-a-story: two children, fancying that the snow tracks they've followed from their yard are those of a dragon, encounter a kindly neighbor, who tells them a story - of course, about a boy who meets a literarily-inclined, and unusually good-tempered dragon.
Whimsical, warm and clever.
2. This story of a boy and a special dragon that has a unique relationship with the boy. The boy earns the trust and friendship of the dragon. The boy soon discovers that a St. Georges will be coming to defeat the dragon, but he soon arranges a meeting between the dragon and the Saint so that a "fight" can be arranged.
A. Uniqueness of the plot
B. Besides the traditional story of the knight that defeats a dragon, this story does an excel...more
The Reluctant Dragon is a hear-warming tale of friendship, problem solving, and challenging old ideas. A boy ventures into the cave above his house after his terrified Father claims he met a dragon. The boy, who spends his immersed in all types of books, befriends a surprisingly well-mannered dragon after joining him for some evening poetry, tea and biscuits. Soon after, the townspeople, begin to talk and call on the services of...more
I probably wouldn't have picked this up if it weren't for the reference in "Tending the Heart of Virtue." The story was fine. It wasn't terribly inspiring, but it was a little entertaining. Once we finished reading I wanted to remember which section of "Tending the Heart..." it was in. Turns out that it's in the section about friends and mentors (He mentions that this is the most lovable dragon in children't literature. Instead, I pick the dragon from "My Fath...more
I like how St. George shows up to fight the Dragon already canonized (referred to throughout as "the Saint"). And I like how the Boy has nothing better to do than lie around and read whatever he likes.
It's a very good fairy tale and is probably one of the first stories to portray a classic monster as an intellectual lover of peace. I'm sure mu...more
In movies, dragons are the "please-don't-eat-me" type of mangy beasts. But in this story, the...more
The conversations between the dragon and the boy shine here, and while there's some larger and little used vocabulary in this book, my 7 year old managed to correctly infer the meaning of most of the narrative with no help from me.
This version, with the old illustration...more
This is a short book, but a good story about a unique and friendly Dragon. The illustrations weren't so bad either. I won't say this has become a favorite, but it is a rather nice...more
This book was written in old style English, but it was short and quick. It had a good story line and a couple of clever characters. I think most adults could read the book in less than an hour. But it is written for children, and they might take a while longer.
I think it would be a wonderful chapter book to read...more
The main plot is fairly simple, and has a solid structure.
Cheers and Happy Reading Kids!
I also like that the boy in the book is treated by his elders as someone worth listening to. Children's feeling and thoughts should be taken into account by adults and I think it was a good theme that the boy might have a unique perspective into certain matters, so the adults took the time to listen.
because he didn't let his dragon die, and the dragon was nice.
what is the most exciting part of the story?
the most exciting part is when st. george got to be their friend.
what is your favorite part?
My favorite part is when the dragon met the boy
what is your least favorite part?
when the saint tore off some of his skin.
Would you recommend this book to a friend?